Writes Abrams, “The field hockey team was welcoming its new first-year players with an annual tradition: a fraternity crawl. The last stop of the night was Zeta Beta Tau.” Says one connected ZBT alumnus,“The women’s field hockey team had one of their annual rituals, which was typically that they have new freshman members, they have a day of carousing and heavy drinking and then make visits to the fraternities.”
Spec tells what happened there that didn’t at the other frats:
The women on the field hockey team instructed the ZBT brothers to ask the first-year women five questions.
“Three were innocuous and two inappropriate,” the alumnus said. “Things like, ‘What’s your favorite sex position?’ and ‘Do you swallow?’”
At this point, according to alumni, the evening took a turn for the worse.
“One unnecessary thing happened. One of the guys in ZBT, he threw water on [a girl] for some unknown reason, and she began to cry,” John Prudden, CC ’78 and another ZBT alumnus, said. “All the other guys shouted at him and threw him out.”
An angry neighbor filed a noise complaint over that ruckus, which led to the University investigation that unearthed the hazing. So it went in front of the tight-lipped InterGreek Judicial Board, where brothers judge brothers. The IGC recommended they lose their their charter. ZBT alumni think that’s pretty hypocritical, considering their house was only the last stop in the field hockey team’s night of hazing.
“Whatever ZBT did, every other frat did. All these guys on the InterGreek thing, they do this,” Prudden said, referring to the hazing incident. “So ZBT is now a hazing frat, which is a joke.”
“Columbia was never in the mommying business. Nobody cared whether you drank beer or smoked pot,” Prudden said. “When you’re in college, you’re given a great deal of freedom. … This is the time you get to work stuff out, this is your four years to do it. What are we teaching these kids, holy mother, it’s like a prison. I’m not used to Columbia telling me what to do on my own free time.”