ERIC Number: EJ791303
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 0
Should Black Fraternities and Sororities Abolish Undergraduate Chapters?
Kimbrough, Walter M.
About Campus, v10 n4 p27-29 Sep-Oct 2005
In this article, the author addresses the issues surrounding black fraternities and sororities on campus today, shares what he learned about black fraternalism, and presents his thoughts on the subject. Among the concerns facing black fraternal organizations on campus today include: (1) Most chapters had very small numbers; (2) They did not always get along with one another; and (3) The vast majority did not follow the 1990 decision by their respective national organizations to abolish the practice of hazing during pledging. Undergraduates indicated that hazing proves that people love the organization, while graduate members see hazing as a real threat to the organization. Undergraduates also admitted confusion because persons who hazed or were hazed now tell them not to do it. They appear to be in a stage of development that prevents them from understanding the big picture because it interferes with their immediate desires and perceived needs. The author believes that black fraternities and sororities should abolish undergraduate chapters only after they make a drastic, last-ditch attempt to save them by reworking membership intake and replacing it with a highly educational and engaging membership education program. If the leadership is unwilling to make this kind of stand, then it is necessary to abolish undergraduate chapters now. Otherwise, the courts will soon abolish black fraternal organizations altogether. (Contains 1 note.)
Descriptors: Hazing, Sororities, National Organizations, Fraternities, Undergraduate Students, African American Students, Campuses
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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