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Zeta Phi Beta expelled for hazing at Colorado State


Excerpt: Pledges told investigators they were told to do hours of strenuous exercise including running and pushups to the point that one woman has muscle spasms “and began to shake really badly.”

Two pledges said they threw up after eating raw onions. They were told they couldn’t be a Zeta until they “ate Zeta fruit, which is onions and tuna.”

“They had to exercise hard and they had to eat some gross food, but there was also a culture related to it that was sort of an escalating you don’t know what you’re going to be asked to do,” said Anne Hughes, CSU Dean of Students.

By Hank Nuwer

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

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