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May 11, 2010 halie


Seven Students Pledging a Fraternity are Burned

Hazing is a very prominent issue in college fraternities. This article says that at a small college in New Hampshire seven students were burned during hazing. The students were Branded during this ritual and the branding was down with a long object right above the chest of the boys who wanted to become part of the fraternity. In New Hampshire Hazing is not legal and people involved could face misdemeanor charges if the hazing is not reported. As a result of this, fraternity activities were suspended on campus.

Zezima, Katie. “7 Students Pledging a Fraternity Are burned.” The New York Times. N.p., 21/11/2008. Web. 10 May 2010. <>.

My sorority Pledge? I swore off Sisterhood

In this article a women in her forties describes her life a a sorority girl in college. She does not talk about very fondly, she says that while in the sorority she did not act the way that she wanted to act but more the way that she was expected to act according to her sorority sisters. She goes on to say how she hurt a friend of hers to try to fit in and that all the sorority was about was treating people badly, drinking alcohol and having sex. Twenty years later shes out with her children and she runs into a women who was in her sorority with her, and ultimately hurt her so much that she sore off sisterhood, she says that the rituals of the greek system stole her innocence and triggered demons of shame which still haunt her

Valen, Kelly. “My Sorority Pledge? I Swore Off Sisterhood.” The New York Times. N.p., 02/12/2007. Web. 10 May 2010. <>.

Brotherly Bonds Fail to Sway Appeals Court

This article is about a group of boys trying to become a Fraternity at the College of Staten Island part of the CUNY system. The college refused to allow this on campus because off of the member were male. The member were not happy with the response from the college and they took their case to the Federal District Court in brooklyn  first and the judge said that fraternities were a weak form of social association and they are subject to the nondiscriminatory policies at the college. the appealed the decision of the first judge and they said that the fraternity continues to exist unofficially and they are not recognized as a part of the greek system. However they view themselves as a true fraternity and they claim that women are allowed at events the fraternity hosts even though women cannot be members. The president of the fraternity says that “all the male nature of the fraternity was essential in helping to meet the social emotional and cultural needs of its members.”

feuer, alan. “Brotherly Bonds Fail to Sway Appeals Court.” The New York Times. N.p., 04/09/2007. Web. 10 May 2010. <>.
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