Ovation: The UConn Kappa Kappa Gamma Sisters Will Bacon Haze No More.
Hazing on college campuses can be a harmless tradition or it can be a dangerous, sometimes deadly, process by which young people acclimate themselves into their new university surroundings. Away from home and unsupervised … many for the first time … the often teen-aged students find themselves participating in activities normally reserved specifically for adults. Unfortunately, the excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages is usually involved.
While most of the stories in the news regarding hazing on university campuses involve fraternities and the young men who live in their designated residences, the dangerous rituals are not practices only by fraternities. One sorority in particular, the Kappa Kappa Gammas at University of Connecticut, has been stripped of its recognition as a student organization, prohibited from operating on the UConn campus and will lose its campus housing until 2017 in what is being referred to as “bacon hazing”.
“Based on the information presented, there is a preponderance of evidence to show that members of Kappa Kappa Gamma engaged in hazing behaviors including but not limited to forced consumption of alcohol, acting like animals, and sizzling like bacon, which included lying on the floor and wiggling. These behaviors occurred during an event in which Kappa Kappa Gamma sisters received Big Brothers from a Greek fraternity.” – Uconn Associate Director of Student Affairs, Joseph Briody, in a letter to Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.
The sorority, along with fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon, had been temporarily suspended in March when sophomore Hillary Holt was allegedly forced into a night of heavy drinking that resulted in her blacking out and waking in a hospital bed with a blood alcohol level that reached nearly three times over 0.08, the legal limit to drive.
It seems to me like women on college campuses have been participating in these binge drinking parties for decades but have only recently started to be held accountable for the results. I commend the university’s administration for sending the message that hazing will not be tolerated on the UConn campus.
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