UC Berkeley Zeta Phi Beta Pledge Accuses Sorority Sisters of Beating, Hazing Her

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A former UC Berkeley student and Zeta Phi Beta pledge quickly discovered that her sorority dues just weren't paying off.

Britteny Starling is suing her sorority sisters for allegedly hazing her so badly she was forced to drop out of school and take medical leave.

According to a lawsuit filed in Oakland this week, Starling was thrilled to pledge Zeta Phi Beta, where hazing practices are forbidden. However, shortly after pledging the sorority in 2010, Starling claims her "big sister" and others in the sorority were participating in "underground hazing" practices.

Starling stated that at the beginning of the pledge process, the girls were ordered to perform a host of tasks and rituals for their "big sisters," the older sorority girls who mentor pledges through what is supposed to be a fun process.

However, pledging was anything but fun. Starling said that pledges like herself were ordered to follow their big sisters' instructions and orders, no matter how messy, bizarre, or inconvenient; otherwise they would be booted from the sorority.

Some of those horrible tasks included reciting the history of the sorority while being beat over the head; sisters putting garbage in Starling's pocket and calling her the "trash can;" and ordering Starling to clean up juice from the floor using her back.

The aggressiveness turned more violent on Feb. 18, 2011, when her sorority sisters beat her while calling her a "bitch." They allegedly ripped off the pockets of her jeans and slammed her head into a wall, causing her lip to bleed, according to the lawsuit.

Starling was then forced to stay awake all night.

A day later, Starling's sorority sisters made pledges stand in awkward holding positions for hours, before Starling's leg gave out. One of the girls used a book to "strike Starling's ankle, injuring her severely," according to the claim.

Still, Starling was determined to pledge this sorority, and she came back for more. On another occasion, Starling claims her sorority sisters refused to let her use the bathroom, which ended in Starling peeing on herself.

Finally, Starling had enough. She told her sorority sisters that she no longer felt the need to pledge Zeta Phi Beta, and despite their pleading with her, Starling dropped out of the sorority -- and eventually quit school due to the physical and psychological stress.

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b_ice99
b_ice99

Thinking you're above generations of tradition does make you a bitch.  If you can't take your licks like the ones before you, then you deserve none of the privileges they earned and that you now have--like speaking up against the very tradition that gave you the privilege to speak freely online.  But your beloved OBAMA is seeking to remove that privilege,  and providing means for you all to point the finger at tradition instead of reality.
Wake up before you get completely annihilated in the name of someone wanting 'rights'

ay_tnac_od_ti_ekil_e
ay_tnac_od_ti_ekil_e

The only way anyone has a right to speak on a matter as such is if they live it themselves. I was severely hurt while in a process for a sorority and am still awaiting surgery. When you go through a process your "Big Sisters" make it seem as though if you don't finish and cross the sands you will be frowned upon and everyone will know. No one wants to be thought of as the ones that weren't good enough. So you go through the pain no matter how severe it is and simply "Man Up the F Up". So no one has any room to really speak on a matter that is not apart of your life.  

Yeaaah
Yeaaah

Lmao, you're an idiot for subjecting yourself to this in the first place...now you want to sue them because you allowed it to happen? No one forced you to be there, dumbass.

sarah
sarah

this girl is a pussy

final fantasy
final fantasy

When I was in high school, an acquaintance who had left for college passed away during a frat hazing incident. He was made to drink so much water that his brain swelled and he died. It was really tragic. There's really nothing to say, except for WTF and STOP IT and WHY. It's totally inhuman.

MrMee02
MrMee02

This is a product of pure stupidity. Organizations have been "hazing" since the beginning and I'm sure she knew what she was getting into when she signed up for it. Unfortunately for zeta they must have members who ordinarily would be punks using their positions (and small army) to become tough guys. Take some ownership over your pledges next time and get it right.

Cnhanson3
Cnhanson3

My sorority never treated me like this. They were true sisters, and I am so thankful after reading this.

Phattychick
Phattychick

Shes a dummy. Stupid girl, getting your ass beat and going back for more? She must be used to getting beat.

Looneyblue2
Looneyblue2

Say dont you sign a document saying you wont submit to hazing of any kind?

crusty
crusty

the !% of u.c. berkeley preparing to join their elders having fun hurting others.

Forgetnot
Forgetnot

Why did she wait so long to quit?  Often we know right away that something feels wrong but ignore our natural born instinct of self-preservation (listen-to-your-gut).  Overriding your natural instincts can be hazardous to our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Ben Walsh
Ben Walsh

American universities are so weird.

Pinche Kabrown
Pinche Kabrown

 Lots of women like this.  Ever notice how abusive guys are never single?

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