Dartmouth frat hazing op-ed rocks campus

On Wednesday, Dartmouth’s student paper ran Andrew Lohse’s graphic account of getting into the Sigma Alpha Epsilon frat:

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.

The paper let the Dean of the College respond in today’s edition. She said “the dialogue across campus created by Andrew’s column provides an opportunity to address the issue of hazing as a community. It is an opportunity we should seize.”

* Andrew Lohse: Telling the truth
* Dartmouth student accuses frat of hazing
* “Dartmouth strongly condemns hazing,” says college dean
* Lohse: “I’m hopefully going to write a book about this”



  1. Jim, thanks for linking to this article. After all the coverage of the hazing death of the drum major at FAMU – and Frank DeFord’s commentary about the problems of hazing at historically black institutions – it’s time the public learned how pervasive the problem really is. I wonder whether those who say “Don’t pledge” have attended schools where Greek organizations pervade student life. It’s not just about parties. It’s really about identity and belonging, as cliched as that statement sounds.

  2. wubbly said:

    I once thought the dumbest thing a person could do in college was major in journalism. I stand corrected. However, if you are a journalism major and in one of these donkey shows, then suppuku.