The Pi Beta Phi sorority chapter that was suspended at LSU earlier this year for hazing was allegedly suspended due to a milk chugging competition.
According to a report from The Advocate, an investigation found that an active member of the Pi Beta Phi chapter provided a new member of the sorority with a gallon of milk and told her to finish it within a certain amount of time.
The sorority’s national organization — who say that the hazing incident happened on Thursday, October 4 — reported their findings to Louisiana State University Police on Thursday, November 8.
At this time, Ernie Ballard, a spokesman for LSU, said that the investigation into the incident is still ongoing.
via The Advocate:
The parent organization of Pi Beta Phi sorority suspended their LSU’s chapter on Nov. 8 while officials investigated an allegation of hazing. The national Greek Life organization alleged that a member of their LSU chapter provided a new member “with a gallon of milk and gave her instructions to finish the milk within a certain amount of time,” the initial report from LSU Police says.
The report explains that LSU Police detectives were contacted about the incident from the national headquarters of Pi Beta Phi on Nov. 8. The incident occurred on Oct. 4 sometime between noon and 9 p.m., the report says. The names of both members involved in the milk incident were redacted out in the report. No further details were reported.
The suspension of Pi Beta Phi at LSU is just the latest in a string of hazing or alcohol-related incidents that have occurred at Greek life organizations over recent year.
LSU is one of the biggest recent examples of the pitfalls of fraternity and sorority culture, as 18-year-old freshman Maxwell Gruver passed away in 2017 due to alcohol-related hazing.
In addition to LSU, fraternities have been suspended or expelled across the nation as Greek life organizations and universities attempt to grapple with the pitfalls of hazing, alcohol and drug abuse, and sexual assault.
Schools such as Indiana University, the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Texas State, Florida State, Ball State, Louisiana State, and Penn State have all suspended or expelled fraternities for various reasons.