John’s Story: Candle-Light Hell Week
As promised, the PledgingSucks community will be heard. John, from an anonymous (badass) fraternity at Indiana University, tells his story:
“During my Hell Week, this was back in 2006, they had us live in this room for 5 days. We had 40 kids in our pledge class. In the room there is a giant fireplace. They lit a candle on the mantle of the fireplace. For the 5 days, they say: “do not let a brother blow out the candle”. Every time they (the brothers) blow out the candle, we (the pledges) are told to be “SO FUCKED”.
Well basically at times 30 brothers would burst in room and a giant wrestling match would take place. A kid tore his meniscus and another brother his wrist.
A brother could challenge a pledge 1 on 1 to get to the candle. Naturally fights broke out. I was so sore and had rug-burns all over my body by the end of it.
The year before us they said a kid hit his head on the bricks near the fireplace and had to get staples in his head. Its a ridiculously dangerous game, but it was really fun. Guaranteed someone gets seriously hurt.
And by the way, they blew out the candle like 25x and nothing happened to us.”
Fucking awesome isn’t it? John tells his story right, and let’s us know just how much pledging sucks. Going along with the Fear of the Unknown, this Hell Week story paints a picture of 40 pledges getting their shit rocked by 30 charging brothers… all for the sake of a fucking candle. If these pledges weren’t so mind-fucked, then maybe they’d realize that no matter what happened, they were “SO FUCKED” as it is. Did they know what was coming? Fuck no. The surprise makes everything that much better. And did they get hazed even more for letting it get blown out 25 times? No, but the fear of what was to come serves as punishment enough.
John has the nutsack to submit a story, how about you?
It’s not hazing. It’s brotherhood.