ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police arrested seven UAlbany students they say hazed four individuals during an initiation for a sorority at a home on the 400 block of Hamilton Street.
“I think that’s really cruel and horrible,” said UAlbany student Andrew Borruso. “I have a sister myself and I would never want that to happen to her.”
Police say it happened in the basement of the home early Thursday morning.
According to court documents, one UAlbany student describes to police an utterly disgusting account of what allegedly went on inside the basement at 468 Hamilton Street in Albany. The student says she was being initiated into a sorority called Alpha Omicron Pi when she says she and other pledges were blind folded, told to get on the ground and forced to eat mud and dirt while having rotten milk, rotten eggs, moldy food and a substance that smelled like urine poured on their faces, mouth and body.
The student says her throat started to swell and she had a hard time breathing as her eyes swelled and she had pain in her face and chest.
A UAlbany student who said he lives at the home, said he did not hear or see anything when he got home at 3 a.m.
“I’ve been living here all year and I’ve never heard of anything like that but you know, I couldn’t really tell you what happened last night, I wasn’t home,” said UAlbany student Nikita Idiri. “That’s crazy. That’s the first I’m hearing of anything like this.”
The seven individuals identified as Katrina Bergvoy, 19, of Albany; Heaven Guanco, 19, of Albany; Monica Vitagliano, 19, of Copiague; Tereyza Martin, 20, Albany; Chinazo Ezekwem, 21, of Albany; Nicole Johnson, 21, of Albany; and Jessica Raynor, 21, of Albany; were all charged with 1st degree hazing and 2nd degree hazing.
A representative with Alpha Omicron Pi says it has not been a sorority at UAlbany since 2014.
“The girls are usually very quiet,” said Idiri. “They’re very cool. They’re not affiliated with any organization so.”
“I think a lot of sororities and fraternities on campus that are actually with the school, would never do something like that,” said Borruso. “I think that’s a rare occurrence.”
The seven individuals were all issued appearance tickets to appear in Albany City Criminal Court.
NEWS10 ABC reached out to UAlbany about the incident, but we have not heard back from them at this time.