The past two weeks have been a culmination of the past couple years as a dark time for Greek life at the University of Rochester, and therefore the overall quality of student life. By now, most people have heard that the brothers of Alpha Delta Phi and Sigma Alpha Mu have lost their houses, at least for the upcoming academic year. Although this may seem shocking to unaffiliated students, it is downright infuriating to many in the Greek community. Both sororities and fraternities on this campus have had to deal with a great deal of scrutiny, and frankly, are forced to constantly defend ourselves. Many of us are angry, but few will voice their raw opinions to the administration for fear that the situation will only worsen. Well, frankly, I refuse to sit by and watch as the foundation of a community of which I am proud to be a part crumbles beneath me.One of my closest friends and fellow Greek recently told me that the only way to change the system was to work within it. I used to believe that philosophy, and since my freshman year have taken leadership positions to attempt to evoke change. Unfortunately, I have since realized that we were both wrong.I had the opportunity this past Fall to assist in the creation of a presentation that was to be brought in front of the Greek Review Board. We were told that the administration, despite belief to the contrary, was not actively trying to make the university a dry campus or dismantle the Greek system. Working with some of the, then, optimistic leaders of the Greek community, we put together a coherent and convincing argument outlining the positive aspects of Greek life on campus and mentioning concerns that we had about our future. It received a positive response, and left us all feeling that being asked to spend endless hours preparing such a presentation – during finals, I might add – was time well spent. Due to recent actions taken against the Greek community, I am sorry to say that the intentions of my fellow presenters and I were futile. How can one work within a university system that time and time again proves that it has little to no faith in us? I realize now that the system can only be changed from the outside. However, I’m not just speaking for myself, when I say that the constant denial of privileges for the Greeks is frustrating, and a main source of apathetic feeling. Why should we bother defending ourselves or helping our fellow students with their activities and projects, co-sponsoring social events and lending our time, money and living spaces, if we won’t receive the same recognition for our effort than non-Greek students. Honestly, we don’t do the philanthropies to get our name in the newspaper, but it would be nice to know that our hard work is not for naught – that we have left some positive impression on the minds of the administration and the rest of the campus. Why should our organizations work hard to prepare housing applications simply to be overlooked for a newbie group with unclear intentions and questionable membership guidelines? Fraternities who have histories of stellar programming and no serious sanctions against them have been rejected admittance into Fraternity Quad housing, but a club that may or may not have potential gets a house? The very thought is mind boggling.I’m not going to sit on my soapbox and pretend that specific actions made by members of the Greek community should not be punished. Frankly, some of the events that prompted an administrative response houses were disappointing and just plain tactless. I implore Greeks to live up to the standards that are set forth by our charters. Furthermore, we must stick together. By committing crimes against our own community, we are equally responsible for its depletion. If we each respect each other’s spaces, rituals and programs, we will all benefit. Perhaps if we all work together in action rather than simply uttering empty words of unity, things really can change.The saddest aspect of the current situation is that the only way we can truly fight the university is to threaten them. One might say, “But you’re just penniless college students? What do you have that the university doesn’t?” And we can answer proudly, “Alumni” – those same alumni that get treated to a misconception of current university life every October during Meliora Weekend. I’m sure many students have wondered why the grass is a little bit shorter and greener during that weekend, why the food made available is certainly not from the same eateries at which we are forced to eat during the rest of the year and why suddenly Security is nowhere to be found on the Frat Quad at night. Heaven forbid our former counterparts see how life really is on campus – that the Frat Quad, despite scarce rejuvenations, has become a virtual ghost town. As the tents come down, and the complimentary food tables clear, all that is left is the students. It goes without saying that without the help of alumni donations, the majority of the student body wouldn’t be able to afford the ridiculous tuition at this school, and I would hate for those funds to dry up. However, I urge the alumni, especially those that are Greek, to ask more of their alma mater. I doubt that most alumni are aware of the current discontent among the students. Perhaps this ignorance is due to the huge age gap.Let’s face it – those of us who have siblings who attended the UR know that they are not the ones giving money back to the school – they have no money. Those that give to the school are those whose names are on the buildings. Are these the brothers and sisters coming to visit on random weekends? No. These alumni have no idea what life is really like on campus. Therefore, I urge all fraternities and sororities to get their alumni more involved in the activities of their organizations. Furthermore, all Greek alumni should pause when they get solicitous phone calls or letters, and inquire about the houses they may have helped build for their contemporaries. I think they’d like to know that they don’t exist anymore.I’m not nave. I know that the voicing of my disdain comes with the risk of gaining a few enemies and being disregarded as an overdramatic sorority girl, but I can’t stress enough students how saddening all such news has been to me. Since I am currently not on campus, I must resort to hearing all of this news thirdhand from my sisters. My first thought has always been to take action, and hopefully, this has awakened students, administration, and especially Greeks to issues that need to be addressed. My hope is that the UR community wakes up and stops following a dimmed light.Reyhani can be reached at mreyhani@campustimes.org.



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