Bowdoin’s Hockey Team Put On Double Secret Probation. Mr. Blutarsky… Zero Point Zero
Bowdoin became the first institution in NESCAC history to voluntarily vacate a NESCAC Championship following the discovery that hazing occurred at a men’s ice hockey initiation event on May 11. The revelation was a dramatic turn of fortune for a team that only three months prior had been riding high after defeating Williams to capture the program’s first-ever conference title.
What exactly happened at the initiation, however, remains unclear.
The Dean’s Office learned of the initiation on the morning of May 12 and alerted the Department of Safety and Security, which promptly launched an investigation. According to a former member of the team who agreed to speak to the Orient on the condition of anonymity, the players were notified of the investigation that evening. Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster declined to elaborate on the exact details of the event.
Foster did report that the investigation quickly revealed that the incident “was an unambiguous case of hazing.”
College policy defines hazing as “any activity that is part of an initiation, participation, or affiliation in a group” that includes coercive, illegal, or academically compromising behavior. The Student Handbook additionally stipulates that hazing includes “encouraging or requiring a person to consume alcohol, drugs, or foreign or unusual substances.”
Former captain Kyle Shearer-Hardy ’11 wrote in an email to the Orient that “there certainly was drinking involved, but no hard alcohol. Just kegs and wine coolers…it was more of an end of year party that happens annually.” (Read the rest at the Bowdoin Orient)
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