Education: Boys WIll Be Boys

Like the 23 candidates for initiation who had preceded him, 20-year-old Robert Perry of Harrisburg, Ill. was blindfolded and stripped. His chin, belly, groin and legs were daubed with a coating of lampblack and collodion. Then he was made to lie down on a table and, while voices taunted him with horrible threats, one of the brothers stood ready to give him a mild shock in the crotch with an induction coil charged by two dry-cell batteries.

For years Jesuit St. Louis University's chapter of Phi Beta Pi, a medical fraternity, had put...

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