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How to initiate: Backpage edition

Callie Brown

February 5, 2015

It's the dawn of a new age: Second semester has officially begun. It's been two weeks, so obviously it makes sense that everyone is completely exhausted already. The countdown to spring break has already begun, and sickness is sweeping over this campus like a new form of the plague. The days of break...

Wholesome group activities that are totally awesomer than any initiation practices

Elena Aragon

October 6, 2011

Looking for some fresh and creative ways to initiate your group? Consider these exciting options that not only catalyze bonding but also test the strengths of the individuals joining, creating some solid solidarity all up in that. 1. Going to a petting zoo Kickin' it with all the llamas can sure ...

Cry for help from a ‘Pioneer’ writer

Tabor Martinsen

October 6, 2011

In light of this week's newspaper initiation, my boss asked me to write an article about my  experience thus far so here it is. On the first day, Satan my boss Adam made me clean his dirty laundry helped me  through a writing workshop. It was a horrible experience that made me contemplate the  ...

TKE puts Pio staff on probation

Illustration: Eddy Vazquez

Dana Thompson

October 6, 2011

The Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity has placed The  Pioneer on probation for questionable goings-on during the infamous Pioneer Initiation Week, a representative said on Wednesday. "The initiation is really getting out of hand," a junior TKE member declared in a subsequent press conference. "S...

Allegations of hazing leveled against TKE initiation practices

Credit: Ethan Parrish

Molly Smith

March 3, 2011

This article was also co-authored by Derek Thurber with contribution from Rachel Alexander and Josh Goodman. Several weeks ago, The Pioneer was approached by senior Dan Hart with some of the allegations described below. As a result of his coming forward, we began an investigation into his claims as we...

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