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Towson Cheerleader Hazing Involves Drinking, Dancing, and Diapers

By    |   Thursday, 05 Jun 2014 07:43 AM

The details of the Towson University cheerleader hazing that made national headlines and got the team suspended for the 2013-2014 season have now been made public, and the report tells a tale of drinking, adult diapers, and dancing.

The Baltimore Sun obtained the university's report on the incident through a public records request, and it's clear the goings-on between the cheerleaders violated the "zero tolerance" policy for hazing.

Upon arriving at one of the veteran cheerleader's apartments, new recruits were told at the door that they could say no to anything that was asked of them inside.

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Once inside, they were told they had a choice of doing cocaine or heroin. Luckily, this was just a joke, and there were no drugs actually on the premises. "Although no drugs were provided, this was done to let the new members on the team know that the team was drug-free," wrote the university in its report.

The novices were then asked to drink a beer through a funnel or do a single shot of alcohol. All of the cheerleaders chose one or the other, with no one refusing.

They were then gathered in another room where they were given blindfolds and adult diapers. Once they had them on, they were tasked with doing a dance for the group, one by one, until the dancing broke out into a group dance party.

Many of the cheerleaders told university investigators it was "not a big deal" and was a "team bonding experience."

CBS Baltimore caught up with members of the local community, however, to get their take.

"Any form of hazing is bad and they shouldn’t have done it," said Ida Khan, a senior at the university.

Melanie Bulavinetz, another senior, said, "Everyone knows what hazing is. Degrading anyone, especially your teammates, is just morally wrong."

Jana Varwig, vice president of student affairs told reporters that with hazing, "You’re asked to do something you might not want to do, but you think you might have to do it because that is how you become a member of the organization. That’s the power dynamic that’s there."

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