Our pledge to Tufts
Published: Monday, April 30, 2012
Updated: Monday, April 30, 2012 10:04
Gendered double standards are not the only problem we are committed to overcoming. Recent news proves that hazing is still a
problem nationwide; as a community we are not naive to that, but under the direction of Su McGlone, our new Greek director, tremendous progress has been made to promote non-hazing practices and mitigate high-risk behavior overall. Katherine Marchand, a freshman, said she is “a proud sister of Chi Omega … During my pledging process, I was never forced to do anything I didn’t want to do. I never felt degraded, worthless, or part of a single identity. However, Lauren Border’s article made me feel these things.To be placed under the stereotype of an ‘incredibly stupid girl who is always ready to service frat guys’ was upsetting and degrading.”
As for this op-ed’s co-authors, in our four years of dedication to our campus and chapters, we’ve come to expect our peers to hold us and our fellow Greeks to high standards, and also to celebrate our diversity and achievements. Another member of our graduating class, Bryn Kass of Chi Omega, does the latter eloquently: “We are not carbon copies, not statues, not Barbie dolls. We are humans, athletes, singers, dancers, comedians, presidents, artists, advocates, travelers, stylists. We are liberals and conservatives, introverts and extroverts, engineers and English majors. Everyone has their place and their role, and every time another sister graduates, there is a small hole that will never be filled, but bittersweetly remembered and loved.”
Our love for our Greek families does not end at graduation. To us, Greek life is in many ways the foundation of who we’ve become as students. It’s what will keep us connected to Tufts as alumni. As Chris Blackett says, “Fraternities and sororities aren’t for everyone. Nobody said they were. But for the brothers and sisters who have discovered the benefits of Greek life, they are indispensable.”
Emily Friedman is a senior majoring in Spanish. Rho Gamma for the Panhellenic Council, she is a sister of Chi Omega. Alex Stein is a senior majoring in English. A former president of the Interfraternity Council, he works for the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and is a brother of Delta Tau Delta.