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(Gawker)   Dartmouth fraternity bypasses double secret probation, goes straight to suspension   ( divider line
    More: Fail, Double Secret Probation, Dartmouth, Dartmouth College  
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8542 clicks; posted to Main » on 14 Oct 2013 at 1:16 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-10-14 08:14:09 PM  
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I have never understood why colleges and universities recognize fraternities as official student organizations in the first place.

They should simply say they don't recognize any single-sex organizations and be done with it.  If they choose to exist without recognition then that is up to them.  Instead, they give them official student organization status, then feel compelled to establish a bunch of rules that don't apply to other student organizations, and then attempt to control them by threatening to take their official student organization status.  They get stuck playing the role of parents to a bunch of young adults.

On the other side of the coin, fraternities are composed of a bunch of young men attending college.  Most fraternities own an off campus house.  At most campuses fraternities don't receive any student funding, they don't use on-campus facilities, the fraternity members could still participate in intramural sports calling their team anything they like just non-fraternity teams, and at least at state funded schools the administration cannot prohibit the fraternities from hanging any flyers promoting their fraternity group.

A fraternity really gains very little by being an officially recognized student organization. Certainly, not enough to have to deal with all the B.S.  Unless the fraternity leased land from the university upon which they constructed a house and had a requirement that they had to be an official student organization, then there is really no reason for it.

 /In a fraternity while in college.  The feminist assistant dean of students attempted to blackmail the fraternity council into passing rules prohibiting strippers at off campus fraternity houses, as a university rule would have affected speech rights.  She said that she was going to see how each fraternity voted and complain to their national organizations if they voted against the stripper prohibition.  I moved for a secret ballot which was seconded and the rule was defeated.  She hated me from that day until I graduated.
2013-10-14 05:56:44 PM  
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I, state your name,  do hereby pledge allegiance to the frat,with liberty and fraternity for all. Amen.
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