Film “Haze” Sends Powerful Message to Underclassmen


Graphic by Ryder Chasin. Photo contributed by MCT Campus.

“Haze” was shown to the freshmen and sophomores of Staples, flashing—among other warnings—the dangers of binge drinking.

Only three minutes into the movie Haze, the freshmen and sophomores of Staples knew they were on an emotional rollercoaster.

Haze, a movie presented by TAG discouraging students from drinking, recounts the story of college freshman Gordie Bailey, who died in 2004 after drinking excessively with his fraternity brothers.

The movie presented two main points. First, it gave evidence as to why binge drinking so much at such a young age—an idea deeply engrained in college culture—is so dangerous. Second, it encouraged those who choose to drink to remain aware and careful of their friends’ decisions and health.

Some underclassmen found it strange to be shown a movie about college hazing at their younger age.

“I think it sent a very powerful message,” Sarah Quagliariello ’15 said. “However, I do think it would have been more effective if it had focused more on the drinking problems in high school life as opposed to college life.”

Still, students say they became attached to Gordie and his story right from the start. With the initial appeal, the movie continued to grow on them while helping them learn more about the temptations ahead.