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Schools with "harsh" fraternity and/or sorority systems or those with disagreeable practices

ucbalumnusucbalumnus 76497 replies665 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 77,162 Senior Member
See replies #284, #285, and #286 of http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/discussion/comment/19610146/#Comment_19610146 for context of this question.
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  • deega123deega123 643 replies46 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 689 Member
    Sorority recruitment (rush) at large SEC schools is not for the faint of heart. If you go into it unprepared you are in for a shock. And even for the girls that are prepared it is still a physically and mentally grueling experience.
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  • dadof1dadof1 680 replies16 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 696 Member
    edited April 2016
    I suggest posters provide more detail surrounding their opinion rather than only a conclusion statement. You will convince more people of your stance.

    For example, why @deega123 do you hold this opinion of SEC sorority recruitment? Why are students "in for a shock" and recruitment "a physically and mentally grueling experience"?
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  • deega123deega123 643 replies46 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 689 Member
    @dadof1 My entire family is Greek. I have defended Greeks many times on this site and have also acknowledged the pitfalls of the system. I live in the South and know dozens of girls who have been through SEC recruitment. So, those are my "credentials" for being able to have an opinion in this thread.

    Do you have anything to add to the thread or are you just critiquing posts?
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  • dadof1dadof1 680 replies16 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 696 Member
    @deega123. I fully expect this thread to devolve into another CC food fight over Greek life. My comment was to try and avoid this by asking posters to provide reasons as well as conclusions. It's difficult to have a conversation when others don't know the underlying premise of one's stance.
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  • CAMidwestMomCAMidwestMom 872 replies8 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 880 Member
    My D went to a small state school and had a great experience. S is going to a large SEC school. How does the fraternity rush compare to what you all are saying about sorority rush? I am a bit concerned on reading all this. I signed him up for a three day formal rush process. I had to send a picture and his transcript, but I know nothing of recommendations, etc. He has a friend in one of the fraternities and is already leaning towards that house. I have seen good and bad in Greek life and have an open mind, but some of these posts really concern me.
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  • PizzagirlPizzagirl 40174 replies320 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 40,494 Senior Member
    Well dadof1 hopefully I'm providing you with reasons/rationale! Lol
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  • 1or2Musicians1or2Musicians 1368 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,368 Senior Member
    Side note: UT-Austin isn't in the SEC.

    As a total non-Greek person, I do think that delayed rush sounds like a good idea.
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  • dadof1dadof1 680 replies16 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 696 Member
    I have no stance on any particular college @pizzagirl.
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  • MarianMarian 13172 replies83 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 13,255 Senior Member
    Even if a Greek house's members are the friendliest, most open-minded and open-hearted people on campus, doesn't membership have to be exclusionary?

    At most schools, Greek houses are residential, and at least for the first year or so, new members are required to live in the chapter's house. If a chapter knows that there will be 20 free beds next year because 20 members are graduating or moving out of the house for other reasons, then it can only recruit 20 new members, right? If 23 people apply to join, 3 must be excluded.
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  • STEM2017STEM2017 4027 replies94 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 4,121 Senior Member
    I think deferred/delayed rush until sophomore year is something that should be mandated at all schools, for reasons stated above (#7). Can anyone explain why this would be a bad idea?
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