Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Social Ruminations

Next door a fraternity is having some sort of beer pong event with a lot of scantily-clad women. It is loud, and it is at 1 am.

There are a few rules being broken or otherwise circumvented.

  1. If this were the product of an earlier exchange, then it is a common practice whereby frats get sorority women over to drink and engage in debauchery after getting to know the women in a more socially-and legally-acceptable manner.
  2. This is an unregistered event: amplified sound, alcohol, quite a number of people, and definitely at a late hour.
  3. It's not too much of a stretch to believe there are minors drinking at this event.
For the first point, I recognize the dangers that sorority women face in going to frat houses. However, I feel that many of the dangers are present during early in the morning and not the evenings or afternoons, during parties and whatever other events we shady frat guys concoct. This is not to discount the fact that fraternities can be a dangerous place regardless of time and event--however, any place can be dangerous at any given time, but that is a moot point.

Anyway, the behavior sororities should be "regulating" is what happens outside the IFC/Panhellenic-sanctioned realm of social exchanges. I realize, though, that I am not privy to the thought behind last year's Panhellenic's decision, so I invite anyone who has more information to comment and fill me in.

The Greek Social Code is a sham when fraternities regularly get away with parties such as the one described above. It is a sham when chapters that have members on IFC have unregistered parties. I believe that the legal drinking age should be 18, not 21, and as such have no problem with alcoholic events. However, it is hypocritical that we have these rules in place, break them, and then punish those that unfortunate or stupid enough to get caught.

The IFC's big thing right now is reforming the Social Code, as they informed the fraternity presidents. Let's see what they come up with.