College students are heading back to campus across the U.S., but one of the first lessons they may face is in sexism or racism.
Any student can become the victim of hazing. And any student and parent can become a powerful force in the national movement to end hazing. There are a number of organizations devoted to promoting hazing awareness and prevention.
This year, the Delta Beta Theta sorority and Delta Beta Tau fraternity are in the process of becoming chartered Greek organizations. For the first time, a Buddhist fraternity and sorority are coming to the San Diego State campus.
What frustrates me the most, and still often surprises me, is how much I am asked about how I could have been in a sorority when I am such a proud feminist. What so many people fail to realize is that I am a proud feminist because I was in a sorority. The two are not, and never have been, mutually exclusive.
The next time you see a middle-schooler or even a peer use derogatory terms, make faces or inappropriate impressions or gestures related to disability, take that opportunity to talk about it. It all starts with a conversation. A conversation many won't have, unless you bring it up.
Ultimately, there's no one to blame the protracted demise of the "Greek" system on but the "Greeks" themselves. My own school, Wesleyan University, has changed its mind from forcing fraternities to co-educate to just kicking them off campus.
Live-in advisors, more commonly known as "Frat Moms," were big back in the seventies, but the trend has since died out. The University of Michigan is thinking of bringing it back, and we'd like to nominate ourselves for the role. Here is our application for the job.
The women of Alpha Phi have a lot to be proud of. The Alabama Alpha Phi's should not be ashamed of their recruitment video. A five-minute long video is certainly not enough time to judge these women, especially on their appearance and how much or how little clothing they wear.
Will you be the parent who has the "talk" with your child about hazing? Will you be the parent who tells your child that any form of hazing isn't okay, isn't "tradition," and isn't "just harmless fun?" Will you be the parent who prevents a tragedy from occurring to your kid... or someone else's... during those first few weeks of school?
In the two years since the University of Alabama formally integrated their sororities, the decision has been regarded as a step in the right direction. However, what does this new integration actually look like?
With the amount of pressures being placed on college students to succeed in today's culture, this app is extremely important in being able to provide students with a virtual buddy system to keep track of their emotional needs and location, when they perhaps wouldn't be able to do it themselves.
Night after night, we lose ourselves in sleep, ever optimistic that our dreams will bring comfort, inspiration and pleasure. That's not always the case, of course. Our fears can manifest in our slumbering minds and even attack our vulnerable souls.
I simply want to tell you the naked truth as I see it. The truth is always radical. After that, I can only hope you will summon the courage to step over the smoldering garbage heap we've left for you to clean up, to forgive us, and to get on with the job.
Immediately, I felt embarrassed. I felt degraded. I felt unwelcome. I felt stupid. I felt dirty. I felt unequal. I felt violated. I felt like a N*gger.
I was a closeted 18-year-old in the midst of pledging the biggest 'bro' fraternity on campus. Now what?