When I first went into college, I was adamant about not “going greek.” I will not buy my friends and I will not subject myself to the ridicule of being hazed, I thought. I knew some of my girlfriends would decide to join sororities and some would not, but regardless of who came and went, I knew that my true friends would remain close to me. After a year in college, a few of my hallmates convinced me to attend a rush event, where I’d have the opportunity to visit their sorority and get to know the members: it was nothing more than an informational gathering with food and “mocktails” (drinking was prohibited), so I decided to humor them and go. I left there that night feeling like there was a whole new world outside the confines of my dorm room; one that not only broadened my horizons socially and allowed me to meet a ton of fascinating women of different ages and from different backgrounds, but one that would also give my daily routine some structure. Members were required to obtain a specific GPA, remain involved in a certain amount of extra curricular clubs and activities, and uphold the values of the organization— these requirements would be monitored closely or else you would lose your membership. Before I knew it, I was recruited and decided to go for it. Keep reading »
It’s no secret that women use the words “slut” and “whore” to describe other women. Now, a new study of college-aged women sheds more light on just why young women use these slurs. You might be as surprised as I was to find out what’s really at play here: the slur is not meant to directly punish sexuality, but to delineate a broader social standing. And here’s the interesting part: depending on where a young woman landed within the school’s social hierarchy, she used the word “slut” differently to describe her peers. Keep reading »
Five leaders of the Darthmouth Panhellenic Council are boycotting rush week because they feel recruiting tactics used by sororities unfairly consider race, class, gender and sexual orientation. Those taking the stance the President of the Panhellenic council Eliana Piper, two vice presidents and two programming chairs, sent an email to the entire campus list-serve outlining their grievances that the Greek system is inherently racist, classist queerphobic and that there are high incidences of dangerous binge drinking and sexual assault.
While the women were hoping to completely stop winter rush Panhellenic executives and sorority presidents voted to continue as they usually would. The email is better than anything I can summarize so read it on College Candy…
After a Baruch College student died in a totally messed up hazing ritual a few weeks ago, the school has taken action by placing a lifetime ban on the frat behind the incident, Pi Delta Psi. Chun “Michael” Deng, a 19-year-old freshman, died on December 8 after participating in an awful, dangerous hazing game at a frat retreat in the Poconos. Baruch College’s president, Mitchel Wallerstein, announced the ban on Wednesday. According to Wallerstein, the school is conducting a review, and some students aren’t too keen on cooperating. The Huffington Post has explored whether Deng’s death could have been prevented, considering the fact that he was surrounded by over 30 frat brothers when he was injured and wasn’t taken to the hospital right away. Their findings are pretty sobering. Check out their video after the jump… [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Who says sororities are all about boozing and boys?
On June 15, Delta Theta Sorority Inc. will open an elementary school, the Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre Campus in the remote Haitian village of Chérette. Since Chérette is located about 96 miles from the Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, children there do not have access to a proper education or a reliable source of clean water. To help combat this problem, the sorority teamed up with Water & Education International (WEI), which will will manage and run the school through its WEI School Project, while Delta Theta Sorority will provide funds through its Delta Research & Educational Foundation. Keep reading »
My phone blips. Another email. Given that I’m stuck at an un-jaywalkable intersection in the East Village, I pause to open it. It’s another reply to my sorority sister’s chain email. The subject line from 35 emails ago simply reads: “Interesting.” I’m immediately engrossed, missing the walking man and chance to cross the street.
Earlier this week, another email sent off to “sisters” surfaced on the internet. It has received hundreds of thousands of reads, an onslaught of comments and at least two well-known dramatic readings. Rebecca Martinson’s virulent, expletive-filled rant confirmed and probably strengthened everybody’s stereotype of Greek life.
Her email evoked many emotions. I was embarrassed for her and disgusted with the email. I was incredulous that she could send something like that to an entire chapter of girls that she pays dues to be a member of. (Also that she used email, when everybody knows can easily be forwarded or published.) I thought of my own past Greek Weeks with amusement. But mostly I recalled the intense and all-consuming nature of the Greek system — the politics, the rankings, the jockeying for connection to a certain fraternity, the endless events, the rivalry of shirts and styles. I remembered what it was like to care so much about the frivolity. Keep reading »