'Bacon Hazing,' Forced Alcohol Gets Sorority Kicked Out at UConn

Thursday, 08 May 2014 04:53 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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A University of Connecticut sorority has been kicked off campus for three years over hazing pledges by making them lie on the floor and pretend to sizzle like bacon and forcing them to drink alcohol, The Hartford Courant reports.

The Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority must leave its house on campus by May 15, and also is barred participating in campus activities.

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“The University's decision to revoke Kappa Kappa Gamma's registration and recognition was not taken lightly, but it was appropriate and imperative in light of the severity of the circumstances," a school spokesperson told the Courant.

University sophomore Hillary Holt said that during a fraternity house event, she and other pledges were made to “lay on the floor and sizzle like bacon” and also drink beer and alcohol shots while jumping up and down and grabbing their ankles, the Courant said. After playing beer pong, Holt said she woke up in the hospital.

The sorority received a letter on Wednesday about the hazing incident, and may appeal in writing by May 14, the Courant said.

“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,” university spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz told The Los Angeles Times.

The rather unusual hazing ritual of sizzling and wiggling on the floor like bacon got predictable attention online.

New York Magazine reminded readers of other “meat-product-related hazing from UConn,” including the fact that Delta Zeta was suspended last month for making fraternity members eat dog treats.

While some were confused exactly what "bacon hazing" meant, many pointed out in online comments that the sorority ban came about more from the alcohol than the "sizzling like bacon.

“They were NOT booted over a 'Bacon Hazing.' They were booted over forced consumption of alcohol. If all they did was wiggle on the floor like sizzling bacon, this would not be a story,” wrote a commenter at Newser. “(Another dumb headline.)”

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