Saturday, February 24, 2007

Although Greencastle isn't Indianapolis....

This national story is bound to bleed over into the Circle City.

Delta Zeta Sorority at DePauw University has tossed out 2/3 of its membership.

Here's what it says in the New York Times:

"...Delta Zeta’s national officers interviewed 35 DePauw members in November, quizzing them about their dedication to recruitment. They judged 23 of the women insufficiently committed and later told them to vacate the sorority house.

"The 23 members included every woman who was overweight. They also included the only black, Korean and Vietnamese members. The dozen students allowed to stay were slender and popular with fraternity men — conventionally pretty women the sorority hoped could attract new recruits. Six of the 12 were so infuriated they quit."


Just when you think Central Indiana has become a tolerant, diverse place, this kind of idiot behavior erupts.

Granted, the idiots were from the sorority's headquarters in Ohio, but, still....

In the opinion of this Indianapolis Observer, every one of us should contact the Delta Zeta executive director, Cindy W. Menges, 513:523-7597, and register our genuine Hoosier dismay with the actions of the group she heads.


Other college newspapers are weighing in on the topic.

Here are some comments from Laura James, writing in the Indiana Statesman, the student publication at Indiana State University:

Sunday, the New York Times wrote an article about DePauw University sorority Delta Zeta. A smaller sorority on a roughly 70 percent Greek campus, Delta Zeta National Headquarters faced the question of how to get more ladies interested in Delta Zeta at DePauw.
Instead of doing what would seem logical (more promotion and better recruitment events), Nationals decided to kick out the ones that they felt were not the typical "sorority girl." After a semester of interventions by National representatives, 23 of the 35 girls were forced into alumni status.
These women were kicked out, according to Delta Zeta Nationals, because they were not "committed to recruitment," yet women kicked out included the President, Secretary, all the overweight members and all the non-Caucasian members, whereas the "traditional" sorority girls were invited to stay, though many of them had done nothing for their chapter.

Read what the student paper at DePauw has to say here.

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