Hazing? Never heard of it. Who hazes? Well, for those who believe in the ludicrous myth that fraternities and sororities carry on the age-old tradition of hazing, here’s your glorified top-10 list. Make that 14. With the help of Ranker.com, we’ve compiled the top-14 most brutal college hazing rituals. Take it with a grain of salt as the sorority chicks are thrown into the mix. We’ve left out the obvious hazing rituals that straight-up kill pledges. These combine the most well-known, yet brutal techniques out there. If we’ve missed your favorite, speak the fuck up by sounding off in the comments…
Raped By A Sharpie
No, this isn’t the kind of “Sharpie Rape“ you see in most schools that really just means getting marked on by a Sharpie (a permanent marker) unexpectedly. This is actual, sexual, penetration; using a Sharpie.
In 2002, seven football players from Methodist College in North Carolina were arrested on hazing charges for restraining a freshman, stripping him of his underwear, writing all over his butt and smacking it numerous times.
The worst part is that to “seal the deal”, as it were, the player with the most ironic position-name, Antonio Wilkerson (wide receiver for the team) sexually assaulted the freshman athlete with a Sharpie marker after everything had been said and done.
He, along with the other Methodist players involved, were suspended after their November 14th arrests and did not partake in the team’s final game. Check out the fucked up story here.
Decision: Cocaine or Dildo?
Sororities are just as sexually cruel, if not infinitely moreso, than Fraternities. Looking at this list, it’s apparent that the women in Sororities are more interested in emotional and social humiliation than the males. Males tend to angle towards the physical feats of strength or disgustingness. Both (freely) exercise public humiliation, but the levels of both differ and definitely run deeper in female circles. For examples…
The Hazing Prevention Center, one of the leading non-profit organizations working to eradicate hazing, receives hundred of emails from traumatized victims of sorority and fraternity hazing. One e-mail was from a girl who reported that she had to either use a dildo in front of all her “sisters” or take a hit of cocaine.
So it’s either your morals… or your morals? Or your common sense vs… your common sense? It’s a toss-up. Well fuck, I’m a guy, I’d push to watch the dildo scene. But hey, that’s just me. I’m not a heavy drug pusher. I like my girls drug-free. In college, weed is just as prevalent as alcohol. But coke is a whole new ball game…
Boiling Hot Water
At Tulane University, pledges for Pi Alpha Kappa were put under boiling water for the most physically enduring pain they’d ever had. Fraternity brothers used boiling water containing pepper spray and a “crab boil” seasoning mixture containing cayenne pepper to pour over their victims’ backs.
Oddly enough, the ones who screamed didn’t get burned as badly, but those who held it in got the worst of it. As the evening went on, the water got hotter, and the burns deeper.
One pledge suffered second- and third-degree burns to his back, chest, buttocks and genitals. He was subjected to twice-daily burn treatments by doctor’s orders. He was also not able to take his exams or travel that semester.
10 of the “brothers” faced charges of aggravated second-degree battery. That’s fucked up…check out the story.
In this procedure, the sisters forced pledges to strip off their shirts and bras in a cold room, and then line up in order of breast size. Hard nipples? Abso-fucking-lutely. It’s a clear mind fuck. Not exactly painful, but if you’re a chick, it goes a little deeper.
I guess it’s like lining up in order of dick size? Whatever, it’s a chick thing. Read about it here.
The Elephant Walk
The infamous elephant walk, a classic hazing technique. Gay? Yes. Slightly funny? Maybe…
Vermont passed an anti-hazing law in 1999 due to an incident at University of Vermont where members of the hockey team forced freshman players to drink warm beer until they vomited and perform the “Elephant Walk”.
According to the Urban Dictionary, there are many forms of the “Elephant Walk”.
1) A group of males walks in a straight line, each person putting one thumb in their mouth and the other thumb inside the anus of the male in front of them.
2) A group of males walks in a straight line holding onto the (erect) penis of the males behind and in front of them.
3) A group of males walks in a straight line holding onto the (erect) penis of the males in behind them while putting one thumb into the anus of the males in front of them.
The elephant walk definitely enters the top of the list when it comes to ridiculous hazing. Personally, gay hazing shouldn’t even be an option. But hey, it’s out there, so we’ll talk about it.
Paddling is a classic ritual first shown through the brilliant eyes of Animal House. It’s what’s most commonly associated with the ancient tradition of hazing. Paddling sounds jolly, but is still one of the worst pains out there. In fact, many have gone to the hospital with severe bodily injuries due to the violent act.
This infliction of harm upon each other is often meant to strengthen the bonds between the victim and group (don’t ask how that works), but often it’s just plain shitty. One girl reported to The Star-Ledger that she was told the beatings would “humble” her and build love and trust between the sorority sisters.
However, after seven nights of beatings and being struck a total of 201 times, the pledge went to the hospital as she was no longer able to sit due to the blood clots and welts all over her ass.
Another paddling incident that resulted in the victim in a hospital took place in 2007.
Two Florida A&M fraternity brothers were given two years in prison for paddling a pledge with wooden canes.
One of the Kappa Alpha Psi members was paddling the pledge while the other member was an encourager (in the grimmest sense), urging the pledge to take the paddling and reviving him when he passed out. What a great brother.
Anyways, paddling is an iconic symbol of fraternity hazing. It’s not going anywhere…
When somebody goes to college and dies from a WATER overdose, you know they’ve really missed out on the whole college experience. This is exactly what happened at a fraternity hazing ritual at the State University of New York.
In March 2003, Walter Dean Jennings III was pledging Psi Epsilon Chi when he was forced to drink numerous pitchers of water, often to the point of vomiting. He ended up drinking so much that his brain swelled. He died from water intoxication. That’s right, there’s such a thing.
21 students were punished by the university and 13 were charged with crimes that included criminally negligent homicide.
Another incident of water intoxication took place in 2005 at California State University Chico (the classiest of the CSUs).
Matthew Carrington and a friend were pledging the Chi Tau fraternity when they were doused with gallons of cold water and powerful fans blew cold air on them.
If that wasn’t enough, they were forced to do calisthenics while standing on one foot and drink several gallons of cold water. As any normal human being would do under such extreme conditions, Carrington collapsed.
He unsurprisingly had hypothermia, along with brain swelling from water intoxication. He died two hours later. Oh, and this was during the Winter semester.
After all was said and done, no need to worry as the cold-hearted “brothers” were brought to justice. Fucked up? Absolutely.
Adam Marszal and Russell Taylor, two former students at California Polytechnic State University, were sentenced to jail after hazing a freshman who died of alcohol poisoning while pledging Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
The boy, 18, died after drinking large amounts of alcohol in 90 minutes. There was no afterparty.
The boy, at his time of death, had a Blood Alcohol Level of .44. Just to put it into perspective, that is more than 5 times the legal limit for driving and actually exceeds the levels of the effects of surgical anesthesia.
I’m obviously not going to support the fact that the pledge passed away. Yet, there are never any moments in a pledge’s life in which he can’t merely say NO. Life goes on if he walks out the door. Know your limits. Either way, the brothers shouldn’t have pushed him to such limits. Fucking alcoholics.
Public Body-Critiquing Assembly
When she got up onto the bench, the fraternity would give public critiques by yelling out the parts of her body that needed “work”.
After talking to one of the women that endured this type of scrutiny and humiliation just to become a part of some social group, she said, “This happened in the ’90s and almost a decade later she still had emotional scars.”
That’s rough, I don’t care how you look at it.
Choose Your Object
Alexandra Robbins, author of the book “Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities,” spent a year undercover and witnessed one incident where the pledge class had to answer trivia questions and drink straight vodka when they got the question wrong. Not too bad, right? Just a normal, run-of-the-mill drinking game.
If they got enough wrong, though, they were presented with a Sharpie (what is it with these things?), a knife, a hammer and a dildo, with the threat that one of those objects would violate them.
What the fuck would you choose? Again… gay. Not cool. Not that I’m anti-homosexual, but if you’re a straight male, you shouldn’t have to go through that shit.
Circling The Fat
As if they didn’t already have to endure this enough as an awkward teen in high school, body critiquing still exists in the university Greek system as a heinous part of the hazing process for many sororities.
What’s more humiliating than being told you’re “ugly” and “fat” in front of a new set of peers you want so badly to impress? Well… nothing. So, often times what happens is that they get one of the pledges to walk across a table in their underwear so that the rest of the sisters can draw on her body to circle the parts of her that need physical improvement.
This form of hazing and psychological warfare is one of the more (physically) benign, but surprisingly common practices found in hazing rituals around the U.S.
I’m not gunna lie, a few girls out there need some work… it’s better that there girlfriends let ‘em know, as opposed to a guy getting slapped in the face. Right?
Shit Piss Workout
There’s nothing that says brotherly love more than shit and piss. Although it is said that many frats force their pledges to drink urine, few documented examples beyond just hearsay have surfaced with discreet details (at least as far as college hazing rituals go… military hazing rituals are a whole other world).
An incident took place at Hartwick College where pledges of Alpha Chi Ro were forced to carry feces-covered rocks through a forest, and do push-ups & up-downs in urine-soaked garbage. It’s worse than it sounds.
The garbage also contained glass and dirty diapers.
The basement was in the house of Peter Torabkhan, who along with two other guys, were charged by state police at Oneonta with first-degree hazing.
Another man, Yury Pertsovsky, who was not a student at Hartwick, was also charged with second-degree aggravated harassment for making threatening phone calls to the freshman who reported the incident.
Shitty? Uh huh.
Drink of Death
And then you start chugging a spicy and thick drink known as “Death” before you don’t-die-but-almost-feel-like-dying for about 5 hours.
Each pledge of Lambda Phi Epsilon, a historically Asian fraternity, must drink about two gallons worth of this time-honored concoction (a rumored mixture of ketchup and Tabasco sauce).
This usually takes about 4 to 5 hours for everyone to finishing drinking, then puking, then drinking some more. Click here for more information on this delicious, popular, new drink.
From personal experience, drinking shitty concoctions doesn’t bode well with the stomach. Yet, it’s one of the lesser evils on this list.
Raw Liver, No Teeth
This is a vintage piece with about as much panache as any modern-day hazing ritual.
Richard Swanson was not successful in swallowing the liver. After his fourth try, the liver lodged in his throat, forcing him to be taken to the hospital.
The attendant in the ambulance, however, did not know about the liver. Swanson died at the hospital less than two hours after he began choking.
Anything ending is death shouldn’t have happen in the first place. But eating a liver? Let alcohol do the dirty work…
Ranker gets the credit for the article. Interesting to see various stories out there. Let’s give a pat on the back to sorority hazing. Their hazing might not be the roughest, but atleast the tradition continues.
To wrap it all up, any hazing ending is death is ridiculous. Fuck that. Anything homosexual should be thrown out the door as well. Normal traditions should be kept, but most of the list above can be eradicated without any protest. Put your pledges through hell some other way, it’s not that hard to figure out.
It’s not hazing. It’s brotherhood.