The Durham University fresher almost dropped out after getting forced to drink excessive amounts of alcohol and strip down naked, by senior members of the sports club. While other tasks reportedly involved nudity. When that student, who wants to remain anonymous, and his parents complained, blundering bosses allegedly revealed his identity to teammates. At a separate event three days later, losers of a drinking game were allegedly forced to have their hair shaved off by senior team members. We want them to feel safe, welcome, respected, and valued members of the University and local communities.
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Illustrations by Paddy Jones. Initiation rituals are a cruel, but efficient way of creating that snug sense of group loyalty and belonging. In Sweden they've been popular since the Middle Ages. Back then, new Swedish students had to dress up in colourful clothes adorned with horns, donkey ears and boar tusks. They were then pushed around in front of a mocking crowd who used axes, saws and tongs to hack apart their bestial costumes, though this sometimes lead to students losing ears and whatnot.
Kansas University cheerleaders forced to strip naked as part of ‘humiliating’ initiation ceremony
News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. RECORD numbers of new students will head off to university this autumn — and many will discover that two years of exams to win a place was the easy part. Once associated with lads at US colleges, some of the most humiliating ceremonies are now dreamed up by female clubs and societies. Ex-student Abbey Ward, who graduated from Loughborough University in June, said she witnessed horrific initiations.