Brown University said it has launched an investigation into 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 it reviewed text messages, emails, photos and recordings of conversations among team members, who described Oct. 7 as a night of “initiation” or “hazing,” with heavy drinking, vandalism and other activities.
The newspaper found that multiple first-year members of the team vomited that night and team members vandalized a statue of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius seated atop a horse by climbing on it and smashing Smirnoff Ice vodka bottles against it. A swimming and diving captain described it on an audio recording as a tradition of “smashing the ‘Ices’ against the statues.”
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