Seen a picture of the Brown University student newspaper showed new swimming and diving members of the team stripped to the underwear or swimwear and photographed in front of the university Van Wickle Gates, according to The Associated Press.
PROVIDENCE, R. I. – the Brown University, said that it has launched an investigation into the alleged hazing on the men’s varsity swimming and diving team at the Ivy League school, after a probe by its student newspaper.
The Brown Daily Herald reported that the review of text messages, e-mails, photos, and recordings of conversations between the team members, who described Oct. 7 as a night of “initiation” or “hazing” heavy drinking, vandalism, and other activities.
The newspaper found that several for the first year, the members of the team vomited that night and the members of the team destroyed a statue of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius seated on a horse by climbing up and smashing Smirnoff Ice vodka bottles. A swimming and diving captain described on an audio recording as a tradition of “smashing the ‘Ices’ to the images.”
A photo viewed by the newspaper, the staff showed new members of the team stripped to the underwear or swimwear and photographed in front of the university Van Wickle Gates on the campus. Another photo showed a member of the team with the name “Oedipus” written on his bare back, along with the drawing of a penis. Oedipus was a mythological king who killed his father and married his mother.
Brown spokesman Brian Clark said in a written statement that the university has a media research over the alleged hazing, Nov. 14, in which are recorded a few details. He said that the university’s Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, it began to look, and launched an investigation Nov. 29.
As of Wednesday, he said, not a single student had expressed his concerns directly to Brown.
“The university remains deeply troubled by the allegations and continues to actively investigate. Every activity is a proven form hazing is a violation of both the Brown Code of Student Conduct and Rhode Island state law,” Clark said.
Students found responsible for violating the code are subject to the university sanctions, he said.
At the team meetings in October and November, the captains were captured on audio recordings telling team members to refuse to hazing when they were asked about it, and refuse even meeting to talk about the research.
“There are things out there that are harmful, it is just about how we run it now,” a captain was recorded saying in a Nov. 14 meeting.
Athletes must commit themselves in writing to following Brown’s hazing policy, and attend an NCAA compliance meeting with their team, ” he said. Athletes who violate Ivy League or NCAA rules are subject to sanctions, Clark added.