The merging of administrative oversight toward student groups and Greek life, increased mental health services and the promise of continued campus social programming were among the announcements shared in Vice Provost for Student Affairs Susie Brubaker-Cole’s spring quarter update to the campus community on Tuesday.
The North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) is requiring its 6,100 fraternity chapters — including 10 of the 11 chapters on Stanford’s Inter-fraternity council — to ban hard alcohol from fraternity facilities and events by Sept. 1, 2019. The decision was made through a near-unanimous vote in the NIC’s annual meeting on Aug. 27.
Over the course of the quarter, Alpha Chi alumnae and active members from other schools have helped the new chapter navigate its inaugural year as it builds up a community.
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.
If Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Inter-Sorority Council are committed to making the ISC sororities more socioeconomically inclusive in general, minimizing recruitment costs is the best solution. I can tell you from experience that it will take more than one person to accomplish this, and will definitely require compassionate and unyielding allyship.