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Posted at 7:46 PM ET, 03/ 2/2011

7 sorority sisters charged with hazing

By Jenna Johnson
Erica Johnston

Prince George's County police have charged seven University of Maryland, College Park, sorority sisters with assaulting and hazing a pledge during initiation in October.

The student told police that she was assaulted by current or former members of Zeta Phi Beta sorority on at least three occasions, according to charging documents.

Those charged are: Bridget Blount, 24; Monika Young, 23; Zakiya Shivers, 26; Tymesha Pendleton, 26; Kandyce Jackson, 20; Amber Bijou, 22; and Montressa Hammond, 24. Most of the women are scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning.

The student told police she was trying to join Zeta Phi Beta, which is a historically black sorority, when the assaults occurred. The women are accused of pushing the pledge into a wall, hitting her arms and repeatedly striking her with an oak paddle, according to charging documents. Police say the assaults occurred off campus in mid-October and resulted in "severe bruising" on the student's arms and chest.

The U-Md. Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life learned on Nov. 12 that Zeta Phi Beta had "failed to follow University guidelines for activities involved in taking on new members" and suspended campus recognition of the sorority that day, according to a university statement. At the same time, Prince George's County police launched an investigation.

Note: This post was updated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday to include a statement from the university.

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By Jenna Johnson  | March 2, 2011; 7:46 PM ET
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Comments

Hoodrats.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | March 2, 2011 11:36 PM | Report abuse

She must have been pretty, unlike the normal Zeta.

Posted by: xfactor211 | March 2, 2011 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Historically Negro um, Colored um, African American Sorority Sista's throwin' down. Let's make a Movie.

Posted by: JadedCynic | March 2, 2011 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Yeah. Because hazing NEVER happens in white fraternities or sororities. Or, wait, are the other commenters here just looking for an excuse to show off their racist stripes?

Enjoy it while you can, boys. Your time is over. And not a moment too soon.


Signed, Twenty-First Century White Girl.

Posted by: jiji1 | March 3, 2011 1:43 AM | Report abuse

You can take the girl out of the 'hood, but you can't take the 'hood out of the girl.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | March 3, 2011 7:15 AM | Report abuse

I was 22 when I graduated from college. Some of these "girls" were 24, 24, 26, and 26! I have a hard time believing any of these "ladies" are in law or med school.
I mean, congrats on getting into college, and good luck getting a job with your new criminal record.

Posted by: Hypocritic | March 3, 2011 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and xfactor, that's hilarious.

Posted by: Hypocritic | March 3, 2011 7:40 AM | Report abuse


1. Why are these sorority sister so old? Two are 26 years old.

2. Did their parents think their kids would benefit by naming their children Zakiya, Tymesha, Kandyce, and Montressa?

Posted by: kenk33 | March 3, 2011 7:50 AM | Report abuse

What will Courtland Milloy say?

Posted by: gmuhokie2009 | March 3, 2011 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Yeah. Because hazing NEVER happens in white fraternities or sororities. Or, wait, are the other commenters here just looking for an excuse to show off their racist stripes?

Enjoy it while you can, boys. Your time is over. And not a moment too soon.


Signed, Twenty-First Century White Girl.

Posted by: jiji1 | March 3, 2011 1:43 AM | Report abuse

You go sista ! Fo Shizzle !

Posted by: johnfchick1 | March 3, 2011 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Read the article, is says "current and former members". The former members are probably the older ones.

Posted by: krobinso | March 3, 2011 8:22 AM | Report abuse

The article says "current and former" members, meaning some are current students and the rest are former students who have graduated or left the school. It is typical for former students who left the school in good standing to assist with pledging rituals. They are most likely members of a local graduate chapter.

When I was in college in the 80's hazing was the norm. The movie School Daze had certain scenes that rang true to what I saw on campus. New rules which afford pledges a better atmosphere with less stress and abuse are much better for all Greek organizations. It is sad how the older members still bring old traditions to the present knowing they are not allowed. Many feel if you don't haze them, they are not valid and are considered "paper". It also is a huge strike against the organization and the pledge experience for the pledges who try to join thinking they are protected from abuse.

Zeta Phi Beta is my Godmother and God sisters sorority and Phi Beta Sigma's are throughout my family starting with my father. It is a sad time for the organization to have these young ladies breech antihazing rules. I am saddened for the victim because now she has horrible memories of a time that should be filled with love, unity, and sisterhood. I wish her all the best and hope she can fully recover from the abuse. I am definitely thankful the injuries did not result in her death. Many pledges have died from beatings, dares, drinking games, and other crazy stunts throughout the Greek community.

Until the laws change and the organizations are hit with major lawsuits, fines, and or you start jailing the Presidents, maybe hazing will finally end. Our children should feel safe and protected during the rush and pledging process!

Posted by: Ross65 | March 3, 2011 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Cograts to the Zeta Phi Beta hood-rat-sistas for degrading the good name of the University of Maryland!

Posted by: 10bestfan | March 3, 2011 8:39 AM | Report abuse

African-American fraternities and sororities have a reputation for hazing that goes far beyond what the white fraternities and sororities do.

Posted by: jeadpt | March 3, 2011 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Ross65: What is a God sister? Never heard that one before.

Posted by: Baltimore11 | March 3, 2011 9:01 AM | Report abuse

They were just practicing for their upcoming Metro ride.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | March 3, 2011 9:03 AM | Report abuse

This is freakin' hilarious! Where is some video?

Posted by: NyallsStJohnSmytheIV | March 3, 2011 9:07 AM | Report abuse

This little girl has no integrity and I wouldn't trust her to tell me it's raining outside!!! It is very unlikely that she did not know that there was a possibility that there could be some hazing involved with joining a sorority. If she encountered some membership trials and didn't like it, be an adult, drop from the line and go home! Is this what our future holds?? I volunteer (and pay) for something, don't like it, and sue??? Maybe the end of the world in 2012 isn't so bad compared to a future without trust and integrity.

Posted by: shadeau | March 3, 2011 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Ross65: What is a God sister? Never heard that one before.

Posted by: Baltimore11 | March 3, 2011 9:01 AM |
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Just an invention based on Godmother.

Posted by: cbmuzik | March 3, 2011 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Thank goodness this young woman was brave enough to be a whistle blower. Most college students know that hazing occurs in both white and black Greek organizations, whether it be paddling, forced drinking, beatings, or emotional abuse. Too few are brave enough to step forward because they risk being completely ostracized by their peers and sometimes family members who have encouraged them to join the organization. The only way to out these inhumane, ignorant abusers is to be willing to participate in the hazing. If you accuse without actual evidence then there is nothing that can be done. There ought to be more protections for whistle blowers who are willing to risk so much to put an end to this abuse.

Posted by: 12345leavemealone | March 3, 2011 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: kenk332. Did their parents think their kids would benefit by naming their children Zakiya, Tymesha, Kandyce, and Montressa?
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Most people name their children names they like, they don't think about whether or not the child will benefit from the name. It is unfortunate that here in the US (a country known for bragging about its equality and diversity) many people are biased against names that are often associated with African Americans, Latinos, Jews or Muslims.

Posted by: 12345leavemealone | March 3, 2011 9:39 AM | Report abuse

This is a poor reflection on ZETA PHI BETA, which is a historically black sorority. Let's not re-write history.
In 30 years of working with sororities, I have not heard of women in the sorority system at Maryland beating each other up.

This is a poor reflection the SORORITY's behavior - not the University of Maryland's greek system! Why doesn't the media ever do a story on the philanthrophy that each greek house participates in, and the thousand of hours and thousands of dollars that are raised for chairty each year by all greek houses!

Posted by: mddc1 | March 3, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: shadeau: This little girl has no integrity and I wouldn't trust her to tell me it's raining outside!!! It is very unlikely that she did not know that there was a possibility that there could be some hazing involved with joining a sorority. If she encountered some membership trials and didn't like it, be an adult, drop from the line and go home!
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This sentiment is exactly why this physical and emotional abuse continues to exist in pledging. The young lady in question is disparaged because she may have been aware of rumors about such abuse, but she should just go along with it or drop line. She should just ignore the unlawful abuses because 'she should have known.' She was only able to let police know of the exact abuse and provide evidence because she did participate. This commentator would have her drop line and pretend that such abuse never occurred. How many students have to die or be permanently injured before this abuse is stopped?

Posted by: 12345leavemealone | March 3, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Historically black sorority. In the 21st century, this needs to stop. This sorority should be seeking to diversify it's membership just like the other sororities. That said, it is a choice to join a sorority. I have friends from many different sororities-some from UMD and some from Howard. If a pledge is feeling like they are being abused, they should report it to the sorority's chapter-with the internet today the information is out there. Some forms of "hazing" I have heard are simply supposed to be "character building" and to solidify the pledge's determination to join the organization-again BY CHOICE. If the pledge thought that the behavior demonstrated by the members was unnaceptable she should have put on her big girl pants AND QUIT. Then she should have notified the chapter and then if the problem was not dealt with-gone to the campus and police-but of course the Post does not give us all of the information. Someone needs to remind "college kids" that they are legally adults at 18 and to begin thinking for themselves, and bearing the responsibilty for their actions.

Posted by: stopthemadness | March 3, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who, in this day and time, doesn't know that there is some type of hazing going on in all fraternities and sororities (whether it be staying up practically all night, being deprived of some foods, practicing steps out in the cold/rain/snow, binge drinking, etc.) is too dumb to even be initiated in the sorority or fraternity! All you have to do is be observant.

Is it right? No. But it surely happens and this yound lady had to have known that. I cannot believe she was that naive. I think it just became too much for her or she doesn't like those ladies and decided to squeal on them.

Posted by: burnie4241 | March 3, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: mddc1: This is a poor reflection on ZETA PHI BETA, which is a historically black sorority. Let's not re-write history.
In 30 years of working with sororities, I have not heard of women in the sorority system at Maryland beating each other up.
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Then you have been getting fooled for 30 years. This is by far NOT the only sorority that participates in physical hazing. Perhaps wikileaks needs to expose sorority hazing, you would learn a great deal. Heard of girls bullying girls... girls haze girls too. Do some research on the topic, you have been bamboozled for a long time.

Posted by: 12345leavemealone | March 3, 2011 10:01 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: kenk332. Did their parents think their kids would benefit by naming their children Zakiya, Tymesha, Kandyce, and Montressa?
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Most people name their children names they like, they don't think about whether or not the child will benefit from the name. It is unfortunate that here in the US (a country known for bragging about its equality and diversity) many people are biased against names that are often associated with African Americans, Latinos, Jews or Muslims.

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Names are an indicator of what kind of environment the person lived.

I would personally skip over any resume if it had the name Jesus, Muhammad, Tymesha, or Hadassah, why deal with the hassle of dealing with an employee raised by fringe, uber-religious or undereducated parents?

Posted by: kenk33 | March 3, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse

A couple of points here:

I never understood the whole fraternity thing in the first place. Why would you humiliate yourself to gain entrance to anything or to have people as friends?

Secondly, what kind of 26 year old loser returns to their frat or sorority house then participates in hazing?
At 26 I was too busy to return to my old college(never joined a frat-see above)let alone to waste time acting like a teenager.
I already owned a home, was married and did adult things for entertainment(dinner, movies, volunteer work, reading).
Love those names though...not exactly Buffy, Candy or Pixie like we're used to for sorority girls.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | March 3, 2011 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: stopthemadness: If the pledge thought that the behavior demonstrated by the members was unnaceptable she should have put on her big girl pants AND QUIT. Then she should have notified the chapter and then if the problem was not dealt with-gone to the campus and police-but of course the Post does not give us all of the information.
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If the behavior was ILLEGAL... i.e. assault, then it should be reported directly to the police as the young woman did. These women were charged with assault not just 'unacceptable behavior.' As more young people are brave enough to report illegal hazing, then maybe people will no longer accept it as a part of pledging. It's too bad that undergraduate pledging doesn't focus on academic achievement or philanthropy. It's also ashamed that there is a belief that character is built via mental and physical abuse. Hopefully using today's technology some people will be able to secretly record the abuse and expose it for all to see.

Posted by: 12345leavemealone | March 3, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

mddc1- Tipping a stripper in the presence of your frat bros is not community service....

Posted by: 10bestfan | March 3, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: kenk33: I would personally skip over any resume if it had the name Jesus, Muhammad, Tymesha, or Hadassah, why deal with the hassle of dealing with an employee raised by fringe, uber-religious or undereducated parents?
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This statement speaks to why the US will never be a meritocracy and why we need systems in place that provide equitable opportunities for all. Some people get less opportunity because of a name that tells nothing about their character, qualifications, skill level, or how they were raised. I have a neighbor who was adopted when she was 6. Her name is unique. She has a PhD in biochemistry. She has told me that people never expect her to look or sound like she does because of her name. A name is just that... something usually given to a person by someone else. I have a non-Jewish friend who has a name that many identify as Jewish. People Often think he is Jewish, yet he is an atheist.

Posted by: 12345leavemealone | March 3, 2011 10:33 AM | Report abuse

This is why Greek organizations have so little credibility with me. They claim to be community service organizations but they want to beat people up. You don't have to be assualted to join the red cross.

Posted by: ChairmanX | March 3, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

This is why Greek organizations have so little credibility with me. They claim to be community service organizations but they want to beat people up. You don't have to be assualted to join the red cross.

Posted by: ChairmanX | March 3, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

@kenk33: And you would be in violation of Title VII.

Posted by: Daffodil123 | March 3, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like a gang initation to me. SMDH Do these so-called college educated young people not read? Haven't they banned hazing because several students have died from it? I hope they either lock their dumb butts up or withdraw their financial aid and scholarship monies from them. Ghetto Mentality Needs To Be Left In The Ghetto. You can take them out of the Ghetto but you can't take the Ghetto out of them. What a shame.

Posted by: msruby36 | March 3, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

kenk33:I would personally skip over any resume if it had the name Jesus, Muhammad, Tymesha, or Hadassah, why deal with the hassle of dealing with an employee raised by fringe, uber-religious or undereducated parents?
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Then kenk33, I hope for the sake of the company for which you work and the applicants that apply to that company you are not, and will never be, in a position to select qualified applicants. Your statement indicates you would put your company at great risk for being hit with many potential employment discrimination lawsuits and also that you would base employment decision on your own ridiculous personal biases rather than considering the actual qualifications of a candidate. That you would brag about your prejudices and imply that the problem resides with the person given a name that you find to be "fringe" only further proves that one cannot assume that a person possesses valued qualities based on whether they are given "conventional" or "acceptable" names like "Ken."

Posted by: petwrthtrini | March 3, 2011 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Why are these old @ss chicks invloved in this behavior? I graduated at 21 and pledged at 20. At 26, I was knee deep in my career and other sht in life. I suspect that these are the ghetto gangster grad/dropout sisters coming back to campus to get their jollies off.

Posted by: evolvedthinker | March 3, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

My fellow Greeks have got to do better! In the last several months there have been so many headlines about the Divine Nine and these hazing issues. Just ridiculous. Then they wonder why people are not active. I don't have money to throw away on high insurance premiums brought on by some knuckleheads trying to prove they are hard. Our organizations have lost all focus.

Posted by: Blackbyrd | March 3, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

jeadpt: African-American fraternities and sororities have a reputation for hazing that goes far beyond what the white fraternities and sororities do.
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Really? Is this reputation based in fact? Where is the evidence that black fraternities and sororities actually haze "far beyond what the white fraternities and sororities do?" How many hazing deaths (about 1 per year) involve black fraternities as opposed to white fraternities? How many people arrested for hazing are members of black fraternities/sororities as opposed to white ones?

It is clear that many internet lerkers on this site take any opportunity to talk about how ghetto, violent, or "mis-named" black people are, and any story involving a black perpetrator is their excuse to do so. But, we have an obligation to question assumptions and general "reputations" assigned to an entire group of people, rather than spreading the ignorance as fact or allowing others to do so.

Posted by: petwrthtrini | March 3, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I am always astounded that young people (and some older ones) will participate in stupid, dangerous and humiliating acts just to be accepted by their peers. I recently read 'Guyland' by ?Kimmel (can't recall his first name). An entire chapter was devoted to fraternity, military and sports team hazing and initiations. One involved a rope, a cinder block, a ledge and the private parts of frat pledges. Then there's the 21st birthday celebration where the birthday boy or girl has to drink 21 shots of whiskey. Totally ridiculous. Lots of cases of alcohol poisoning in the college environment. Then there's the pledge who froze to death while standing in a snowstorm in his underwear and frat bros sprayed him with water.

Fortunately I left home and 19 to work and support myself. I never endured the humiliation college kids go through just to be accepted by their peers. I got my degree going to night school and working 2 jobs.

Posted by: Baltimore11 | March 3, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse

The real problem is they did not let the girl cross!!! It reached the point she dropped off the line.

Some of y'all need to get real. I have friends that are Tau Kappa Epsilon, Delta Tau Delta to Kappa Alpha Psi and Alpha Phi Alpha. I am married to a Delta Sigma Theta. Every last fraternity/sorority in this country, white or Black, hazes at the under grad level. Say what you want but they haze. I know folks that dropped line over some stuff, i know guys with busted ear drums, broken legs, and actually knew a guy that died on line. Drinking alcohol until a drunken stupor is hazing. Paddling and punching folks in the chest is hazing. Depriving them of sleep is brainwashing and hazing.

Every damn year we read about some kid in America white & black being hazed. fortunately this kid did not die or suffer severe injury. And I bet the biggest thing is the girl was not allowed to cross and become a Zeta. The whole damn system is stupid to me.

Posted by: oknow1 | March 3, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I wish my Zeta sisters well. These sisters at UMD certainly should not have been abusing this young lady because that is not what their sorrority is about. I know many Zetas and they are the finest of women. And they come in all colors. As for those who are against Greek life, well we are all glad you did not pledge. No one forces anyone to join and if you don't like it, move on. We are doing just fine without your miserable, self centered attitudes. Blue!

Posted by: PepperDr | March 3, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

kenk33:I would personally skip over any resume if it had the name Jesus, Muhammad, Tymesha, or Hadassah, why deal with the hassle of dealing with an employee raised by fringe, uber-religious or undereducated parents?
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Then kenk33, I hope for the sake of the company for which you work and the applicants that apply to that company you are not, and will never be, in a position to select qualified applicants. Your statement indicates you would put your company at great risk for being hit with many potential employment discrimination lawsuits and also that you would base employment decision on your own ridiculous personal biases rather than considering the actual qualifications of a candidate. That you would brag about your prejudices and imply that the problem resides with the person given a name that you find to be "fringe" only further proves that one cannot assume that a person possesses valued qualities based on whether they are given "conventional" or "acceptable" names like "Ken."

Posted by: petwrthtrini

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I've hired all 4 people who work with me. 3 of them are foreigners and 2 of them have first names I've never even heard or read before reading their resume.

Our employees are on our website, having a name like Tymesha would make us look ghetto (as would the name Jesus). I don't even want to think what some clients would think if they saw someone named "Muhammad".

Much of business is about appearance. Would you want someone working for you with a made up name?

Posted by: kenk33 | March 3, 2011 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Is there any shock that we are behind in Education? This could've been any sorority or fraternity in the country, no need for the tired racial angle here, (though of course WP Posts have their ever-famous bigots commenting). There's a lot to learn at the University level, this sort of nonsense is best left to the past and phased out. There are better ways to participate in public service.

Posted by: UnknownHenson | March 3, 2011 12:05 PM | Report abuse

ken33...All names are made up you idiot. You're just a racist. We don't really need to hear your excuses for being a racist.

PepperDr It's just really hard to understand how organizations that claim to do good work, initiate members with violence and humiliation. Greek organizations would be much more popular if they didn't haze. Let's be honest. The only reason there is so much secrecy around the pledging process is to protect the hazing process.

Posted by: ChairmanX | March 3, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like some vestiges of pre-slavery 'frican DNA at work here.

Posted by: lilhornie | March 3, 2011 12:22 PM | Report abuse

These comments are just a reminder of the hate and bigotry that remains part of the American fabric.

Posted by: ILuvUS | March 3, 2011 12:22 PM | Report abuse

What is this, 1960 or 2011?

Posted by: GRILLADES | March 3, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

These comments are just a reminder of the stupidity, hate and bigotry that remains part of the American fabric.

Posted by: ILuvUS | March 3, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

kenk33:Much of business is about appearance. Would you want someone working for you with a made up name?
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As someone has already stated, all names are made up. Names are ever evolving. A name that at one time may have been conventional or in vogue is now considered odd and fringe. Names that were at one time reserved for boys are now definitively used for girls (and vice versa). Names that were once considered overly religious are now considered the norm irrespective of religious ties.
Your problem is not that names are "made up," but that the names (at this time) are associated with specific religious, racial, or socio-economic groups you view as undesirable.
You asked me whether I would want someone working for my company that has a made up name. Personally, I don't give a hoot about the name a person is given. Characteristics such as how a person presents herself/himself, his/her fit with the company, his/her ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and clients, etc., are substantially more important. The person's name has never been a consideration.

Posted by: petwrthtrini | March 3, 2011 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Racists lurk among us, just waiting to bring their ugliness out under cover of anonymity. What my fellow 21st-century white chick jiji1 said: enjoy it while you can. Your time is over, bigots.

Posted by: csdiego | March 3, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Collegiate stock is going down these days....students fed up with the cost of tuition, lack of presence in the job market...suffering from lack of identity...they gotta beat somebody up right?

Posted by: cbmuzik | March 3, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

The racists posting here are far worse offenders against what is right than the lady's who did the hazing. I know you have no shame, but perhaps you should get a life.

Posted by: tojo45 | March 3, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

It’s funny how you people can sit here without knowing anything about the History of Greek Orgs. Or anything about this case except for what the "News" puts out there and passes judgment. I'm hearing terms like "Hood Rats" "Ghetto" etc. It makes you just as ignorant as the acts these people are being "Accused" of. As a Brother of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated and of ZETA Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated I find it offensive that the news is quick to highlight the negative accusations that occur within these Black orgs associated with the DIVINE NINE instead of Highlighting all the Positive we do throughout our communities and on a International level. Let’s look at the fact that our involvement with service to our communities is far beyond what most predominantly "White" Fraternities and Sororities do. The crazy thing is more “White” Fraternities and Sororities have just as many if not more "Hazing" incidents then Black Orgs. Yet the Media never seems to shine light on that.

Posted by: TheMan7 | March 3, 2011 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Hey, petwrthtrini-

When I went to college (late 80s) all the black frat boys had freaking BRANDS from hazing. They also dressed up in camo and marched around campus. Omega Psi Phi, if I recall correctly. They definitely made a lot of friends doing that crap.

I have *never* seen a brand on a white frat boy. I did actually talk to white friends who were pledging at the time- all their hazing was "drink 'til you puke" and "eat the banana out of the toilet bowl while blindfolded" type stuff.

Personally, I sidestepped the whole nonsense because I didn't have to pay for friends and I could get laid on my own. I have nothing but contempt for the Greek system in general.

Posted by: thermowax | March 3, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

After reading these comments I can't believe its people in America who are really still this ignorant. If your gonna comment please have some level of maturity.

Posted by: TheMan7 | March 3, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

In 1967 when I joined my sorority, we were hazed almost daily in one way or another. Much of the hazing was very mild (having to wear a certain color clothing, always carry your pledge book, always wear your pledge pin, etc.), but during hell week it was stepped up considerably. We were driven out of town while blindfolded and dropped off at a rural location. I called my boyfriend to come pick us up and give us a ride back to the sorority house. When we got there, the sisters were mad about it because they sent another sister out to pick us up, and we were supposed to have known they wouldn't leave us stranded! We also had to eat a concotion designed to make you vomit and were paddled with oak paddles by all the active sisters. My paddling was so bad that my roommate (a non-Greek) saw the bruises and asked what happened. When I explained, she wanted us to go to the Dean of Women Students and report it. Like a dummy, I refused. I hope that the anti-abuse policies I often see are being enforced by NPC. This treatment was wrong then and is wrong now. And I agree that the old timers need to admit it and let it go! The excuse that "everyone else had to do it" just doesn't get it, IMHO.

Posted by: pennstatemom2000 | March 3, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

hon-keee crackers always find time to post racist remarks, yet deep down inside it's all about jealousy and how we can satisfy your white women better.

Posted by: samueljackson | March 3, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Thermowax: Hey, petwrthtrini-

When I went to college (late 80s) all the black frat boys had freaking BRANDS from hazing. They also dressed up in camo and marched around campus. Omega Psi Phi, if I recall correctly. They definitely made a lot of friends doing that crap.

I have *never* seen a brand on a white frat boy. I did actually talk to white friends who were pledging at the time- all their hazing was "drink 'til you puke" and "eat the banana out of the toilet bowl while blindfolded" type stuff.

Personally, I sidestepped the whole nonsense because I didn't have to pay for friends and I could get laid on my own. I have nothing but contempt for the Greek system in general.
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Thermowax, I certainly don't deny that hazing occurs in black frats/sorors - organizations to which I've never wanted to belong. That does not change the fact that hazing is not anything unique to black organizations, as your very anecdotal post about college life verifies.

Posted by: petwrthtrini | March 3, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

@TheMan7--Blu-Phi!

Posted by: PepperDr | March 3, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

hon-keee crackers always find time to post racist remarks, yet deep down inside it's all about jealousy and how we can satisfy your white women better.

Posted by: samueljackson

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So true, there are so many reasons to be jealous of black males, especially their income and education levels but also their homicide and incarceration rates.

I'm green with envy.

Posted by: kenk33 | March 3, 2011 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I'll bet my 401k and entire savings that these ladies are Black.

Hit me up if anyone is interested in that bet! :o)

Got to love those African Americans, always taking it to another negative level.

Posted by: Special_One40 | March 3, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I wish all crackers would die. I hate you self righteous bIItches.

Posted by: Insert_Name_Here | March 3, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Fraternities & sororities...puh-leeeeze. How silly. I have never seen the appeal of that. Beyond me. Bunch of nonsense. College kids dying of alcohol poisoning & God knows what else. Get a whole bunch of girls together & look out. "Sisterhood"...

Posted by: TaxiDriver | March 3, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Their names give Black women away.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | March 3, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I bet TaxiDriver has a secret desire to suck a black d-k.

Posted by: Insert_Name_Here | March 3, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

hon-keee crackers always find time to post racist remarks, yet deep down inside it's all about jealousy and how we can satisfy your white women better.

Posted by: samueljackson

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So true, there are so many reasons to be jealous of black males, especially their income and education levels but also their homicide and incarceration rates.

I'm green with envy.

Posted by: kenk33

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Hey Cracker,

Don't forget we're more athletic than you and so we get more free ride scholarships and high paid salaries from pro sports, chump. Btw-we don't need to rape young boys in order to get off as some of your compadres do.

Posted by: samueljackson | March 3, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

You sorority ghetto gals stay so classy!
and your frat bros, same stuff....
Bet y'all like the orange and striped outfits you'll be wearing in future...

Posted by: 10bestfan | March 3, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

To all the racists: your life would be a lot less miserable if you learn to stop looking on the outside before making your judgments.

Oh yes, there has been at least three deaths over the past 3 - 5 years (at UMD - College Park) where someone looking to join a *White* sorority/fraternity would drink themselves to death...or choke to death. Be careful when you point a finger, you have four fingers pointing back at you.

Posted by: cjay1129 | March 3, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget we're more athletic than you and so we get more free ride scholarships and high paid salaries from pro sports, chump. Btw-we don't need to rape young boys in order to get off as some of your compadres do.

Posted by: samueljackson

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Very true, in the big 4 pro-sports, there are probably between 5 to 10 thousand black males (vs 18 million in the US). Amazing odds.

And you're right, there aren't many black child-molesters in the news. Instead, black gay men tend to be on the downlow, eventually giving hiv to their wives/girlfriends.

Seems like you have everything going for you.

Posted by: kenk33 | March 3, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

To all the racists: your life would be a lot less miserable if you learn to stop looking on the outside before making your judgments.

Oh yes, there has been at least three deaths over the past 3 - 5 years (at UMD - College Park) where someone looking to join a *White* sorority/fraternity would drink themselves to death...or choke to death. Be careful when you point a finger, you have three fingers pointing back at you.

Posted by: cjay1129 | March 3, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

JEADPT, YOU ARE COMPLETELY MISINFORMED. I
ATTENDED AN ALL WHITE UNIVERSITY AND THE WHITE FRATERNITIES HAZED MORE THAN THE AFRICN AMERICAN GREEK ORGANIZATIONS.

Posted by: Kevin_J_Jenkins | March 3, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Gorillas (female ones in particular) tend to go astray when there is no guidance in place. My assumption are these gorillas were a little bored and needed an outlet to unleash some of that built up energy.

Posted by: crackerswinyoulose | March 3, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Yet another case of black on black crime in Pop Gun County.

Posted by: localgoober | March 3, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I suggest reading "Wrongs of Passage" by Hank Nuwer. There's an entire chapter titled, Violence in Historically African American Greek Groups.

petwrthtrini and Kevin_J_Jenkins should also try looking up the definition of "reputation."

Posted by: jeadpt | March 3, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

jeadpt wrote:
African-American fraternities and sororities have a reputation for hazing that goes far beyond what the white fraternities and sororities do.
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BULL!!

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | March 3, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

localgoober said: Yet another case of black on black crime in Pop Gun County.
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Pop Gun County? I'm guessing you're legally retarded if that is the best you could come up with.

This guy has the IG of Peter Griffin. But at least Peter Griffin is funny.

Posted by: ChairmanX | March 3, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

localgoober said: Yet another case of black on black crime in Pop Gun County.
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Pop Gun County? I'm guessing you're legally retarded if that is the best you could come up with.

This guy has the IQ of Peter Griffin. But at least Peter Griffin is funny.

Posted by: ChairmanX | March 3, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Gorillas (female ones in particular) tend to go astray when there is no guidance in place. My assumption are these gorillas were a little bored and needed an outlet to unleash some of that built up energy.

Posted by: crackerswinyoulose | March 3, 2011 3:42 PM
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Gorillas (female ones in particular) tend to go astray when there is no guidance in place. My assumption are these gorillas were a little bored and needed an outlet to unleash some of that built up energy.

Posted by: crackerswinyoulose | March 3, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse
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I like your post cave dweller. More homosapiens like you should grunt and speak your minds. BTW, where's your wife, in the oven? I'm surprised you had time to grunt a comment; I thought you'd be too busy f-king your son. I’m even more shocked at the fact you can read. Ahh, you cave dwelling rejects have come a long way.

Posted by: Insert_Name_Here | March 3, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

@ Kenk33....seriously? Do you actually work? It must suck to you with so much self hate and jealously that is very apparent.

you spent half the day waiting on people to comment on your absurd comments so that you could reply with more BS....you are a LOSER lol

You actually wrote these many comments--you clearly have no life and definitely don't work! the irony

1. Why are these sorority sister so old? Two are 26 years old.
2. Did their parents think their kids would benefit by naming their children Zakiya, Tymesha, Kandyce, and Montressa?
Posted by: kenk33 | March 3, 2011 7:50 AM | Report abuse


Names are an indicator of what kind of environment the person lived.
I would personally skip over any resume if it had the name Jesus, Muhammad, Tymesha, or Hadassah, why deal with the hassle of dealing with an employee raised by fringe, uber-religious or undereducated parents?
Posted by: kenk33 | March 3, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse


I've hired all 4 people who work with me. 3 of them are foreigners and 2 of them have first names I've never even heard or read before reading their resume.
Our employees are on our website, having a name like Tymesha would make us look ghetto (as would the name Jesus). I don't even want to think what some clients would think if they saw someone named "Muhammad".
Much of business is about appearance. Would you want someone working for you with a made up name?
Posted by: kenk33 | March 3, 2011 12:03 PM |

So true, there are so many reasons to be jealous of black males, especially their income and education levels but also their homicide and incarceration rates.
I'm green with envy.
Posted by: kenk33 | March 3, 2011 2:05 PM |

Very true, in the big 4 pro-sports, there are probably between 5 to 10 thousand black males (vs 18 million in the US). Amazing odds.
And you're right, there aren't many black child-molesters in the news. Instead, black gay men tend to be on the downlow, eventually giving hiv to their wives/girlfriends.
Seems like you have everything going for you.
Posted by: kenk33 | March 3, 2011 3:13 PM

Posted by: half_time | March 3, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

The only fraternities I would ever consider joining are:
I Phelta Thi
Tappa Kegga Brew
or
Kappa Graama Hash
They al have great hazing rituals!

Posted by: SkateboardPhil | March 3, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

The only fraternities I would ever consider joining are:
I Phelta Thi
Tappa Kegga Brew
or
Kappa Gramma Hash
They al have great hazing rituals

Posted by: SkateboardPhil | March 3, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

@ Kenk33...shouldn't you be working instead of spending your entire day writing absurd comments.....you are a LOSER and if you have a job you are a LAZY SLACKER (the irony)......

yup you wrote this mess....

1. Why are these sorority sister so old? Two are 26 years old.
2. Did their parents think their kids would benefit by naming their children Zakiya, Tymesha, Kandyce, and Montressa?
Posted by: kenk33 | March 3, 2011 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Names are an indicator of what kind of environment the person lived.
I would personally skip over any resume if it had the name Jesus, Muhammad, Tymesha, or Hadassah, why deal with the hassle of dealing with an employee raised by fringe, uber-religious or undereducated parents?
Posted by: kenk33 | March 3, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I've hired all 4 people who work with me. 3 of them are foreigners and 2 of them have first names I've never even heard or read before reading their resume.
Our employees are on our website, having a name like Tymesha would make us look ghetto (as would the name Jesus). I don't even want to think what some clients would think if they saw someone named "Muhammad".
Much of business is about appearance. Would you want someone working for you with a made up name?
Posted by: kenk33 | March 3, 2011 12:03 PM |

So true, there are so many reasons to be jealous of black males, especially their income and education levels but also their homicide and incarceration rates.
I'm green with envy.
Posted by: kenk33 | March 3, 2011 2:05 PM |

Very true, in the big 4 pro-sports, there are probably between 5 to 10 thousand black males (vs 18 million in the US). Amazing odds.
And you're right, there aren't many black child-molesters in the news. Instead, black gay men tend to be on the downlow, eventually giving hiv to their wives/girlfriends.
Seems like you have everything going for you.
Posted by: kenk33 | March 3, 2011 3:13 PM

Posted by: half_time | March 3, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Calm down people. [samualjackson - lol]

It is strange that these older women were involved. No question. Most women that age are busy with career and/or family. These individuals are obviously violent and dangerous. Let's hope there is sweet justice for the victim.

Posted by: johng1 | March 3, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

The only fraternities I would ever consider joining are:
I Phelta Thi
Tappa Kegga Brew
or
Kappa Gramma Hash
They al have great hazing rituals

Posted by: SkateboardPhil | March 3, 2011 4:39 PM
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Let's not forget Droppa Kappa Acid

Posted by: johng1 | March 3, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse


You needn't say ",which is a historically black sorority" because you put those "hysterical" first names first.

Posted by: mortified469 | March 3, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

The Founding Fathers were all crackers & all but one of our Presidents.

Praise be to the cracker!

Posted by: TaxiDriver | March 3, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Don't mess with a sista.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | March 3, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Why is the phrase "historically black sorority" necesseary in this article? Was the hazing somehow race-related? Was the allege victim not black? Is hazing at a black sorority somehow different than hazing at other sororitise? If any of this is true, it should be explained in the article. Otherwise, sounds like racial bias. Would you write a story about a white sorority hazing and note it's a historically white sorority? Doubtful.

Posted by: lhayes79 | March 3, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

white sororities and fraternities use(d) alcohol as hazing. Black sororities and fraternities use(d) physical violence and brutal forces like fights. Many black sororities alumnae hired newly graduated sistas without looking at their resume or interviews. I see that in my organization. It is a real mess. There are more sororities members than frat members since 70% of all black undergraduates students are women.

Posted by: Rockvillers | March 3, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

... and then they call you their sister. Beat me up to let me into your group? That's how gangs operate.

Posted by: gitouttahere | March 3, 2011 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I guess the names of Oprah and Beyonce' are not worthy as being a postive reflection.

Don't try to explain black culture to whites as they will only try to imitate such behavior. Ooops I forgot the biggest fraternity for whites have the letters of KKK and that does not represent kappa to the third power. Don't we have hazing incidents at the Naval Academy of all places?

The entire incident is unfortunate as for making fun of names....I think Opie, Tarzan and his friends need not speak-ill of anyone with an odd first name and that means you too a boy named Sue.

Posted by: mlr1960 | March 3, 2011 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I look forward to the destruction of the planet earth killing all the racists, fools, criminals, and everyone.

Who will you fools hate them? Oops, no one because every human will be destroyed.

Posted by: Dracula1 | March 3, 2011 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Monika, Zakiya, Tymesha, Kandyce, and Montressa....historically black. Really. I mean, really.

Posted by: voiceofreason27 | March 4, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

She said Gimmee a soda then Gimmee a pack of Kools.

Posted by: patrickf59 | March 4, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

In North Carolina hazing is a felony. Several frat members in grad school not far away from getting CPA, AIA and other highly sought government certifications can never obtain an professional certification because of their felony conviction. Don't know what Maryland's law is or what these ladies were studying but if they are facing felonies, they will have a hard time getting employment after they do their time.

Posted by: oorfenegro | March 4, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like they are trying to relive the old days when they were all on the plantation.

Posted by: mikewadestr | March 4, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Gee, from some of the posts I've read, I can honestly say overt, under the table racism is alive and well. I wonder how many of the ones making some of these comments would say them out loud in public.... The woman's names should have nothing to do with this.

Posted by: dad2devin | March 4, 2011 10:31 PM | Report abuse

As I read these comments I realize that racism is alive and well. These allegations are very serious but let’s remember that nothing has been proven. I hate to say that I have seen a situation where the “rejected girl” was not picked for a rush and then rumors surfaced. The outcome of the court proceeding will prove if these allegations are based on facts or fiction.

For *mikewadestr* wow are you seriously posting comments that are racially offensive in such a manner. As another commenter has said you wouldn’t dare say that in public so please don’t act big and bad on a blog. At this day age we should be promoting unity but I see some racist attitudes are continuously passed down from ignorant generation to ignorant generation.

Posted by: jayTruth | March 5, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

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