In 'Historic' Move, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Gets Rid of Pledging

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity has a long and storied history of shitty antics at many of its chapters nationwide. This year, however, they've faced heightened scrutiny, which ultimately led to them being labeled the "deadliest" fraternity by Bloomberg News. The bad press apparently escalated so much that SAE… » 3/07/14 6:15pm 3/07/14 6:15pm

No One Learns Anything From Awful Frat Hazing Incident

This is what we talk about when we talk about corrupt Greek life. Last week, Northwestern University's school paper The Daily Northwestern published an extensive look into the history of hazing at the college, prompted by a long-term investigation of the fraternity Phi Delta Theta for events that have occurred over… » 12/07/13 1:35pm 12/07/13 1:35pm

Bro Loses One Of His Balls During Fraternity Hazing

If everyone jumped off a bridge, would you do it? How about if everyone were letting the cool older fraternity brothers snap you in the balls with towels? For one hopeful member of Wilmington College's Gamma Phi Gamma chapter, the kind of peer pressure his mom probably warned him about resulted in him being down one… » 11/07/13 3:20pm 11/07/13 3:20pm

Horrifying Hazing Pics Will Make You Want to Lock Up Your Kids Forever

When we talk about "hazing" in the media, it's usually in pretty abstract generalities—the victims were humiliated, beaten, forced to drink to excess, and so on—but there's nothing quite like a photograph to drive home just what something means. These photos from an investigation into hazing at Inglemoor High School… » 6/21/13 10:50am 6/21/13 10:50am

Rutgers Won't Fire Athletic Director Accused of Emotional Abuse

We all got excited when Rutgers hired Julie Hermann as its Athletic Director; she was only the third female AD ever at a BCS school. Awesome! Then allegations surfaced that Hermann humiliated and emotionally abused players while coaching Tennessee’s women’s volleyball team 16 years ago. Not so awesome. » 5/28/13 3:20pm 5/28/13 3:20pm

Bryn Mawr College Takes 'Hazing' Verrrry Seriously

"Hell Week" is a longstanding tradition at Bryn Mawr, a tiny women's liberal arts college in Pennsylvania with fewer than 2,000 students; some students call the event both "fun and meaningful…" and "one of the greatest moments of their undergraduate career." Radnor Dorm celebrates by holding a "debutante ball" where… » 3/07/13 12:45pm 3/07/13 12:45pm

After Allegations of Hazing, University of Alabama Cancels All Fall…

The University of Alabama takes Greek life very seriously; there are 56 fraternities and sororities on campus, and the school often tops "Best Of" Greek life lists thanks to the community's longstanding tradition of raging hard. Perhaps too hard: University of Alabama's administration canceled all fraternity… » 10/19/12 1:35pm 10/19/12 1:35pm

Would Drying Up Greek Houses Cut Down on Hazing?

The hazing horror story is fast becoming its very own genre of longform journalism, and like any genre, certain expectations need to be met. These chronicles feature insulated, secretive communities (you might even say cults) of young adults seeking some form of social validation and quite willing to subject either… » 4/15/12 5:35pm 4/15/12 5:35pm

Nine Boston University Students Under Investigation for Frankly…

Nine Boston University students believed to be members of the fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi are under investigation after the Boston Police Department discovered five apparent pledges covered in red welts, missing chunks of hair where their heads had been shaved, and "dressed only in their underwear standing in the… » 4/10/12 3:30pm 4/10/12 3:30pm

Dartmouth Sorority Girl Goes Public With Her Hazing Nightmare

After Andrew Lohse, the former Dartmouth frat boy who revealed some dark secrets about the hazing rituals that are apparently commonplace on campus, there's been a lot of discussion about what exactly goes on in the bowels of fraternity houses. (Kiddie pools full of bodily fluids and eating something called a vomlet,… » 4/10/12 11:30am 4/10/12 11:30am

Dartmouth Frat Bro's Bro Memoir Will One Day Polarize Bros Everywhere

If you want to take a tour through the dark, vomit-coated frat houses of Dartmouth College, read Janet Reitman's Rolling Stone story from yesterday on Andrew Lohse, the SAE bro defector who in January wrote a much-maligned op-ed in the student paper The Dartmouth, calling for the overhaul, if not the outright… » 3/29/12 4:00pm 3/29/12 4:00pm