Thanks to pop culture, hazing has been refashioned into entertainment, producing images like Kevin Bacon famously bent over in Animal House, pleading, "Thank you, sir; may I have another?" But the dark reality of what sometimes goes on in sororities and fraternities is not fit for comedy. It is horrible stuff, a far-too-commonplace terror masquerading as tradition.
Former Darthmouth frat boy Andrew Lohse has brought the nightmares of hazing practices at American universities to the forefront, after describing being "forced to swim in a kiddie pool full of vomit, urine, fecal matter, semen, and rotten food," among other heinous things. The biggest issue raised by Lohse' stomach-churning account, as revealed by his divisive Rolling Stones profile, and the comments of his classmates and administrators, is just how entrenched violent acts of initiation are in our culture.
In wading through the murky history of hazing, these are the stories that most illuminate the gruesome underbelly of Greek life, that we hope will serve as cautionary tales: 10 Horrible Tales of College Hazing.