University Of Minnesota Hazes New Chapters, Makes Them Live In Dorms

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Believe it or not, the University of Minnesota actually is supportive of fraternity and sorority life on campus. I know. It’s unbelievable, but it’s actually true.

The school even has a Greek Community Strategic Task Force. That’s right. A university has a task force dedicated to expanding Greek life, not bringing it down. According to a report from the task force, the University would like to add 1,000 Greek members of the student body by 2018. There are a variety of steps the school is taking to reach their goal, one of which is hazing new chapters.

I know that sounds ridiculous, but it’s true. Well, not exactly true, but they’re hazing them as much as a university administration can. Two new chapters on campus, Chi Omega sorority and Theta Chi fraternity, will have “dedicated housing and meeting spaces” for the upcoming semester. The school isn’t giving these two new organizations grandiose chapter houses on prime real estate. Instead, they’re giving them dorms. This, of course, is part of the university’s plan to grow Greek Life.

“A part of that growth strategy was to have incubator space for new chapters,” said Director of Housing and Residential Life Laurie McLaughlin.

Incubator space. Right. I get it, University of Minnesota. We never called it hazing either. I’ve always been a fan of using terms like “motivation” or “attitude adjustment.”

Obviously, the school’s real intent is to allow chapters to grow in size before they move into their own houses. Personally, I like my description of it better, but hey, to each his own.

[via Minnesota Daily]


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  1. 17

    This is new freshmen housing in which 1/3 of the space is designated for Greek freshmen, not just for these 2 houses. Established fraternities have space in this dorm too that is separated from the GDI’s(I’m not kidding) so they can use this space if their house is already at capacity.

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    As a UMN Greek, who also looked into those facilities for the past 4 years, the U is getting quite the boatload of cash in return for those meeting spaces. The jury is still out on them “helping” us.

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      Considering my university takes away letter houses for the slightest offenses, I think any school that doesn’t actively try to destroy greek life should be considered supportive. I think there are 4 fraternities with letter houses left (out of about 16) and 1 of those is on campus and another is made up of a bunch of goobers.

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