Thanks for Ruining It for Us All, SAE

March 10, 2015
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about what happened with the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma. Along with this comes folks all over sharing their opinion on the issue, and, of course, I have to put my two cents in as well.

Almost eight years ago, I participated in sorority recruitment and happily accepted a bid from a sorority that prided themselves on their diversity. While I was an active member of the chapter, I was so happy that we continued to have a diverse chapter, not only in ethnicity but also in skills, opinions, and values.

I just have one thing to say to the former SAE chapter at the University of Oklahoma.

Thanks a whole lot for making everything a hell of a lot harder for the rest of us.
Because of your idiotic chapter, I have to continue to defend Greek life to my friends and family. I’ve had at least two or three Facebook friends share articles about what happened with a caption to the tune of “Are you surprised?”

Here’s a message for those of you who aren’t familiar with the Greek community:

We aren’t all like those idiots. Ninety five percent of us are fighting against those stereotypes every single day.

I couldn’t be prouder of my sorority and our diversity. I love my organization and everything that we do for the local community and through national philanthropy.

I may have graduated three years ago, but even now, I’m working to ensure that these folks are NOT the ones that represent Greek life. I’m so happy for all of the memories I made during my four years as a sorority woman. Please don’t think that this is the norm in the Greek community.

The response by the university president couldn’t have been more perfect. This kind of behavior isn’t acceptable by anyone, much less students who are representing a national organization. I’m glad that he wasn’t afraid to call them out on their serious lack of judgement.

Instead, here’s a story about the Greek community at Kent State who raised $77,000 for the speech and hearing impaired. Why can’t these be the stories that go viral instead?

For more information on my Greek experience, check out these posts:
I AM a Delta Zeta
A Letter to Our Founders
What My Sorority Taught Me

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