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At Princeton, students join an eating club — private dining houses/social clubs where upper classmen eat — but the administration has never been fond of Greek life.The Ivy League University has never officially recognised Greek organisations because, according to the NY Post, “they promote social exclusion and excessive alcohol consumption.” That sentiment, and that conceptions of fraternities and sororities, is nothing new.
What is new is Princeton’s ban on Freshman having anything to do with Greek organisations at all. Starting September 1st, any first-year who joins, rushes, or pledges one faces suspension. That extends to even joining Greek Facebook groups from Princeton and other schools as well, reports The Daily Princetonian.
Former Alpha Epsilon Pi president and committee member Jake Nebel ’13 said that this clarification was necessary.
“Without this clarification, there could have been fraternities at other schools that asked Princeton students to join,” Nebel said. “Without this clarification in the policy, people might think it’s OK to join these fraternities because they’re not at Princeton,” he explained.
These specific measures were announced this morning by Princeton President Shirley Tilghman after she approved the recommendations of the Committee on Freshman Rush Policy, a body created to work out how the new ban on first-year frat life would be carried out.
Tilghman told students that she was clarifying this bit about social media because she didn’t want there to be any grey area in the matter. Fine. But the question is still whether or not students will adhere to the ban in general. If not, many fear that Princeton will go to even further lengths to marginalize Greek life.
“The effectiveness of the policy … will be based on the degree to which Princeton students adhere to the policy,” she said. “We will assess this at the end of each academic year,” said Tilghman.
After that, it’s double secret probation.