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Sigma Alpha Epsilon out at Michigan for abuse of pledges

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Kicks to groin, etc.

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The University of Michigan’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon has been expelled after hazing allegations, the Michigan Daily reports. The fraternity had previously been on suspension since early Feb.

The Daily has more:

The fraternity’s suspension came after an e-mail was sent to the University’s Office of Greek Life from a parent who disclosed various hazing activities — like forcing fraternity pledges to perform physical tests on while members shouted and threw tennis balls at them — her son was forced to endure as an SAE pledge.On March 7, the national organization made public its choice to maintain the University chapter — though it will be kept under “colony status” starting in the fall, according to the press release.

According to e-mails obtained by the Detroit Free Press, pledges were subject to a number of alleged abuses:

The e-mail said, “Brothers shot Airsoft guns, threw eggs, poked and tripped them with broomsticks, poured buckets of flour on them.”The e-mail said the next night was entertainment: “Brothers taking hockey slap-shots at the pledge class using tennis balls as hockey pucks” and “brothers violently kicking pledges in the groin to ensure that they were wearing athletic support cups.”

Further allegations detail how pledges were were forced to drink “drink regurgitated water with goldfish in it,” the Free Press reports.

The fraternity may redevelop next year, although current members may be subject to further discipline from the university.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of 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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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