Thinks college sports hazings and Greek organizations on campus have nothing to do with each other? Not so fast!
According to this report in the Columbia Spectator, the ladies from the field hockey team were going through their “annual ritual” of getting freshmen members drunk and parading them through a number of the fraternity houses on campus. But at the Zeta Beta Tau house, things took an ugly turn: one of the guys threw a cup of water on a girl and she started to cry.
You’re a member of the tough-as-nails field hockey team, you’ve been drinking all day and being run past groups of frat boys like cattle at an auction and the incident that breaks the evening is some spilled water? And as a result, ZBT ends up losing it’s frat house? Does that make sense to anyone else?
Not that we are doubting the Columbia Spectator reporter’s skills, but something seems amiss about this story. You don’t think Columbia’s administration is trying to hide some horrific hazing incident to protect its reputation? Nah.
Here are the basics of the story:
“The women’s field hockey team had one of their annual rituals, which was typically that they have new freshman members, they have a day of carousing and heavy drinking and then make visits to the fraternities,” one ZBT alumnus, who has been a close supporter of the current chapter, said. “There were emails exchanged between the team and ZBT, and there were some members of ZBT present when the girls showed up.”
This alumnus asked not to be named to preserve his relationship with the fraternity and with Columbia.
The women on the field hockey team instructed the ZBT brothers to ask the first-year women five questions.
“Three were innocuous and two inappropriate,” the alumnus said. “Things like, ‘What’s your favorite sex position?’ and ‘Do you swallow?’”
At this point, according to alumni, the evening took a turn for the worse.
“One unnecessary thing happened. One of the guys in ZBT, he threw water on [a girl] for some unknown reason, and she began to cry,” John Prudden, CC ’78 and another ZBT alumnus, said. “All the other guys shouted at him and threw him out.”
The noise attracted some neighbors’ attention, and a noise complaint was filed. Like many Greek organizations at Columbia, ZBT was already on social probation due to previous noise complaints, all from the same neighbor.
When the University received this noise complaint, it investigated, which led to administrators finding out what had occurred in the house, the alumni said.
According to the alumni, members of the field hockey team were put on probation and at least one member of the fraternity received disciplinary action for throwing the cup of water.