Sunday, February 25, 2007

Another story that makes me glad I didn't rush

The national chapter of one sorority hid all the overweight girls during recruitment.

A few days after the interviews, national representatives took over the house to hold a recruiting event. They asked most members to stay upstairs in their rooms. To welcome freshmen downstairs, they assembled a team that included several of the women eventually asked to stay in the sorority, along with some slender women invited from the sorority’s chapter at Indiana University, Ms. Holloway said.

“They had these unassuming freshman girls downstairs with these plastic women from Indiana University, and 25 of my sisters hiding upstairs,” she said. “It was so fake, so completely dehumanized. I said, ‘This calls for a little joke.’ ”

Ms. Holloway put on a wig and some John Lennon rose-colored glasses, burst through the front door and skipped around singing, “Ooooh! Delta Zeta!” and other chants.

The face of one of the national representatives, she recalled, “was like I’d run over her puppy with my car.”

Good grief.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always held the belief that women continually sabotage other women. Let's face it, still it is a society where beauty, not brains, gets you the most. Sad but true. The sorority's behavior evidences it is even going strong in the very institution that, in word only apparently, is free of anthing resembling racism or discrimination. In the end, everyone looks the same when eating crow.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops. Dana

11:57 AM  
Blogger Mike in S.A. said...

I've long thought that fraternities and sororities are a waste of time. At the university where I did my undergraduate studies (a small, liberal arts school with a student population of 4,000), there was enormous pressure to join such groups.

Being a naturally introverted, loner type, it was easy to resist such pressures. Furthermore, I was rather put off by the fees required to join a fraternity - as if one were being asked to buy friends. Ridiculous.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...


See, this is why girls should just live in the dorms, instead. :p We had pizza parties, popcorn nights, and bulletin boards about the dangers of eating disorders! And the Residence Hall Association doesn't hesitate to nominate chubby girls for homecoming queen. They asked me in all my size 14 glory! (I turned it down, though. I had too much of the alterna-goth-punk girl left in me to accept.)

12:00 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Mike, I'm introverted too, but at the time, so I would not have done well in a sorority.

Elizabeth, I wish you'd been my RA!

9:16 PM  

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