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Freshman Force-Fed Cat Food Shows Frats Thwart Hazing Warnings

In 2011, a fraternity-sponsored team of experts alerted Arizona State University to “widespread” hazing and “high-risk” drinking at its Greek houses. The warning didn’t save Jack Culolias.

The 19-year-old freshman disappeared in November 2012 after a fraternity party. Culolias had told friends that Sigma Alpha Epsilon members forced him to shave his head and eat cat food as part of his initiation and that he expected to be tied to a flagpole and locked in a garage during “Hell Week.” Sixteen days later, searchers found him drowned accidentally in a river, with his blood alcohol three times the legal limit.