An op-ed piece ran in Dartmouth's student paper—The Dartmouth—today that described grotesque acts of hazing perpetuated by the college's Greek community. The piece, written by Andrew Lohse, calls out "the systemic culture of abuse" that includes "pervasive hazing, substance abuse and sexual assault." He holds the college president, Jim Yong Kim, responsible for not putting a stop to the acts that fall within those three categories.
Lohse, who was in a fraternity, shed light on what pledges endure:
I was a member of a fraternity that asked pledges, in order to become a brother, to: swim in a kiddie pool full of vomit, urine, fecal matter, semen and rotten food products; eat omelets made of vomit; chug cups of vinegar, which in one case caused a pledge to vomit blood; drink beers poured down fellow pledges’ ass cracks; and vomit on other pledges, among other abuses. Certainly, pledges could have refused these orders. However, under extreme peer pressure and the desire to “be a brother,” most acquiesced. While not every pledge is asked to do these things, many are. The specific tasks vary year to year, but these are things I’ve witnessed as a member of the fraternity.
Lohse goes on to call his experience "not the exception, but rather the norm."
Complex is currently reaching out to students, former students, and faculty to see what else can be discovered within this mire.