Panhellenic has included a Vice President of Diversity position on its executive board in response to requests from the sorority members for spaces and dialogues that deal with issues of diversity and inclusion.
Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price officially charged the Task Force on a Safe and Responsible Campus Community.
“Penn does self-identify as a Greek school, so as a result, I do think fraternities are imbued with a little more of a protective layer,” College sophomore and member of Chi Omega Alex Johnson said.
Recruitment chair of Chi Omega and Nursing junior Jordan Lilley said she felt it was unfair that one of the reasons given to the sorority chapters for the rescheduling of their recruitment process was that sorority rush events conflicted with fraternity rush events.
“Where I come from there’s nothing like rush. There’s nothing like Greek life or sororities and fraternities. It was new to some extent, I didn’t get what the point of it was,” Engineering freshman Zena Kipkenda said. “When it comes to public colleges, joining clubs in Kenya is up to an individual.”
The Wharton Undergraduate Division’s director of student life Lee Kramer announced that the fraternity will not be permitted to recruit this spring in an email to Wharton freshman and sophomore classes last Friday. The reason behind the recruitment ban was not disclosed in the email.
Despite the widespread student and administrative backlash to the suggestive OZ email outed last semester, the outgoing IFC president said Fraternity recruitment numbers have doubled.
Hunt’s study on sorority rush at Penn found that although the women who rush and ultimately join a sorority enjoy a boost in their senses of belonging and self-esteem, those who are unsuccessful experience negative effects.
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