So yes, I’m glad I rushed and I do love being in Greek life, but to be perfectly honest, all of these things I’ve come to love about it can be found in a lot of places. There are a million communities on campus, and everyone has a niche. I also happened to get very lucky in my rush experience, and I know that it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows and new perspectives.
In April 1944, then-Stanford president Donald Tressider announced the decision to abolish sororities on Stanford’s campus. The Daily’s article from April 27, 1944 is reprinted below.
In an effort to address discrimination against students from marginalized backgrounds within Stanford’s Panhellenic sororities, the Greek Life Diversity Coalition emerged earlier this year with the intent of promoting diversity within those organizations.
Transitioning from a Greek house to a co-op, I’ve been struck by the difference in how these two communities influence their members’ perception of gender roles. The most meaningful distinctions are the ones you can’t see.
During the summer, Sigma Chi—the only fraternity on campus that both owns and operates its own house—turns into Summer Chi, an inclusive house in which the fraternity brothers rent out rooms to students both involved and uninvolved in Greek life.
But if there’s one Greek system that I feel does a pretty good job, it’s the one here at Stanford.
Given the harsh sting of rejection so many girls feel, I don’t understand why the sororities insist on using a public forum like Facebook when they know that girls that they turned down will see those posts.
The University recently changed the policy on co-ops, making it so that those who preselect into a co-op only use their tier-three draw status. This does not at all reflect the quality of housing that those people enjoy, nor does it accurately reflect the demand for these spots that is present in the community.