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updated: Feb 19, 2013, 8:50 AM

The UCSB Waterski and Wakeboard team has been suspended by UCSB due to allegations of hazing.

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 COMMENT 376044 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 09:02 AM

More evidence of party school mentality. Meanwhile other students are trying to fence the cliff so the drunk waterskier club doesn't fall down. A college sport that requires a speedboat, what is UCSB thinking ?


 COMMENT 376053 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 09:13 AM

Most schools have clubs like this. Don't just pin it on a party-school mentatilty.


 COMMENT 376063 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 09:33 AM

044, it's not a "college sport", it's a club. College students are stupid, sure, but over the age of 18.


 COMMENT 376066 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 09:38 AM

At least they weren't waterboarding...


 COMMENT 376077 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 09:52 AM

Waterski and Wakeboard team? This school is lucky it invested heavily in some good science and academics about two decades ago. That along with the fact the UC system is heavily impacted so the rule of supply and demand warrants over the top tuition's keep it as a club med party school with some good upper grad stuff in the background. I wish this school would start coming down on some of the shenanigans a little harder. Make them clean up after Flotopia!


 COMMENT 376089 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 10:04 AM

Must have been caught water boarding.


 COMMENT 376093 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 10:08 AM

Ye gawds, that is the most overblown, overwritten article I've ever read, yet the question remains, what was the actual hazing incident? All I got from that treatise was that it somehow involved drinking and a motorboat. How many students were involved? What was the injury? What happened? So many possibilities, so little information.


 COMMENT 376117 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 11:00 AM

"Boat races", which I participated in at UCSB (though not on the Waterski team), were when a 6 person team would chug a cup of beer in order (second person starts when the first person finishes and puts the cup upside down on his head, etc.) against another team. The first team to have all it's members finish their beers won. This was generally competed between two or more colleges at the evening party. Unless it has changed definitions, no 'powerboat' or motor vehicle is involved.

Times have definitely changed. I know my UCSB club sport team RARELY lost a boat race! And I certainly never thought it was hazing.


 COMMENT 376135 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 11:31 AM

Drinking following a club activity is now considered "hazing"? Good grief, I'm glad to have graduated when having a few beers was considered a bonding experience. What a bunch of delicate flowers we've become.


 COMMENT 376143 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 11:41 AM

4 yrs for this? I think this is the harshest punishment I've ever seen from UCSB. You can't tell me that this isn't going on nightly at at least one frat in IV. But maybe the fraternity members don't experience regret and embarassment after the party?

Where do they pratice, anyway- the bird refuge?


 COMMENT 376158 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 11:55 AM

If any of the members were under 21 there should also be some legal actions taken.


 COMMENT 376177 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 12:42 PM

Yes, 158, let's ruin some 21, 21+1 and 21+2 year olds' lives for the next few years over underage drinking that occurs everywhere and anywhere, not just among club members/friends. Ridiculous.


 COMMENT 376212 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 01:51 PM

Clubs are responsible for everyone's behavior attending said events, so its easy for someone to ruin any clubs status, especially held at offsite campgrounds (I think they practiced out near Bakersfield)

It is funny the administration is so heavy handed here, yet the dorms are pretty wild??


 COMMENT 376230 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 02:14 PM

177 - If an underaged drinking citation is enough to ruin a persons life then that person did not have much of a life to begin with. If you are caught breaking the law you must own up to it. Why should UCSB students not be held accountable for their actions?


 COMMENT 376269 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 03:48 PM

ucsb needs to install lifelines on their boats to prevent their drunk students from falling overboard. Fences on the bluffs, lifelines on the ski boats ! and we want it now ! come on, how irresponsible is this school ? These students need to be protected


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 08:08 AM

It doesn't clarify exactly what the hazing incident was, nor how many were "hazed". Why is hazing even necessary? It's really just bullies acting out. College is for education, maybe these people need to grow up.


 COMMENT 376486 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 08:39 AM

A complete waste of an article if they aren't going to mention what the events were.


 COMMENT 376499 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 09:00 AM

Yes I would love a good definition of "hazing" seems it has become a catch phrase

I heard that someone "crashed" the clubs campfire, drank to much and hurt himself, then its a "deep pocket" lawsuit filed and a harsh punishment handed down to the club who undoubtedly was breaking the drinking laws.

Wonder what happens on all those school sanctioned field trips?? Hikes,rafting,skiing etc?? I am sure they are all dry camps right?


 COMMENT 376506 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 09:10 AM

Those looking for a definition of hazing... did you even read the article??? It was in there, at least UCSB's definition.


 COMMENT 376627 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 11:55 AM

So UCSB got mad this year for something that happens everday in IV and has been going on in every club since forever?


 COMMENT 376797P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 05:31 PM

Because someone complained, UCSB has to back away from officially endorsing this club. It's a CYA move to avoid liability.


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