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What makes the desire to belong so powerful you subject yourself to abuse that could result in death?

The New York Times published a horrific account of hazing at Binghamton University:

Another student said he was hazed night after night, until right before morning classes. He wrote in an anonymous e-mail to the university, “I was hosed, waterboarded, force-fed disgusting mixtures of food, went through physical exercises until I passed out, and crawled around outside in my boxers to the point where my stomach, elbows, thighs and knees are filled with cuts, scrapes and bruises.”


Sunni Solomon, the university’s assistant director of Greek life from 2010 until July, said in an e-mail, “My entire tenure from start to finish, I was scared to death that someone was going to die.”


Forced drinking, a staple of college hazing, comes up in a few reports. There also were reports of students’ getting frostbite from walking barefoot in the snow. One said pledges, blindfolded, driven miles from campus and relieved of their phones, were expected to find their own way home. Another said a fraternity branded pledges on the leg, back or buttocks.

Binghamton police and the university have had a hard time prosecuting anyone because students are uncooperative.

That’s in stark contrast to the smackdown given to the Geneseo volleyball team after a student got alcohol poisoning. Eleven players now face charges and their season has been suspended. Does it take someone going to the hospital for police and college officials to take action?

Students must obtain the skills to discern right from wrong and speak up when things go too far. Group think has a powerful hold on these students. Gaining friends should not hurt.

Links of the Day:

– The gambling industry has poured a staggering $50 million into Albany lobbying and campaign coffers since 2005.

– Remember when the geniuses in charge wanted to tear down Rochester City Hall?

– Some cities and states are lowering the bar for poor and minority students.

– Buffalo is being used as a stand-in for New York City in a werewolf movie.

Did Jesus have a wife?

3 Responses to Hazing Horror

  1. Don’t get how people could allow themselves to be treated this way or treat others this way. Drinking and probably drugs are always involved too. College tours always seem to mention fraternities and sororities as a way to to make friends. But alcohol seems to be the number one connection, drinking pals? I think some psychologists need to get in there and use their expertise and I wonder if they couldn’t help the police too. I really wonder if the police and university are really doing much about this.

  2. September 19, 2012 at 9:35 am cynthia barton responds:

    Should nor only not hurt but be life threatening. Come on Kids have you NO COMMON SENSE for Christ’s sake. Why would you subject yourself to this abuse?

  3. I know that does sound scary but that’s such an extreme case. I’m thankful for what I’ve been through with my sisters…

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