Bad news for Cornell University's men's lacrosse team. After a team hazing incident in early September, Cornell has suspended its entire men’s lacrosse program for the fall, causing the team to cancel all exhibition games. The team can still practice and it sounds like it won't effect the actual season, which takes place in the spring semester, but clearly it's a blow. In a loud-and-clear message to other groups at the school, Cornell isn't going to put up with hazing B.S.
Here's the official report via Cornell's hazing website:
On September 12, 2013, the Department of Athletics and Physical Education received information informing them that the new members of the men’s varsity lacrosse team were being hazed by the upperclass members of the team. The investigation revealed the presence of a culture within this group of treating new members as less than equals. The freshmen were expected to perform menial tasks, including chores and other duties that went above and beyond those expected of the general membership. Additionally, they were expected to spend a large amount of time with the other members in both lacrosse-related and social situations planned by upperclass members of the team. At one such social gathering, upperclass team members organized a “keg race” in which underage freshmen members, aided by seniors, were challenged to drink a large amount of alcohol (beer) in a competition against other team members. The freshmen were told to stand in a circle and were tied together with string that was passed through their belt loops. They consumed a large quantity of alcohol to the point at which multiple members vomited.
Big Red -- the party-child blacksheep of Ivys -- instituted a zero-tolerance policy on hazing after a Cornell fraternity member died after being wrapped with duct tape and forced to drink alcohol in 2011. The incident is still fresh in the administration's head, so I have no idea why the lacrosse team thought it was above the rules and willing to jeopardize their season over some forced-freshman bonding. Brains, guys... You got into the easiest Ivy League school to get into. Maybe use them?
[H/T: Fox News]