More than a decade of severe hazing has finally come to the attention of Cornell’s faculty, causing their oldest a cappella group to be disbanded after accusations that they have been forcing members to sit in ice tubs for hours, apply icy hot to their genitals, and streaking in public.
An administrative review of The Waiters found that “new members and non-senior members of the organization were subjected to systematic hazing activities.”
Ritual hazing included: “requiring new members to: sit naked in an ice bath in a bathroom during an organization trip; apply Icy Hot to their genitals; and, race up and down a street and then consume foods,” according to a report.
The Daily Mail reports:
Administrators found a record of even ‘more severe’ hazing, which they declined to describe, stretching back for more than 10 years.
University alumni who had previously sung in the group also returned to participate in the hazing, the report found.
Not including the Cayuga’s Waiters, Cornell has at least 13 other a cappella groups, including the Class Notes, Hearsay, and the Hangovers.
The Waiters were said to be the oldest though, founded in 1949 as a subset of the Cornell Glee Club.
They likely take their name from the Cayuga people, a Native American tribe from the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York.
The group has released 25 albums over the years, including 2010’s Stripped, 1999’s Clothing Optional, and their 1959 debut album as an independent group, Cocktails for Twelve.
The group’s permanent disbanding comes after a temporary suspension instituted in September.
Responding to the group’s final appeal of the ruling, Cornell Interim President Hunter Rawlings said in a statement that he agreed with the ruling ‘that the hazing violations in this case are “extremely serious”.’
‘This behavior has no place at Cornell, and I agree with the [review board] that dismissal of the organization is appropriate,’ the statement added.