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Letter to the Community: It’s time to end Greek life at Stanford

Now is the time to not just reflect on these organizations’ roots and problematic positions on campus, but also to actualize real change and not merely reforms. We can’t keep pretending that the system will magically or naturally fix itself. Nor can we pretend that a system built on the premise of elitist exclusion will ever be inclusive.

An open letter to my non-Black, class-privileged peers in Greek life

Thus, I urge you and your chapter to take a public stand in supporting Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc., Xi Beta Chapter, our Black sister sorority, in their Justice 4 Black Lives (J4BL) campaign for mutual legal aid funds, protestor bailout funds and nonprofits fighting for major police reform and Black community health. J4BL is an initiative that is Black-women founded and Black-women led — we are here to support as allies. As part of your chapter’s allyship with J4BL, each majority-white sorority or fraternity will be required to do a teach-in or other form of active, educational discussion on racial prejudice both in and out of Stanford’s communities.

My experience in Greek life: An open letter to the Stanford community

Almost three years after joining, I realize that staying in the sorority was also a mistake. By convincing myself that the system itself could be changed, I helped perpetuate a system that hurts people. I was a diversity token to display every year at the presentations to administrators on why my Greek organization should remain on campus. Meanwhile, new women entered the system under the false pretense that there were “diversity efforts” only to experience the same racism and classism, except maybe a little better concealed.

TDX and the End of Greek Life at Stanford

TDX never received an ultimatum. There was no final warning, specific crime or particular indication that it was all going wrong. Instead, they got an email: “We have decided to remove Theta Delta Chi from the facility at 675 Lomita Drive beginning academic year 2019-2020.” Theta Delta Chi’s demise, pending an appeal, is a sad…

Senate talks financial literacy program, public service and funding Greek life

In its 12th meeting, the 19th Undergraduate Senate discussed financial literacy, the Cardinal Commitment public service program and the Senate’s policy on funding Greek organizations. Senators also gave updates on campus-wide initiatives, such as the opening of the Abilities Hub on Thursday. Student body vice president Vicki Niu ‘18 said that the ASSU would be…

Greek life’s path to a full house

This year, I embarked on a big mission: to figure out how Greek life could become accessible to all, regardless of socioeconomic background. I had forgone rushing my freshman spring, after all, because I didn’t think I could afford to stay in. I quickly found that the financial barriers posed by the dues and fees…

Greek life tackles sexual assault

In 2011, students from a fraternity at the University of Vermont circulated an email with the subject line “who do you want to rape list?” In 2010, Delta Kappa Epsilon members at Yale paraded around campus chanting what The Yale Daily News would later deem “an active call for sexual violence.” Greek life has often found itself at the center of the sexual assault discussion nationwide. Although this issue is not isolated to Greek life, media and society often buy into a negative stigma of frequent sexual assault in the Greek community, often painting Greek life in a negative light. This year, many Greek institutions at Stanford and their members are pushing back against this stigma. Madeleine Lippey ’18, philanthropy chair for Kappa Kappa Gamma, started a campaign called No More to help bring awareness to the issue and spur tangible action.

Beyond rush: Promoting diversity in Greek life

If we want to make serious changes to the composition of our Greek organizations, it will require more than empty statements of encouragement and occasional critiques of the rush process. In order for minorities to want to be apart of Greek organizations, we must make them welcome, which may require a drastic alteration of Greek practices.

SIMILE program cancelled, Op-Ed on the cost of Greek life

Due to low student interest, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education will cease to sponsor the Science in the Making Integrated Learning Environment (SIMILE) program at the end of this year. In celebration of Autism Awareness Day, Autism Speaks U Stanford hosted a series of events throughout the day on Thursday to allow the student…

Saving face vs. saving money in Greek life

Low-income women, and even middle-class women, might be hanging by their fingers to the mainstream Greek community. I hope the mainstream Greek community has the courage to be honest with itself about the disconnect it has with Stanford’s ever more inclusive goals.

Crisis in Greek life

Something needs to be done to correct the harmful gender relations ongoing in Greek organizations. The very fact that Greek life, by definition, is based on a system of segregation of the sexes creates an us-them mentality that allows for sexual objectification, violence, and acceptance of set gendered roles. As a result, a dismantling or, at least, integration of the Greek system may be necessary to overcome the problems in gender relations.

Bessen wrong on dynamics within and value of Greek life

The fact that Stanford has both housed and unhoused fraternities and sororities contributes to the unique nature of Stanford Greek life. Because this choice exists, a wider variety of students, who are looking for varying experiences in Greek life, are interested in joining the Greek community. Therefore, there is value to housed fraternities and sororities at Stanford, just as there is value in unhoused groups. We are lucky that Stanford has both.

A call to end housed Greek life at Stanford

The social and cultural consequences of housed Greek life far outweigh the benefits of insular camaraderie amongst members. Etchemendy’s policy changes may attempt to reform the ideology and social environment of the Greek system, but that’s not enough. Only by breaking down the underlying structure – the housed status of fraternities and sororities – can we enact meaningful change and foster inclusivity in the larger Greek community.

The price of Greek life

As Stanford’s Greek organizations prepare for the annual spring recruitment season, Greek community leaders have sought to foster a more open conversation regarding the financial accessibility of Greek life.
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