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Hazed and Accused
Pi Kappa Alpha
Pi Kappa Alpha
May 6, 2008: At Louisiana's Tulane University, ten members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, commonly referred to as PIKE, were arrested on felony charges of aggravated second-degree battery after two pledges wound up at a local hospital with second- and third-degree burns. The suspects (five pictured) were accused of pouring boiling water, vinegar and crab-boil on the bodies of at least ten pledges, and then covering them with flour, cayenne peppers and wasabi during a Hell Night initiation. According to a New Orleans Police arrest warrant, the victims were instructed to lie about the source of their injuries. This is not the first accusation of misdeeds against members of the notoriously raucous PIKE, now no longer recognized or condoned by Tulane, which has a zero-tolerance anti-hazing policy. In 2006, Tulane's student government organization filed a complaint with the university alleging that several female students had been drugged at a fraternity party. The allegation had resulted in a temporary suspension of PIKE's activities and community service duties for its members.
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