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From Gruntstuff

A sorority on the College of Central Florida has been suspended after an nameless criticism accused members of forcing pledges to drink until they “blacked out,” in accordance to a report.

The college’s Pi Beta Phi chapter was suspended on Nov. 21 after an unidentified particular person posted on {that a} buddy was being hazed throughout a secret “initiation” of members within the sorority generally known as the “mafia,” the Orlando Sentinel reported.

The pledge was forced to “take pictures and chug and get blacked out,” in accordance to the submit, which was entitled “Greatest buddy hazed in pi phi.”

The creator of the submit mentioned the alleged hazing prompted her buddy to get sick on a number of events — and concern that she’d face retribution if she spoke up.

“I’ve had to handle her just a few instances as a result of she was incoherent and throwing up for hours,” the criticism continued. “She was by no means a giant drinker earlier than this.”

College officers suspended the sorority and ordered that it stop all actions 5 days after being alerted to the submit. A listening to has been set for Dec. 5, the newspaper reported.

“Right now, we don’t consider the total chapter was concerned in wrongdoing; nevertheless we’re wanting intently on the actions of particular person members to guarantee any misconduct is addressed,” Pi Beta Phi’s senior director of strategic initiatives, Shawn Eagleburger, mentioned in an announcement.

Hazing, alcohol abuse or the usage of unlawful substances have “no place” within the sorority, Eagleburger mentioned.

The buddy who wrote the nameless criticism, in the meantime, mentioned she was additionally pressured to take Molly and had to promise not to reveal any “rituals” held by the sorority.

“She needs to drop and report them however is just too scared as a result of they mentioned if anybody snitches they’ll know who it was and they’ll discover a means out of bother as a result of they’ve ‘gotten out of investigation earlier than’ and can deny every thing,” the submit learn. “So she feels caught … Y’all want to get this below management.”


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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