UConn Sorority Banned Over 'Sizzling Bacon' Ritual, Which Managed To Be Both Bizarre And Awful
Many young women join sororities for the sisterhood, the friendships and the alumni connections — and not to be horribly humiliated in front of their peers. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case at University of Connecticut's Kappa Kappa Gamma chapter, banned from campus this week over a bizarre hazing ritual. According to reports, the sorority made some of its members lie on the floor and "sizzle like bacon" in front of brothers from a fellow fraternity. Um, weird, right?
That's not all that happened. After wiggling on the ground and making "sizzling" bacon sounds, Kappa Kappa Gamma member Hillary Holt claims the group was then forced into a drinking game. The members became heavily intoxicated, and Holt says she woke up in the hospital.
UConn spokesperson Stephanie Reitz told The Los Angeles Times that the university stripped Kappa Kappa Gamma of its registration and on-campus recognition, effectively banning the sorority. The fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, will also face disciplinary actions. The incident was investigated by law enforcement officials, and no criminal charges have been filed.
“UConn has zero tolerance for hazing and all similarly harmful behaviors, and repeatedly makes those expectations clear to all student leaders in Greek life and other organizations,” Reitz said.
As far as sorority hazings go, having members wiggle on the floor like strips of bacon is definitely one of the weirdest and most degrading acts. Unfortunately, it's only the latest in a string of bizarre acts that get sororities and fraternities in trouble...
Fraternity and sorority members at the University of Southern California fell into a bit of trouble in 2011 after photos of a man and a woman having sex on the school's tallest building during a philanthropic event went viral. The photos — which, well, captured quite a lot — led to the suspension of a Kappa Sigma member.
While the R-rated photos were pretty bad for the USC Greek community, at least we've come a long way since 1937, when Syracuse University banned sunbathing on the roofs of sorority houses.
Rage-y Expletive-Laced Emails
We all remember Sorority Emailgate of 2013, where an executive board member of Delta Gamma's University of Maryland chapter sent an extremely foul-mouthed email to her sisters. The letter went viral and resulted in one of Michael Shannon's finest performances. Although the sorority didn't get banned or suspended, the board member quickly resigned from her position.
Performing For The Male Gaze
This is admittedly more degrading than weird: In a confessional article published on Cosmopolitan.com, Tess Koman claims her college sorority made her dance suggestively to overtly sexual songs like Lil' Wayne's "Lollipop" in skin-tight outfits:
The other pledges and I were split into groups and told to do whatever we thought the boys would like. I remember thinking that that night was one of the greatest nights of my college career to date. ... But when it was all over, and I finally crashed back in my dorm room, it hit me that not only am I a terrible dancer, but also that the catcalling and cheering I had gotten from the boys just an hour ago was definitely not nice.
Koman also writes how her sorority sisters would blindfold her and then put in the shower or locked in a room. Apparently, blindfolding pledges and members isn't such an unusual thing; an anonymous former sorority girl told Teen Vogue that she and her sisters were routinely blindfolded and yelled at.