And now, Central Michigan University, just up the road from the BadJocks Bunker is getting serious about sports hazing. Just a few weeks ago we had the SUNY Geneseo adminstration handing out the death penalty to the women’s volleyball team. Now, CMU has suspended the school’s “club” hockey team (not an official NCAA team) for five years after an off-campus hazing party. The most interesting part of the story is that players from the team went into the hearing thinking the worst they could get was a four year suspension, but somehow they ended up with five. They really must have made a strong case for their side.
More details from CM Life:
The Central Michigan club hockey team received a five-year suspension Friday for violating the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures, according to the Office of Student Life. The team was charged with violation of section 3.2.13 (alcohol policy), section 3.2.19 (hazing) and section 3.2.25 (violations by a registered student organization), said Tom Idema, assistant director of Student Life.
“There was a hearing this morning and the men’s club hockey team at CMU was found in violation of all charges,” Idema said. “As a result, (the team) has been suspended for five years, or until fall 2017.” Team president Matt Cinader, a senior from Ortonville, and team adviser Robert Gergehl met with Idema and other members of the Office of Student Life Friday morning for the team’s hearing, said senior captain Ricky Jones.
“There were four of us, and our faculty adviser, but only the faculty adviser and Matt Cinader went into the hearing,” Jones said. “It lasted about an hour and each side told their side.” Jones said the team went into the hearing wanting a one to two year probationary period, with weekly meetings with the Office of Student Life, community service hours and meetings with the community’s youth to promote abstinence from alcohol and hazing.
“The university proposed a four-year ban, but, somehow, it became a five-year ban after the hearing,” he said. “They said they wanted every person involved in the organization to be gone by the time the team came around again, including the freshmen.”
Have we heard of worse high school hazing incidents? Of course. Should a coach always be fired when an hazing incident is uncovered on their team? No. It depends on whether it can be proven the coach knew and/or condoned the behavior and if there is reason to believe they could have prevented it.
This most recent hazing incident involves Scott Pearne, the now former head football coach at Jurupa Valley Patriot High School (CA). From the report in the Press Enterprise, the school district made a pretty quick decision to fire him after the incident came to light.
We also found the testimony of one school mom about the incident to the school board:
The district learned of the hazing allegations on Monday, Aug. 20, when a member of the community contacted school officials and later spoke during the public comment section of that night’s board meeting. In the video recording of the meeting on the district website, the female speaker said she was “delivering a casserole” to an event at the high school and “was shocked as a community member and just disgusted as a parent to see the behavior of these boys.
“I guess it was dress as a girl night, and all these boys were dressed up in girl attire. … There was one particular young man that had a, I don’t know if you know what a cheeky bathing suit is, but it actually shows your butt cheeks, and this boy’s butt cheeks were hanging out.”
Ever heard of Humbolt State University? Neither had we, until this report came out from Soccer America about them cancelling the entire 2012 season after an alleged hazing incident involving some heavy drinking came to light.
Division II Humboldt State suspended its men’s program for the 2012 as a result of a hazing ritual at an off-campus party where new players were ordered to perform humiliating acts and engage in heavy drinking.
“Following careful investigation including interviews with team members, the university has concluded that an incident of hazing did occur, and that it placed the lives of two students in real jeopardy,” Humboldt State president Rollin Richmond said in a letter to the campus. The announcement followed an investigation into the Aug. 4 incident of hazing and underage drinking at the party attended by more than 20 players from the Northern California school.
Seem extreme? Sometimes this is the only solution if you really want to get the point across that sports hazing will not be tolerated.
It’s been nearly six years since BadJocks first stunned the sports world with photos from the Northwestern Women’s Soccer Team show players being hazed wearing blindfolds, with their hands behind their backs. Parents and educators were shocked, investigations were launched and now, in 2012, we can report progress: the same crap is now being done at the high school level.
At Joliet West High School, not far from Northwestern’s Evanston, IL campus, a new scandal erupted over the weekend as photos from a hotel room initiation–with an adult chaperone or coach watching–emerged on Facebook. In one image, a blindfolded member of the team has her hands bound and is plastic-wrapped to a chair, while someone shoves a bar of soap in her mouth. Another appears to fight off a can a whipped topping being shoved in her mouth with her bound hands. You can just feel the love in the room, can’t you?
As for punishments, the only official statement the school has made says “Please know that we are taking this matter extremely seriously.” Some parents say a few players have been suspended and the coach was not present at the team’s last game, but otherwise everything seemed to be pretty normal.
Video and additional details on this story from CBS 2 in Chicago:
Last week we reported on Lauren Paul, the women’s lacrosse coach at Franklin & Marshall College (PA) who was dismissed from the team last week over an alleged hazing incident. Reports are now coming out that both Paul, and some of the 11 players kicked off the team, are hiring lawyers to fight back.
Oh, and the few players that were left on the team decided to just end the season last week, rather than continue without their coach and star players.
No details have emerged about the alleged incident, but the timing of this entire thing seems odd to us. The Lancaster Police claim they got a tip about an incident from March 2011 back in February of 2012, about the time Paul was making cuts to the squad for this season. F&M was notified in March 2011 by the cops, but the administration took virtually no steps to investigate the claims until April 6th, 2012.
It could be that they did a very, very, very thorough investigation, but how long does it take to ask a dozen college girls who got drunk and what naughty things did they do to each other? Rumors are floating around that all of this uproar can be traced back to the parents of one player who was cut from the squad, but no one has confirmed that.
Let’s just say that we expect more details to come out about the F&M lacrosse program soon and it won’t be flattering.
Details are scarce on this one, but one fact stands out: Lauren Paul helped lead the Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster, PA) women’s lacrosse team to an NCAA Division III National Championship and now she’s out of a job. The cause? An alleged hazing incident last year, that involved as many as 11 upperclassman players on the team who are now all off the squad, but reportedly still in school. (At right, a photo of Coach Paul when she was hired by F&M.)
For “privacy reasons” F&M is not releasing the names of those kicked off the team, or the details of the incident which was anonymously reported to police this February. Interestingly, a formal investigation didn’t get started until April 10 (with women’s lacrosse season in full swing by then) but once completed the response was swift: Paul was gone and the team is now mostly freshman players, lead by the women’s field hockey coach.
Here’s more from the F&M Hazing Policy:
Hazing is a violation of College Policy and Pennsylvania State law. Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created, intentionally—whether on or off campus or organizational premises—that are physically, emotionally, or psychologically humiliating or abusive toward an individual or selected group of individuals as part of the process of gaining entrance or acceptance into an established group, team, or organization—the “willingness” of the student to participate in said activity notwithstanding.
Anyone out there with details of this incident, want to spill the beans? BadJocks at Yahoo.com, if you do.
Source: Kansas City Star