The University of Central Florida is looking into hazing allegations against Sigma Chi dating back to the Spring 2015 semester. I imagine the event was so traumatic that the pledge suppressed the memory deep, deep down in the annals of his brain until June 18 when something or someone must have triggered the whole ordeal to come rushing back, causing him to break his silence and call the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life’s anti-hazing hotline. Let’s take a look at the grim details, shall we?
From Knight News:
One pledge was called by some brothers to come pick them up at Knight’s Library while he was acting as a designated driver for the fraternity. After picking up the brothers, they insisted that the pledge come back to their apartment behind Knight’s Library and drink and hangout with them for a little while.
The brothers took the phone given to the pledge so that he could not leave, according to UCF’s report. UCF’s investigation alleged, while at the apartment, that the pledge stated someone came out of the bathroom with a blindfold and told him to sit down so that they could blindfold him. Investigators said he was then told to get down on his knees and elbows and to “assume the position” (plank position). While in the plank position the pledge stated that he was being screamed at by brothers. Brothers told him to stay in the plank position and to count to 100.
The brothers would scream at him and ask him what number he had counted to. When he messed up, the brothers would continue to scream at the pledge and told him to count to 150 because he wasn’t paying attention. While in the position, he stated someone threw a basketball or football at him. The brothers then told him, “We are not doing this because we don’t like you, we are doing this because we want you to be one of us,” according to UCF’s report.
Spine chilling stuff, huh?
Listen, I could be completely off base since it has been a whole two years since I graduated, but I think it’s safe to assume UCF Sigma Chi hasn’t had a complete change of philosophy in who they recruit. These guys live, eat, and sleep for the gym. No matter what time of day I went to the Rec and Wellness Center, there would be a minimum of fifteen Sigs in some Derby Days cutoff tossing around iron. Not only are these dudes brothers, they’re their own personal trainers.
Because of that, it wouldn’t shock me if these allegations are true, but at the same token, this just sounds marshmallow soft. A 90-year-old grandmother with spina bifida could rough it out and plank for 100 seconds, so this should be a breeze for one of those SoFlo juiced up blockheaded pledges they attract.
These kids know exactly what they’re getting into. It’s part fraternity, part workout club. You should expect to have to bang out a few hundo pushups or curl anything in the room at any given moment. That’s just how UCF Sig Chi rolls. “Thanks for the sober ride, now plank for us” just seems egregiously tame in my eyes. Must have been an off day for said pledge..
[via Knight News]