offbeat The Most Brutal College Hazing Rituals  

Ariel Kana
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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 scary hazing stories indeed. For funny hazing stories click here.

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"Bible Study" Killed A Pledge

"Bible Study" Killed A... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Brutal College Hazing Rituals
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In October 2017, the LSU Police Department arrested 10 members of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity on hazing charges. One of their pledges, 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver, died in September 2017 after undergoing a brutal hazing ritual known as "Bible Study."

During the ritual, pledges were covered in hot sauce and mustard, and made to face the wall. They had to answer questions about the fraternity, and if they answered incorrectly, drink 190-proof liquor. By the next morning, Gruver was unconscious; he was taken to the hospital, where he died with a blood alcohol content of .495.

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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.


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.

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Fraternity Pledge Set on Fire by Jon Hamm

Fraternity Pledge Set on Fire ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Brutal College Hazing Rituals
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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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Cocaine or Dildo: Your Choice

Cocaine or Dildo: Your Choice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Brutal College Hazing Rituals
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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?