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Hazing whistleblower cites long list of infractions at William and Mary

Here is the link to Lambda Chi Alpha allegations at William and Mary in Virginia. Here is snippet from the story.

At William and Mary’s Lambda Chi Alpha, pledges were routinely tackled, punched, kicked, slapped, threatened and insulted, the member account said. They were forced to drink, stripped bare, blindfolded and abused.

In one instance, pledges were stripped of clothing and led to the basement, which was covered with a foot of suds. The pledges were to participate in a game of “Slides,” in which they were slung nude around the room while being sprayed with water. They then were forced to sit and watch while other frat members manipulated their own genitals.

Another time, pledges were made to go through a series of “mood rooms,” forced to drink alcohol and participate in tasks at each stop. In the “Mexican room,” they had to eat a whole jalapeno. In the “gay room,” fraternity members, clad in tight swim trunks, rubbed their genitals in pledges’ faces.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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