Thursday, March 15, 2007

So Much for Sisterhood

Okay, I'll admit I was a pretty fierce anti-Greek back in the day, oh about a million years ago, when I was a college coed.

But what do you see when you look at the college girls pictured above? I see a group of pretty girls with their whole lives ahead of them who should be focused on their futures.

What their sorority sisters at the Delta Zeta sorority at DePauw University in Indiana saw was: ick! fat! ugly! geeky! So they threw them out of the sorority after deeming these 23 members as "not committed" and claiming they wanted to improve the sorority's image for recruiting purposes. More than a little fishy since the sorority, which already had declining membership interest, had been characterized in a student survey as "socially awkward." Heaven forbid!

When they compared notes, the 23 ousted sorority members realized everyone who was overweight or of an ethnic background were ousted. All the cute skinny blondes that were popular with the frat boys were kept.

According to the New York Times, "The mass eviction battered the self-esteem of many of the former sorority members, and some withdrew from classes in depression. There have been student protests, outraged letters from alumni and parents, and a faculty petition calling the sorority’s action unethical."

The university president issued a letter of reprimand, and 12 of the sorority members deemed "worthy" quit in protest.

Finally, yesterday -- justice. DePauw kicked the sorority out, severing all ties. The national HQ of Delta Zeta, which has declined to comment on the matter, issued only a statement that "Delta Zeta national leadership is extremely disappointed that after 98 years, university officials have unilaterally closed the chapter."


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