Cayuga's Waiters - Cornell University's oldest a cappella group has been officially dismissed from the university in a report just released yesterday by The Cornell Daily Sun
Over the past few months, the Waiters have been at the center of a university investigation that took a deep look into at their internal activities during the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters. It was discovered that the group had been carried out hazing activities during this time, causing the university to enact a temporary suspension of the a cappella group effective Sept. 2nd.
These hazing activities involved making new and non-senior members "sit naked in an ice bath in a bathroom during an organization trip; apply Icy Hot to their genitals; and race up and down a street and then consume food," according to campus officials.
Upon further investigation, more details came to light that these practices date back 10 years.
At one point, the suspension had been lifted by the University Hearing Board, but this decision was immediately appealed by the Office of the Judicial Administrator (OJA).
In a joint decision by the University Review Board and the OJA, the university decided that a permanent dismissal was necessary.
Cornell Interim President Hunter Rawlings backed the decision stating "This behavior has no place at Cornell, and I agree with the URB that dismissal of the organization is appropriate."
Founded in 1949 as a subset of the university's Glee Club, the group found success over the past few decades with over two dozen album releases, music tours, and a parody of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire" titled "We Didn't Go To Harvard," which garnered critical acclaim.