Last week, Frankly Speaking, a crowd-sourced Opinions column, asked the Stanford community to weigh in on the question: Should we do away with Greek life at Stanford? Published below are three notable answers we received.
Welcome to the third edition of The Daily’s crowd-sourced column, Frankly Speaking, which has community members weigh in on pressing campus news and debates.
In the months leading up to my arrival at Stanford, I began asking questions about the nature of Greek life on campus, attempting to ascertain whether this should be a part of my Stanford experience.
On weekends here on East Campus, you will see a horde of frosh leave their dorms and begin the cold, hard journey to whatever fraternity is hosting an all-campus. I am often among them, wearing far too little in terms of clothing, muttering to myself, “It’s cold out, but I’m still dressing like a thotty ’cause a hoe never gets cold,” à la Cardi B.
Spring may bring new University social initiatives to campus, ranging from block parties and food trucks on The Row to the design of a Town Center in the White Plaza area, according to recent announcements from Student Affairs.
Monday’s announcement comes in the wake of criticism over the removal and subsequent reinstatement of Theta Delta Chi’s (TDX) campus housing earlier this month.
The former Sigma Chi fraternity house at 550 Lasuen Mall — currently a self-op — will be allocated to one or more University-recognized Greek organizations for the 2020-21 academic year.
Monied clusters of Greek organizations, geographically segregated ethnic houses, and nepotistic, thematically-lifeless Row houses plague Stanford’s housing system, bemoan University administrators. Stanford has consequently adopted the belief that a vast overhaul of campus housing is the cure-all for these ills: the University’s ResX Task Force — a branch of Residential Education (ResEd), has recently been discussing what they call “the ideal neighborhood concept.” Substantive details on this proposed housing restructure are scarce. Nonetheless, we believe it would be useful to infer what the consequences of such systematic changes might be.