It sends a message to the freshmen hoping to be a part of such an organization that women are nothing more than their physique. As we know both from history and present times, it is one small leap from dehumanization to violence. That this flyer essentially depicts a woman’s butt as a prize for successful pledges only proves this point.
One of the greatest aspects of joining a fraternity or sorority is the sense of camaraderie between people who accept and trust each other.
By joining a sorority, I’ve found women who support me in my feminism, not who diminish it.
We should continue to make fraternities and sororities safer for queer and trans people, but ultimately, these places are built around a binary that alienates an entire segment of the Penn population.
I’ve learned what kind of friendships I need and how it feels to find a group of girls that will share even your lowest moments — and sometimes even laugh at your worst jokes.
Issues associated with frats and sororities run deeper than letters on a jacket.
We are pleased that so many of Penn’s Greek chapters are known for cultivating open-minded, supportive environments where diversity is welcomed and celebrated.
One requirement that significantly bothered us was that all sisters straighten their hair. This not only reinforces ethnocentric beauty standards, but also promotes conformity by mandating that all sisters wear the same hairstyle. In general, we were disappointed that we were told to promote the sorority with our appearances more than with our individuality.
Alpha Delta Pi, the newest sorority to arrive on campus, will take women from all classes and offer older students a chance to get involved in Greek life.
The research focuses on two angles: the factors that affect a student’s decision to participate in recruitment, and its effects on the student’s perceived social support.
The Daily Pennsylvanian sat down with Peixin Mo this weekend to learn more about her plans for the council in her upcoming term.
Students and administrators alike need to re-evaluate how we approach, respond to and inform ourselves about sexual assault at Penn.
Two new events were introduced during the week — a speaker series and a dodgeball fundraising tournament.
In Houston last night, about 200 students involved in greek life attended the Speaker Series Event which kicked off this semester’s Greek Week.
New fraternity Phi Sigma Kappa met with sorority women to hear their opinions on the ‘perfect’ fraternity man.
By mid-November, the fraternity will be officially colonized and recognized by the national organization.
During the first weeks back on campus, there were about 100 online requests being made daily, partly due to a website glitch.
Women from all years will be recruited by the world’s first secret society.
Recruitment begins as soon as next week.
Evan Robinson, a senior in the College, has been running a photo business since junior year of high school.
Step dancing or “stepping” is a historical tradition of black fraternities and sororities, dating back to the mid-1900s. It is often performed along with songs and chants as a way to celebrate the “crossing over” into membership of these organizations. Stepping has also been incorporated into other Greek organizations such as Lambda Sigma Upsilon — a Latino fraternity.
Many chapters of the Multicultural Greek Council are helping local high school students on their way to college, expecting nothing in return.
Tyga won’t be the only one promoting sexism on Friday. While there has been much furor over Tyga’s lyrics, certain groups at Penn will be propagating a more ubiquitous and insidious form of sexism over Fling: our fraternities.
Tuesday marks the beginning of one of the few times when members of every Greek organization can come together to celebrate their common values.
The Panhellenic Council is no longer considered a nonprofit organization by the Internal Revenue Service.
After a first attempt, a spinoff venture and a brief debacle with Facebook, the social networking site Greekdex is once again live across Penn’s campus.
Each spring, freshmen and sophomores who join fraternities and sororities are faced with the question of whether or not they are going to live in their chapter houses for the next school year.
By the end of the semester, the fraternity Alpha Sigma Phi will be one step closer to re-establishing its presence within Penn’s Greek community.
The Interfraternity Council, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiatives collaborated to reorganize the implementation of sanctions for unregistered parties.
After reading a column by Lauren Agresti that appeared in an edition of The Daily Pennsylvanian last week about why she chose to deactivate, I agreed with her that Greek life is not right for everybody, but for me it was right.
After 35 years, Alpha Sigma Phi is back.
Students who participate in Penn Greek life speak of the strong bonds they acquire through their sororities and fraternities – bonds that extend to their careers. Some of the benefits include OCR advice and alumni networking.
Graduate students have the option of five graduate fraternities across the Perelman School of Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine and the School of Veterinary Medicine. However, the majority of Penn’s 12 graduate schools do not have specific fraternities.
In my personal version of Dante’s inferno, I imagine that this is the circle of hell that comes right after the dentist’s chair during a filling and just before the rat-infested alley behind Copa.
The problem with Penn’s social life, however, isn’t necessarily the Greek system. The problem is that no well-known, accessible alternative exists.
RushTap allows rushes to create profiles for themselves and keep track of rush events.Starting out with only six fraternities at Penn last year, nearly 100 fraternities now, both nationally and in Canada use the website.
With three fewer fraternities on campus this year, the number of bids offered to potential ‘frat’ members saw a slight decrease. Despite the minor setback, director of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life Scott Reikofski encouraged students to ‘embrace the strong Greek tradition at Penn.’
Penn’s chapters of Sigma Phi Epsilon and Alpha Psi recently lost their tax exempt status as nonprofit institutions. According to the Internal Revenue Service website, Alpha Psi’s tax-exempt status was revoked on May 15, 2010 and SigEp’s was revoked on Nov. 15, 2010.
Food is an integral part of the open rush process for both genders. This past week, fraternities and sororities each served up a different plat du jour, subliminally reinforcing their specific dose of gender stereotyping in such choices.
Now as a sophomore in a sorority, I feel that I would be able to rush much more painlessly if I were to go through the process again. Here are some things I learned that I hope you can benefit from.
College junior and Zeta Tau Alpha sister Jessica Stokes, the newly elected president of the Panhellenic Council, sat down with The Daily Pennsylvanian to discuss her plans for the upcoming year.
My living experience has proven itself valuable in more ways than I had expected.
Living in a chapter house is by far one of the most important steps a newly initiated brother can take in embracing his new family.