University Drops Sorority Accused of Image Discrimination - Higher Education
Higher Education News and Jobs

University Drops Sorority Accused of Image Discrimination

Email


by Associated Press


GREENCASTLE, Ind. — DePauw University announced Monday it has severed ties with the Delta Zeta sorority, where a mass eviction of members left people questioning whether looks and appearance were valued more than academics and other contributions.

“We at DePauw believe that the values of our university and those of Delta Zeta sorority are incompatible,” university President Robert G. Bottoms wrote in a letter delivered today to the sorority’s national president, Deborah A. Raziano.

A call to the executive director of the national Delta Zeta organization was not immediately returned today.

The sorority’s members have long had a reputation as being brainy rather than party girls. The chapter started the school year with just 35 women, leaving the house two-thirds empty on a campus where 70 percent of students join the Greek system.

Efforts to improve those numbers — and, some contend, the sorority’s image — prompted Delta Zeta’s national leadership to conduct a review to determine members’ commitment to recruiting. As a result, it moved 23 members to alumnae status in December, evicting them from the sorority house. Six others left on their own.

Rachel Pappas, a junior who left in protest, said the 23 women were discriminated against. “You wonder what it could be other than the image issue,” she said.

–Associated Press



© Copyright 2005 by DiverseEducation.com

RELATED ARTICLES >>
University of Wisconsin Survey: Fewer Underrepresented Students Feel Welcome MADISON, Wis — Minority, disabled and gay students say they’re having a tougher time surviving on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus than most students, according to a survey the university released Wednesday. The survey found about 80 per...
Black Students Voice Concerns After Kansas State Racist Incidents MANHATTAN, Kan. — Black students at Kansas State University voiced concerns about recent racist incidents at a meeting with top school officials on Wednesday night after a car was found near campus earlier in the day scrawled with racial slurs and th...
Garnett Stokes Becomes University of New Mexico’s 1st Female President ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico Board of Regents made history Thursday as it named Dr. Garnett Stokes the first woman president to lead the state’s flagship school. Stokes, the provost and executive vice chancellor for academic af...
Charges Filed vs. Penn State Frat Over Unconscious Student STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Police have filed alcohol-related charges against a suspended Penn State fraternity after a student suspected of drinking there was found unconscious and hospitalized. The Centre Daily Times reports two misdemeanor counts of s...
Semantic Tags:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *