This is the terror that fraternities live in the United States.
Believe it or not, one of the most popular traditions of American universities is about to say goodbye at Harvard. In 2017, the Harvard committee, charged with reviewing the university's policies, released a 22-page report recommending that from 2022 onwards, fraternities, sororities and other organizations be completely banned!
For many it may be the end of a tradition, but Harvard's extensive report relies on a series of anonymous surveys of students to find out what is going on inside fraternities. What they discovered after the interviews was heartbreaking.
Harvard College Fraternities
At Harvard, there are four: Alpha, which is the most exclusive (and to which characters like Alejandro Slim Domit belong). Kappa, who unlike the Alpha, all, or at least most, are scholarship holders. Delta, known for throwing the craziest parties on campus. And Epsilon, which is the most tolerant fraternity of all.
According to the report made by Harvard, the fact that the clubs refrain from changes has left them relegated from their own generation and far from their time, that is, they have maintained strict rules and traditions for years, among the most prevalent is machismo and racism.
The University Life of the Frats
There are about 123 fraternities, but only 8.5% of the students are members, as access to frats is coveted. It not only depends on the grades, the resume and levers (as we say in Mexico). Economic contributions or "donations" also play a role.
In addition, the fact of being secret clubs with high economic power and, therefore, interference within the university itself has made the fraternities accomplices of serious crimes. This includes rape, sexual violence, black parties, deaths from alcohol intoxication, etc.
Although the report does not directly mention the previous ones, their main pretext for disappearing the fraternities is under the term of political correctness. The committee believes that exclusive groups actually promote elitism, sexism and alcohol abuse.
Scandals and Cases of Violence
Needless to mention, the multiple scandals that have engulfed fraternities across the country with racism, sexual acts, or even murdering students in classic hazing.
Among the most notorious cases is that of an 18-year-old girl who was premeditatedly raped by six members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Virginia in 2014.
According to a statement by former President Barack Obama, one in five women is sexually assaulted in college, although only about 12% reports this to the police.
Another case was the dismantling, in 2015, of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity of North Carolina State University after the discovery of a book with racially offensive material, in the purity style of the movie "Heavy Girls."
Finally, the video of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity of Indiana University in which an orgy is shown, as part of a hazing.
Experts on the subject say that 8 out of 10 hazing have resulted in one death. These deaths are related to excessive alcohol consumption.
Goodbye To The Frats At Harvard
For this reason and many others, Harvard took action. The initiative to disappear college fraternities by 2018, which will be put to a vote next fall, joins the policies it has added lately. These include severe punishments for offensive language and that has even led the university to change its hymn.
It is not a progressive initiative, fraternities have been expelled from universities since 1962 with Williams University as a pioneer and Bowdoin in 1997 continued it.
The controversial issue of college fraternities at Harvard will be decided by President Drew Faust, after reviewing the committee vote. But an ancient organization, so powerful and influential, cannot be overthrown so easily. Well, some members are already beginning to engineer a counterattack to maintain a not so attractive tradition.
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