I'm just curious if any of the members on this site are brothers/or sisters of the Greek system of Fraternities or Sororities, members of the
Interfraternity Conference (IFC), various PanHellenic based councils (Pan-Hell), Multicultural Greek Council, Black lettered Greek organizations,
etc. I'm sorry if I missed some council or organization but I think this may encompass all the various Greek organizations.
I'm also looking for people who are involved in academic related fraternities like Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Kappa Psi (only "non-social" though they
do engage in social functions - I currently know).
There has been A LOT of media coverage in my state about issues at PSU regarding many deaths and even more hospitalizations not to mention various
claims of misconduct within the houses during parties or private or social functions. Many of these issues are related to pledging and I an wondering
if these new problems are more a reflection of the pledges or if it is that the process has progressively gotten worse, having lack of over-sight and
responsibility, etc. I had 9 semesters of taking care of various issues related to this and have some stories that would terrify some of the
bravest members but my tenure was at the end of the Clinton Presidency and the beginning of Bush Jr, so it was a little while ago.
So, if you are a active brother/sister or an alumni, I'm interested in hearing from you to get an idea of how many people we have on this board with
this experience. Please list when (or there about) you were a student, pledge length (weeks, months, amount of time spent daily, etc).
I'm wondering when we are going to see transgender people trying to get into these organizations (so a genetically born male, transitions to female -
can he/she join a sorority??) This could be a MAJOR issue that MANY people within these organizations would have ZERO tolerance for and I suspect
there would be violence should someone try to impose their desire to join.
Another issue is race. A fraternity founded in the heart of the confederacy, that has 5 black members over 140 years, getting called racist because
they won't let a black person join (not to mention that they didn't give bids to over 65% of the white members that rushed the fraternity) - but a
lawsuit of discrimination could be brought and make the fraternity look bad but it's simply b/c the black person rushing was not a fit for the
fraternity (in SOOO many ways - color was the least of it). So, from looking at this, similar cases could be made where people were more closely
aligned with the fraternity/sorority values and other bonding issues. I'm looking for insight into this issue as well.
Finally I'm VERY concerned about Rush and pledging. Pledges have absolutely NO power in their position and if there are some sadistic
brothers/sisters (there are MANY more than you can imagine) they are at their mercy and they can make you do whatever they want (for the most part -
they can't make you kill someone or rob a bank) and if you refuse then you are in for a world of hurt and possibly being blackballed (and the rest of
the pledge class gets punished as well). Being forced to drink a 1/5 of 80 proof vodka (750ml) in 20-30 mins after 3 weeks of non drinking, very
little eating, total sleep deprivation, can lead to MAJOR health issues and it seems that this is what many people have to do on their bid nights,
exchanges, big brother/sister nights and when they get in (among other special days during pledging). I'm concerned that today's brothers/sisters
don't understand that these pledges need to be baby-sat NON-STOP during this period until they wake up in the morning and have breakfast (maybe be
prudent watch them until Lunch)
Procedures need to be established for these organizations to follow when they fear a pledge, party guest, brother/sister, etc is having an adverse
reaction. Placing them on an old couch in the basement with a blanket and checking on them 8 hours later, isn't a proper plan of action.
All I can say is that I am glad I had a large pledge class and we were really tight and would look out for each other and say "F U - Brothers" if one
of us was in crisis, so we had each others backs and we could manage to oversee those who were having a bad night (usually b/c we were forced to drink
in a "race" by brothers and their "dates" - followed by a hellish morning where they made us do heavy labor while having MASSIVE headaches, still
drunk, nauseated, etc - it was planned sadistic behavior to prove their power to their girlfriends - most of which us pledges later got with behind
the brothers back in repayment
I'm ESPECIALLY interested in those who are still in college or graduated in the last 2 years.
I'm really looking forward to hearing from any of your responses!
PS - if you are in some other college organization that is similar to how the Greek system operates, I'm open to hearing about those as well but I
want to stick to COLLEGE/University organizations - I have my reasons. I'm going to be getting to another thread about this type of thing happening
in the military, police, state and federal agencies, etc as well as - So PLEASE stick to the stated topic - Much thanks!
edit on 10 24 2017 by
DigginFoTroof because: only posted topic first time somehow...
The reason for asking if you are a "Greek" is so I can get an idea of whether it is worth talking about some things related to this topic (Greek
system related) or not within this form. If there are only 5 members then there may be other forums that this discussion may be more successful. I
mean no offense to anyone here for asking this, it's just that if you haven't been through the process you really have no idea what goes on.
I would have posted a poll but I've never seen those on this site.
edit on 10 24 2017 by DigginFoTroof because: Posted reason for asking who was "Greek" and the "polling" issue