These are 14 scary hazing stories indeed. For funny hazing stories click here.
Trivia Questions: 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 (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
Exercises in Feces and Urine
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
Saltwater and Rotten Food, Yum!
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.
Raw Liver, No Teeth
This is a vintage piece with about as much panache as any modern-day hazing ritual.
In 1959, the pledges of Kappa Sigma had to swallow pieces of raw liver (each as big as a club sandwich) soaked in oil without chewing.
Richard Swanson was not successful in swallowing the liver and 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 and Swanson died at the hospital less than two hours after he began choking.
I repeat: two hours of choking. Needless to say this liver-swallowing is not so widely practiced anymore; instead people just stick to ruining their own.