I think I read somewhere that the school administration itself is not very fond of greek life on-campus, and is possibly? As fraternity and sorority membership declines dramatically at Vanderbilt, some question what the future of college social life may look like. trying to remove its influence. Just days after the video drew attention, racist posts that claimed that "Black people are a stain upon our democracy" and that they are "animals who vote for whoever gives them the most welfare" appeared on Vanderbilt's page of GreekRank, a blog for members of sororities and fraternities. But the incidents spurred members of fraternities and sororities to begin leaving Greek life en masse, students said. "When we brought up the fact that one of the houses didn't have enough lights, one member of the frat made a joke that we shouldn't get new ones because that was the point," Wrocherinsky said. Efforts to abolish Greek life are not new. "I asked myself, 'Do my values align with these women I'm in a sorority with?' "No student should be made to feel unwelcome or unsafe on our campus — this extends to bullying or harassment for participation in an approved student organization or for students' choice to abstain from participation," Bandas wrote. Bandas condemned the "use of this language" and said the university is investigating. Accessibility information. Many students shared their reasons for leaving their organizations on their Instagram accounts or on @abolishvandyifcandpanhellenic, an account an anonymous group of former Vanderbilt sorority members started at the end of June. 1,590 Followers, 227 Following, 404 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Vanderbilt Greek Life (@vugreek) Greek life has a long history of being racist and exclusive. Delta Kappa Epsilon did not respond to a request for comment. September 24, 2020. As of the 2018-2019 academic year, 27% of men were members of fraternities and 43% of women were members of sororities, or 35% of total undergraduates were actively involved in the Greek system which was the lowest percentage in 20 years. The student-driven effort spread to other schools, as well. NBC News has not independently confirmed the numbers of students who have left Greek life at Vanderbilt. Delta Tau Delta, a fraternity on campus, voted to disband after many of its members dropped out in recent weeks. Greek Life at Vanderbilt is more than just a social community. ", Thompson agreed. The group has no formal leader, Pinto said. All rights reserved. Phi Beta Kappa, the first U.S. Greek-letter fraternity was founded at William & Mary University in 1776. But don’t let that stop you from chatting up your other classmates. By: curiousgeorge Last Post: 8 hours ago. 5. Jan. 26, 2011— Outside of admission-related questions, the two most frequent questions I receive are 1) how Southern is Vanderbilt? In past posts I addressed the Southern question (answer: as Southern as you want it to be). "People started to ask themselves — if I don't leave my Greek organization, am I a bad person?" The post detailing her story got over 1,000 likes. "It is seen as morally unacceptable to contribute to the culture these organizations have created. Thompson said. Ten to 15 of the original 120 women remain in Thompson's former sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, she said. “We respect the right of students to join or disaffiliate with any registered student organization,” the Vanderbilt spokesperson said. At Vanderbilt, one of the most contentious and exclusionary activities is Greek life. IE 11 is not supported. Greek life. Whoever wrote the comment about Vanderbilt University superseding Greek Life in the qualities I referenced, clever, but I can think of at least two fraternities off the top of my head that have been on this campus (what was University of Nashville) well before Vanderbilt was endowed. "It is impossible for us to ignore the fact that empathy and kindness are incompatible with the racism, misogyny, sexual assault, classism, homophobia, violence and transphobia that have been woven into the fabric of our former Greek chapter and community over the years," former members of Delta Tau Delta wrote in a guest editorial in the student newspaper, the Vanderbilt Hustler. The posts were written anonymously, and GreekRank has not responded to NBC’s request for comment. "I didn't want to be part of an organization in which people didn't seem to care when I was hurting.". "There are people who want to keep the organizations going, but I would say they are more embarrassed about their involvement now, and nearly everyone is listening to those who have been harmed by these organizations.". ‏‏‎2.6K‎‏ לייקים‏. “Nearly 200 is the official number who have left their organizations, but the true number is much higher,” Emma Pinto, a rising senior at Vanderbilt who left her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, said. Chancellor Alexander Heard Greek Awards; Greek Inclusivity Alliance; Resources. There have been movements to dismantle the pay-to-play organizations at many campuses, but the efforts typically have been led by outsiders, Pinto said. As sororities and fraternities grew more popular and gained traction in the 1800s, they were then organized and further separated by sex, religion, and race. Benson Science Hall on the campus of the Vanderbilt Commodores in Nashville, Tennessee circa 2012. "Other people had social lives at Vanderbilt," she said. "People within these organizations have decided they no longer want to be involved.". Kappa Kappa Gamma did not respond to a request for comment. The movement to abolish Greek life at Vanderbilt has gained traction on campus. Currently, five Greek organizations are suspended at Vanderbilt for student misconduct,” a spokesperson from Vanderbilt told NBC News. It has gained more than 2,000 followers and includes stories from more than 50 Vanderbilt students explaining why they left Greek life. Bandas wrote in an email that the university is aware of "the continuing conversations related to the Abolish IFC and Panhellenic movement," but he made it clear that the university will not choose a side. Vanderbilt®, Vanderbilt University®, V Oak Leaf Design®, Star V Design® and Anchor Down® are trademarks of The Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt alum and faculty member named to 2021 ‘Forbes’ 30 under 30, Team works around the clock to bolster Vanderbilt safety during COVID-19 pandemic, Learning by doing: How large firms transfer knowledge, More than 1,300 turkeys and tofurkeys gifted to faculty, staff, postdocs, Chancellor Diermeier gives update on COVID-19 vaccination efforts, Title IX and Student Discrimination Office, Site Development: Digital Strategies (Division of Communications). RIP Vandy Greek Life. I get that it’s mostly white people, but I think that’s a bit condescending or disregarding of non white people in Greek Life that enjoy it. "It has become anti-clout to be a part of these organizations at Vandy," Pinto said. The other female Vanderbilt student from the video’s attorney gave the following statement. 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