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Kappa Kappa Gamma pledge blames KKG and SAE for her close call.

The SAE decision to ban pledging comes at a good time. This week a pledge at the Univ. of Connecticut blamed Kappa Kappa Gamma and Sigma Alpha Epsilon for a close call during an alcohol-laced, blindfolded initiation. Hazing by fraternities and sororities together has led to serious incidents, including a deat at Utah State–Moderator

Here is the NBC report. EXCERPT

A UConn student says she was forced into a night of heavy drinking and ended up in the hospital.

Hillary Holt says when she woke up in a hospital bed, she found out her blood alcohol level had reached nearly three times over .08, the legal limit to drive.

“I could have been dead this morning if I did not end up at the hospital,” said Holt.

The UConn sophomore said it all went down at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon off-campus fraternity house Thursday night where she was led to a room and saw three girls blindfolded.

“It went from a happy moment to very scary in a matter of seconds,” said Holt. “I knew as soon as I entered the room I was going to be hazed.”

Holt accuses members of her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity of forcing her and other girls to drink.

“We had to lay on the floor and sizzle like bacon, hold our ankles, jump up and down,” said Holt. “If we did it right, we had to drink. If we did it wrong, we had to drink.”

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. 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--http://realalaskadaily.com and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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