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SSA could not be possible without the generous support of Drs. Herbert A. and Betty Lou Lubs and the Science, Society, and the Arts Research Conference Endowment. We are deeply grateful!
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Friday, March 17 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Easel 64: Fraternal Power

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W&L claims “approximately 77% of students are members of Greek organizations, 80% of women; 74% of men. With such a large portion of the student body participating, the W&L Greek System has a considerable amount of social power, this is specifically the case with men. Due to Panhellenic policies, sororities are not permitted to have parties inside of their on-campus houses. However, fraternities have no such rules and are able to hold parties at their chapter houses as well as off campus houses. This gender specific policy creates an environment where fraternities are the hegemonic social power on campus. W&L hosts 13 national fraternities, and each organization has varying degrees of status that the student body assigns and agrees upon. This creates a system of fraternities where some are more respected and well liked than others. Sparking the creation and maintenance of a hierarchy that favors certain fraternities over others.


Friday March 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Leyburn Library