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I had just gotten into a fraternity when the Campus Climate Report had come out and I honestly saw it as an attack on Greek Life.  A year and half later, now that I have seen how the Greek system functions, I am far more inclined to shrug the report off.

This may seem somewhat callous, but the conclusion I have come to is that it really is a few bad apples spoiling it for everyone.  “Bad apples” is probably too nice way of putting it…*cough*douchebags*cough*.  I really do not see the Greek system as very much affecting the decisions of what people here on campus.  With or without Greek life students will engage in dangerous and illegal activities.

What I did see occur from this report is that students involved in Greek life have grown this distaste for the administration.  Just from this past weekend Kappa Sig flew a banner behind an airplane saying “So Long Foster- Sincerely Kappa Sig”.  However funny this may be, it really is a great example for this new problem that is occurring.  Every time the school asks for members of a Greek life to attend a dinner or event, students feel like they are being forced to do so rather than look at it as an opportunity to learn or socialize in a sober setting.  Overall I feel like very little has changed since the Campus Climate task force and I don’t see Bucknell breaking that pattern anytime soon.

7 responses »

  1. Charles says:

    I saw that sign “so long Foster” what does it mean? Haha. I agree with you nothing has changed but can you really limit the Greek System to simply a few bad apples? The campus climate from my understanding was trying to curb the risky behavior done by most students on campus, not just a few people. However, this initiative has proven to be as effective as Dodd Frank.

  2. Lindsey F. says:

    I agree that the report hasn’t been effective and that Greeks now have a distaste to the administration. I also agree that with Greek life or not, risky behavior is still going to occur on campus. I think one of the main issues the administration has with greek life is the exclusion factor of it- how people are chosen for each sorority/fraternity. And I don’t have a solution for this problem but I understand that it’s something that the administration would be concerned about.

  3. Steph P. says:

    An interesting thing you point out is the relationship between the students and the administration. After the report came out, it felt as thought the admin was working against the students rather than for or with them as it had been in the past. I think of this relationship similar to a very strict parent. What happens when their sheltered kid goes off to college? They go wild. (not all the time but let’s just go off the stereotype to humor me). If the administration would back off a bit, and let students mature on their own, I feel like the drinking issues would start to decline – not immediately of course but I’m sure we would see some progress. The issue with this is that Bucknell is “The Countryclub on the Susquehana”. We have a prestigious reputation to keep up, and we’ve also got a lot of very rich alumni to keep happy and drunk students aren’t really the way to do that. Yet when we kick off frats for bad behaviour, the same rich alumni we’re trying to appease stop donating if they’re in that frat. So who should we please? Admin? Students? Parents? Langone? Who knows.

  4. Abby says:

    I completely agree that the report did not accomplish its goals, and created a really negative relationship between the students and the administration. Like steph says above, the majority of people on campus felt that the administration was working against the students, and not with them. This is the main reason I felt that the campus climate report failed, and i think it will continue to fail so long as students feal that the administration is against them. Right now, it seems we are standing at opposite ends of the spectrum, and each side is so angry with the other that no one is willing to budge. If, however, the students felt like the administration was trying to create a more fun environment (and safer too!), people would begin to work to find a solution. As i said in my post, I think that it is a school’s job to protect its students, not actively work to punish them. Yes, things need to change, but nothing is going to happen as long as each side won’t budge.

  5. Matt says:

    The administration is solely responsible for this “us vs. them” attitude, since they took it on themselves to disempower students and try to take on all the tough decisions themselves. Unlike you, though, Abby, I have found that students are willing to give some leeway and the majority of us want to see some change. That doesn’t mean, however, we can be bullied into doing whatever the bureaucrats think is best. I’m not really sure when the transition happened that it became mainstream for colleges to start persecuting and oppressing their own students, but I find it ironic that you have this whole generation of people who were protesting the established powers their entire college careers just so they could establish an even stricter system that follows their own ideologies in its place. And until they acknowledge that we have a meaningful voice (i.e. not the BSG puppets), you will continue to see this conflict and a falling out with their alumni. I know a lot of recent alumni that have no intentions to ever give back to Bucknell. You’d think they would take a hint, that if you piss off your own students while under your care, they’re not going to support you later, but it appears I give them too much credit regarding anything dealing with common sense.

  6. Jordi says:

    ” have grown this distaste for the administration. ” 😕
    You mean “Have grown in their distaste with the administration?

  7. Jordi says:

    @lindsey- will risky behavior occur among young adults? yes. Are the rates impervious to any change? NO. As you yourself pointed out, the change in the drinking age laws in 1984 may have changed the way many people “pregame.” Not all campuses have the same rates, as the report clearly documented. I don’t understand how you all can be good social scientists about every context (Wall St, China, Nigeria, Enron) except the one you live in.

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