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 »
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 »
Even among the awful hazing stories that seem to make headlines way too often, this one sticks out as particularly atrocious.
Chun Hsien Deng, a 19-year-old Baruch College freshman, died of “major brain trauma” on Monday after partaking in a fraternity hazing ritual on a retreat in the Poconos. Deng was there with around 30 members of the fraternity Pi Delta Psi. Apparently, they played a game called the Glass Ceiling, which consists of blindfolding someone and placing a heavy object on their back. Then, someone calls for the person and he tries to make his way toward them, still blindfolded, while other members of the frat try to tackle him. Keep reading »
Fashion is a mean and fickle industry: You spend one million space bucks on some really fancy designer item, only to be told that it’s “so last season.” That’s where businesses like Rent the Runway come in: They allow you to rent in-season designer garments for the night, or the week or the month so that you can have the look and pay the rent. If that sort of thing is important to you. New statistics from Rent the Runway have just been released, and it turns out that the company’s chief consumers aren’t fashion-happy galleristas and shop girls in New York or Los Angeles, but sorority girls at southern universities. Says a recent Wall Street Journal report on them:
College campuses—and even a few elite prep schools—make up roughly 25 percent of the company’s business and are a big source of its growth. “It starts out with prom and moves on to graduation,” says chief executive Jennifer Hyman, explaining how girls transition into loyal customers as they try out Alice & Olivia, D&G, Missoni, Diane von Furstenberg, Trina Turk and other designers—often for the first time.
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