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An Ivy League A Capella Group Got Booted for Hazing with Icy Hot

Pledges also had to "race up and down a street and then consume foods," according to the school's report.
Drew Schwartz
Brooklyn, US
Photo by Flickr user Eli Sagor

Apparently not all of Cornell's singing groups are as mild-mannered as Here Comes Treble. This week the university had to kick its oldest all-male a cappella group off campus for hazing incoming members, alerting the larger world to the fact that a) Cornell has an all-male a cappella group called "Cayuga's Waiters," and b) even a cappella groups haze their pledges.

According to the Associated Press, the Ivy League club made members put Icy Hot on their genitals, forced them to get naked and take a bath in ice water, and gave booze to underage kids. The Waiters also required pledges to "race up and down a street and then consume foods," according to Cornell's judicial report.

When the school launched an investigation into the Waters, members admitted the group had a history of putting pledges through weird rituals dating back at least ten years. In some cases, alumni from the group even came back to help terrorize new members. The University Hearing Board called the club's hazing rituals "extremely serious," "dangerous," and "humiliating." After a temporary suspension in 2016, Cornell's University Review Board (URB) decided it was best to shut down the club permanently.

"This behavior has no place at Cornell," Cornell's then-president Elizabeth Garrett said in a statement. "I agree with the URB that dismissal of the organization is appropriate."

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