The 24 Most Brutal College Hazing Rituals

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What are the worst college hazing stories? From being sexually assaulted using knives, pens, and household tools, to being forced to consume deadly amounts of controlled substances, to being locked in a room with excrement, here are the worst, most brutal college hazing rituals reported from all around the United States. Brutal sorority and fraternity hazing rituals can happen anywhere, as this list in Rolling Stone reveals. Some of these may have happened to your own friends and family. 

These are 14 scary hazing stories indeed. For funny hazing stories click here.


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    Cocaine or Dildo: Your Choice

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    Sororities are just as sexually cruel, if not infinitely more so, 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 EXAMPLE...

    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 d***o 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 verses...your common sense? It's a toss-up, but an elicit drug that can cause permanent brain damage and is HIGHLY illegal or sexual, social, public humiliation? Which would you choose?

    (http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/sorority-hazing-increasingly-violent-disturbing-college-campus/story?id=9798604&page=2)

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    Boob Ranking

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    In a story run by ABC News, author and researcher Alexandra Robbins reported that the worst kind of emotional hazing she saw in sororities was "boob ranking."

    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.

    This is mostly because what this did was reinforce insecurities that the girls were probably already saying to themselves.

    The older "sisters" would then make fun of them and play mental games with their vulnerable and helpless victims.

    Click here for the story

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    The Elephant Walk

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    Vermont passed an anti-hazing law in 1999 due to an incident at University of Vermont wherein members of the hockey team forced freshman players to drink warm beer until they vomited and performed something called an "Elephant Walk," which is horrible and a form of rape, if forced upon someone.

    ELEPHANT WALK: Definition

    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.

    Any of these iterations does NOT sound like an effective mode of transportation, or a fun way to spend any afternoon.

    www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=elephant+walk

    Click here for the news story reporting on this

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    Paddling (It's Worse Than It Sounds)

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    Paddling is what some may think a classic. Though it's what's most commonly associated with the ancient tradition of hazing. Paddling sounds funny, but is still one of the worst. 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 harm. 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 because she was no longer able to sit due to the blood clots and welts all over her buttocks.

    (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2439904/posts)

    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. Aw, what a good brother.

    (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1776039/posts)

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    Raped by a Sharpie Marker

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    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 14 arrests and did not partake in the team's final game; unfortunately, because getting benched, or even sitting down, was probably the last thing on the victim's mind.

    Click here for the full story

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    Saltwater and Rotten Food, Yum!

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    In 2009, a frat at Dartmouth college was dinged for driving blindfolded pledges off campus and making them drink shots of salt water before entering a kiddie pool full of condiments and vomit. One pledge, Andrew Lohse, claimed that he was forced to eat an omelet made of vomit before chugging a cup of vinegar. 

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    Fraternity Pledge Set on Fire by Jon Hamm

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    In 1990, a Sigma Nu pledge at the University of Texas was savagely beaten with a hammer and a paddle before being set on fire during a brutal hazing ritual that ended in a massive lawsuit. An interesting note about this case is that one of the main offenders was Mad Men's Jon Hamm who withdrew from the school after the incident and returned home to Missouri. 

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    TFW You Accidentally Beat Someone to Death

    Five frat members were arrested for murder after making a blind folded pledge carry a 20 pound bag of sand while they "speared" him by running into him headfirst as if they were performing tackling drills. After the student passed out they brought him inside and did an Internet search on his symptoms before FINALLY taking him to the hospital. The student died a day later from a brain injury. 

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    All the Alcohol You Can('t) Take in 90 Minutes

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    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 after-party.

    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.

    Click here for the tragic story in its entirety and the relieving reveal that the assholes who did this to the poor kid are in jail.

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    When British Military Hazing Gets Real

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    While one Redditor was in RTI (Resistance to Interrogation) training, he was deprived of sleep and told that his bunk mates believed he was a foreign spy. He ended up being blindfolded before being thrown out of a helicopter while it was a few feet off the ground. 

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    Who Really Needs the South?

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    Florida State University’s Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity was suspended over a hazing scenario called "Old South" where pledges were made to act like slaves while serving drinks to members of the frat before stealing traffic cones and polishing them for the evening. Then they were dropped off in the middle of nowhere and made to find their way home without their phones or wallet. Several fraternity members were suspended, but no criminal charges were filed. 

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    Basketball Players Dies After Drinking...Something

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    At Buffalo State College Bradley Doyley, a college basketball player died after a hazing session that saw him drinking a liquid of indeterminate origin. Some people said it was detergent, others said it was "sewer water." Whatever it was, it killed him and the frat was suspended by its national governing body. 

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    The Ice Cream Social

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    A Redditor with a case of Stockholm Syndrome still looks back on his time of being force fed things like "sticks of butter, raw onions, [and] beef base" before vomiting and having to clean up the vomit by rolling around in it. That frat house must have smelled awful. 

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    The Ol' Milk Chug

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    One Redditor's college story involves standing in a circle around a trash can with his other pledges and drinking as much milk as possible before oiling up their hands and tossing eggs at each other. If the eggs broke they were made to lay in the yolk (and presumably vomit remnants) while a fan blew on them. 

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    If Someone Asks You To "Cross Bus C" Just Say No

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    Three students at Florida A&M were charged with man slaughter after making a drum major take part in a hazing ritual called "Crossing Bus C" where the initiate has to walk down the aisle of a parked charter bus while being hit and kicked repeatedly, it's similar to being jumped in to a gang. The drum major, Robert Champion, died shortly after the event. 

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    Vodka and Push Ups Do Not Mix

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    At UNT in 2013, a Sigma Phi Epsilon pledge was having the time of his life until he was locked in a dark room and forced to drink vodka and do push ups until, as the pledge told the police, "I had gotten to the point where I couldn’t even lift my own body up. It was the first moment in my life that I could not lift my own body up from the ground…I felt like I was not free to leave.”

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    Trivia Questions: Choose Your Object

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    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 (involving minors), right?

    If they got enough wrong, though, they were presented with a Sharpie (what is it with these things), a knife, a hammer and a d***o, with the threat that one of those objects would violate them.

    Click here for more

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    Public Body-Critiquing Assembly

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    Another humiliating case reported by Alexandra Robbins was a woman who was forced to stand on a bench in front of an entire fraternity, completely exposed.

    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."

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    Boiling Hot Water On Back, Chest, Genitals

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    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 got deeper.

    One pledge suffered second and third degree burns to his back, chest, buttocks and genitals, and 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; so needless to say, justice was served, as they seemed to end up in some pretty hot water.

    Click here for the full story

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    Exercises in Feces and Urine

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    There's nothing that says brotherly love more than f***s and urine. 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 can of worms).

    An incident took place at Hartwick College where pledges of Alpha Chi Ro were forced to carry f***s-covered rocks through a forest and do push-ups and 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 (a criminal offense nowadays).

    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.

    Click here for the full story

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