The Netherlands: Night of the Pig

College freshmen and fraternity pledges are fair game for hazing, a ritual designed to humiliate them without actually killing them. But every so often, the ritual is carried to extremes, someone is badly hurt, and an angry public debate flares. In The Netherlands last week, such a debate was under way.

What touched of-the uproar was an incident in a University of Amsterdam student club, inappropriately called "Nos Inngit Amicitia" (Friendship Ties Us Together). When a freshman complained because a plate of hot soup was poured over him, he was told to keep...

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