Letter to the editor: Fraternity hazing needs to be addressed
12 hrs ago
I don’t know what it takes to put a stranglehold on college fraternities, in particular, hazing. How many more young men must we lose before we stop the idiocy? What’s with fraternities? Why does initiation require blood curdling tests of terror? My close call was the fright of my life. I’ve never forgotten what a close shave it was. Things haven’t changed since.
Manhattan College had three fraternities. I was determined to join the best, Phi Rho Pi, with all the campus jocks. Subjected to most unusual treatment to be one of “the boys,” in most cases, I enjoyed my assignments. I didn’t mind proposing to the ugliest girl on nearby Mt. St. Vincent campus, nor attending class in the hip boots of 6’ 10” basketball star Junius Kellogg despite my size. Even the assignment of securing and providing a pound of belly button lint unfazed me. Who was to say what I really presented them with? But hell night, I’ll never forget.
We were re-dressed in each other’s clothing so we couldn’t hide money on our person when finally dropped off in the middle of nowhere. Our foreheads were painted with fraternity letters. Our eyes were blindfolded with bread slices secured by Kotex. I rode in the trunk of the car and whenever stopped, climbed out and ran into a roadhouse to beg for beer. When finally successful, it was another’s turn in the trunk.
Suddenly, a passing police car became suspicious. We were immediately pulled over. The pledge jumped out of the trunk shouting, face painted in orange and black, clothes shabbily misfit. As we disembarked the car, a terrified policeman’s hand shook visibly as he waved his gun at all. What restrained him, I’ll never know.
Gene Casella, Queensbury
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Casella, Gene [MC????]
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I believe that Gene is a member of the Class of 1955,and a former Woodlawn guy!
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
Casella, Gene [MC1955]
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