Colin Schlank says he was in the backseat of a speeding car with a blindfold over his eyes. Music was blasting as the vehicle swerved from side to side, slamming him against its windows.
It was his first night rushing Alpha Epsilon Pi, a Jewish fraternity, at the University of Connecticut. He’d spent one semester as a freshman before deciding to join, hoping to expand his circle of friends.
Now he was scared and disoriented, wondering what he had gotten himself into.
Before pledging AEPi, Schlank said he had no misconceptions about what lay ahead: “I knew what Greek life was like. I knew about hazing.”
But he says the pitfalls of the initiation process got “really real” for him soon after fraternity brothers began berating him and his fellow pledges.
“I remember that one moment where I was like, ‘something isn’t right here,'” Schlank told CNN. “Here are the supposed leaders of the chapter, swearing in my face and treating me like an animal.”