Category Archives: English 400

Why could this not work? (#8)

My plan could potentially work, and it would be great if it did. In the end there’s basically three groups that have to agree, SGA, the office of fraternity and sorority life and Longwood officer such as Tim Pierson. The SGA usually sides with other authoritative positions, so it comes down to convincing the office of Fraternity and Sorority life. This could be tricky since at one point, they were complete trying to kill all off campus Fraternities and Sororities. Also if this plan were to be enacted it would mean more work for this office, they would have to process paper work about what the Fraternities and Sororities have been up to or were up to. It would mean time processing what level to put the organizations on, it would mean time for them to revise the plan. Those are some extra task that they will have to take on, but probably not the most challenging. The most challenging task they will have, would be to make sure that no new “Fraternities and Sororities” pop left and right without being an extension of a national group. Longwood already has many Fraternities and Sororities. If more pop up every year because it’s easy to become recognized, the office of Fraternity and Sorority life would have to expand. This cost comes at the expense of Longwood or they could raise the fees that on campus organizations have to pay, so that could be another set of people that could resist the plan. The plan could be modified by the office of Fraternity and Sorority life, but then we would have to convince figure heads like Tim Pierson that this is a good idea. Tim Pierson has worked at the school for a while, and has seen what other students in the past have done on these off campus Fraternities and/or Sororities. He does not directly work with this off campus organizations, so his views might be antiquated and hard to change. For this proposal to work there has to be a way to showTim Pierson how this organizations, have changed and how the mentality has changed. Ways to do that would be to convince the office of Fraternity and Sorority life to have a conference with delegates from each organization, Tim and Wolfgang. Another way could be showing evidence of the change in mentality, police reports could be beneficial if they have decreased in the past five years. Rotunda articles talking about these organizations in a well regard would help too. Finally if we can get students to vote or rally for this plan it would force all of the stakeholders to highly consider the proposal. After all the University is here to serve it’s students, Having students sign a petition, or even gather together protesting for the change would put pressure for actions to be taken. The forces of resistance are pretty strong, but not impossible to overcome. All it would take is persistence and good ethics when doing so, professionalism from all the organizations would be key for this to succeed along with collaboration.

Longwood paving the path to the future

Longwood can address the problem of inequality between off campus fraternities and on campus fraternities. By trying to reform these organizations. I used the word reforming, because if they were on-campus organizations, they could be regulated and mandated to follow certain restrictions, to avoid ever being off campus again. The first suggestion I have is analyze the Fraternities and Sororities in question. Make a set of requirements that they have to achieve in order for them to be accepted to be on-campus.Find out the history of the events that put them in that situation. Find out if the people that put the organization in jeopardy, are still active with the organization and finally talk to them, and ask them if they are interested in being back on campus. If they say they are then go back to the history, events and members and classify them. Classify them in one of five categories: Low risk, med-low risk, med-risk, med-high risk and high risk. Then define each one of them, my suggested definitions are as follow. The organization has strong leaders, and members are active on campus while maintaining a decent GPA (decent GPA can be defined later but for me it’s 2.33) and do community service and have risk management procedures, Also reason for being off campus is close to non existent. Medium low risk, organization lacks strong leadership, but members are active on campus and contribute to the community and reason for being off campus is close to non existent. Medium risk, GPA is good, lacks leadership, and don’t do much for the community but has risk management procedures, history of why they are off campus, has to have to extra repercussions. Medium high GPA is low, and don’t do much for the community, cops get called occasionally because of them, and reason that they were kicked off is fairly recent, and have not dealt with the members correctly. High risk, GPA is low, members don’t do anything for the community, cops get called a decent amount of times and members are known to cause alterations, and issue still occur. Depending on which category they fall in, procedures should be put in place for them to be allowed to be on campus, this is only effective if they want to be an on campus organization. Low risk organizations, should be allowed in as long as they follow standard procedures like the other on campus organizations. This means having insurance for the fraternity, paying the dues to the school etc. On top of that they should have a semester probation period. Low-medium the same should be done as the above but add community service hours to be expected to meet. Medium organizations should have a semester probation period off campus, this would entail no cops called on them, not having members causing problems but more especially dealing with those members in an appropriate fashion. The probation period off-campus would help to prove their dedication to become on campus, after that they should be treated as a low-med risk organization. Medium high almost the same just a year probation with the addition of community service and GPA requirements during that year, this is a lot of work. I think it should be sufficient work that the organization would not ever risk being off campus again. High risk should be dealt with on absolutely individual bases, if an organization is high risk they should probably not be allowed to be back in. The idea of having these organizations on campus is to reduce harms to themselves and other, and produce citizen leaders. If they are high risk it means that there’s little to none chance of that, that is why I think it should be dealt on individual basis, reconsider all the members, their actions while enrolled and reconsider if the are medium high risk. If after this they are still High risk they should not be allowed in and not allowed to be considered to bring back on until all current members have graduated. Also probation for med to mid-high should restrict some of the rights, like requesting money from SGA but not from holding positions. If this plan of action is enacted, the future of it would be an application process for future off-campus, organizations. Hopefully this application process would discourage organizations to ever being off campus. By enacting this Longwood would have strict guidelines on how to deal with organizations. Organizations would be aware and I think would deter them from wrong actions, even if they are off-campus and want to be back on. Also I think Longwood should encourage and help low-risk organizations succeed. They could be an extension of Longwood’s citizen leader ideal, and that’s something Longwood can be proud of.

Should all off-campus Fraternities/Sororities be treated the same (#6 redefining)

As I have been writing these blogs, I realized that there is way too many issues. As a result I have missed the main point. There’s three situations that these off-campus Fraternities and Sororities fall in. First situation and probably the most problematic, DTX or “Delta” has been kicked off from campus, and has remained that way since a long time ago. Seemingly like they want to come back, if they don’t want to be back on campus, because they don’t want to obey certain regulations that everyone obeys by. Then maybe they have to be dealt in another way, and not necessarily  by trying to bring them on-campus. The second situation entails the Fraternities and sororities that have been kicked off recently. Which are AXP, TKE and ZXA, the most recent one being ZXA who was recolonized and old members weren’t allowed back and became ZXA. What do we know about these organizations? They have broken the rules, the rules that everyone is “supposed” to follow, I put that in quotes because it is evident that even on-campus Fraternities and Sororities break the rules at one point or another. Sometimes making it seem more like a game of who can hide it better. Also we know that not all the brothers and sisters were responsible for the organizations being kicked off. Which is why I believe that they should have a chance to present their case, and given the opportunity to come back as an on campus organization. Finally the final situation is the one that Gamma Psi and ABY are involved in, and the least problematic according to Wolfgang Amadeus director of Fraternity and Sorority life. These two are local organizations, although Gamma Psi has been in other schools it has never been nationally recognized, and ABY was founded here. Gamma Psi has had issues with the school in the past, when it came down to trying to get on campus. Those issues were because of members that have been graduated for a long time. ABY has just never been on-campus. With that being said the big picture issue comes down to this, there’s not a system in place to deal with these situations. There’s no clear cut answer of what a fraternity can do to address these students, and yet these students miss out on opportunities. I have preached about how they can’t join SGA or Honor Board. I have recently found out about another restriction, on-campus fraternities and recognized organizations can go in front of the SGA and request money for programs such as putting on speakers, doing community events and such. I can see why this could of been fair in the past, when off campus organizations truly did not want to be on campus. Times have changed and Longwood should change as well, we are dealing with students who will probably only be here for four years. Most of them are 18 to 22 years old. We are not dealing with hooligans, it’s not unreasonable to ask for a method to clean your name or in these case your organization’s name. Our society has courts, and penalties for breaking rules. These penalties and consequences are given to make the accused become a better person. I truly the same can be done with some of this groups. And why not everyone deserves a second chance, forget and forgive right? Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift, that is why it’s called the present. Longwood should make the most out of this present, and pave the road for a more beneficial future for students.

Just for clarification

DTX – AKA Delta, Delta Tau Chi

TKE – Tau Kappa Epsilon

AXP – Alpha Chi Rho

ZTX- Zeta Chi Alpha

ABY – Alpha Beta Psi

 

 

 

Abstract (#5)

Longwood university a school full of history and great values, home of four national sororities (Zeta Tau Alpha, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Alpha Gamma Delta, and Alpha Sigma Alpha). Longwoods community is full of Greek life, and it plays a  big part with it’s culture. A problem has surged at Longwood University concerning greek life, there are two types of greek organizations. Those who are recognized by Longwood also know as “on-campus” and non recognized as “off-campus”. Currently there are six “off-campus organizations”. The reason’s why this organizations are of campus are the following two of them are local organizations, who have never done anything wrong but have not been able to be recognized, for circumstances such as not have a national board to back them up. Two other organizations were on-campus organizations, but were kicked out for risk management issues and hazing. Another organization got recolonized by their national chapter, when the people of this organization were not invited to re colonize the organization they made their own. The last organization has been off-campus since a long time ago, and there’s many rumors as why they are off campus. From hazing to crazy events.

Longwood has to deal with this situation, how ever in the past they have taken an aggressive approach. Rather than being inclusive they have tried to terminate them, treating them almost like gangs and excluding them from being part of the Longwood culture at times. This ranges from not being able to have their pledge rush with other Fraternities, to not members have positions in SGA and Honors board. There is possible solutions for these off-campus organizations, and each one should be treated as an individual case and not all of them as a whole.

My thoughts on the issue (#4)

Longwood University is building a wall between its students. This wall is being created between students who are recognized as off-campus Fraternities and all the other students including the ones in on-campus Fraternities. These off-campus Fraternities students are given lesser opportunities, than all other students. They can’t be in the Student Government Association, or the Honors Board (basically our court system) and other organizations like those. As a student in three different organizations(Delta sigma Pi (academic recognized academic Fraternity), Gamma Psi (unrecognized Community Fraternity) and Student Diversity and Inclusion Council). Due to my involvement with these organizations and I can see both sides of the Issue. I see the risks involved with having these “rogue” organizations, but I can also see the upside of having them recognized. I  think if the school got to know these students one on one, they could see that their perceived image of them is wrong. The image of the faculty might be misled by past actions of those fraternities. It also possible that members of such organizations did not think of the repercussions, their actions could have in the future for their organization. Due to these experiences I believe the members of theses organizations are more aware, and ready to make right decisions to be considered to be recognized.

Why even care?

After conducting a survey about ninety seven percent of the students are aware of off campus Fraternities and Sororities. When asked if they thought off campus Fraternities/Sororities caused more problems than on campus Fraternities/Sororities, 32.89% said yes while 67.11% said no. what is amazing about this statistic is that when they were asked if off campus and on campus organizations should have the same rights 37.66% said yes while 62.34% said no. Almost inverted, this means that most people know that off campus organizations exist, they don’t see them as a threat but they don’t see them as equals.  If this survey is a good sample of the Longwood community then the last statistic means that most  students have an opinion about the matter. Knowing that these off campus organizations could potentially organize, and make their own version of the IFC or College pan-hellenic council. after all the IFC is composed of six Fraternities only two more than there are off campus. If they decided to do that, according to the survey they would also have allies, and could have sufficient people to get Longwood’s faculty and staff’s attention. Let’s explore the possibilities they have and how they would affect other people, starting from the lowest risk scenarios to the highest risk scenarios. They could have a petition which could have enough signatures that Longwood should review. They could have some protests, this could get more attention from other students. Potentially creating more tension between students, also could delay faculty and staff from getting to classes or dealing with other matters.They could eventually get media involved which would result in poor media coverage for Longwood which could affect us in a  negative way. Longwood if they feel like this a  nonsense, they could potentially put people on probation, suspension or even expelled. These are probably extreme cases, but that’s why Longwood should try to stop this from happening. All the people that could be in risk of being affected by the issue are: students in any organization,fraternity, sorority or club. Longwood faculty and staff specially the office of Fraternity and Sorority life. and far in the spectrum alumni. The stake holders are many here, specially since so many students are aware of the problem and they have very different opinions about it. I for one would not like a scandal to happen at Longwood, potentially ruining it’s image and the worth of my diploma.

History of the issue #2

This post is what I know about the history, this post will change a lot in the next week. With that said, the issue started before I came to this school. For a  while there has been organizations considered off campus, and it wasn’t really a problem until certain restriction were put on these organizations. Members in these organizations been denied of being part of any school organization like SGA or mortar board. Furthermore people in this organizations, can’t request money for events, even if it’s for a great educational speaker. They also can’t fundraise in any on campus property, such as Moes, Chick-Fil-A and sweet frog. They can’t sell raffle tickets on school grounds or have a booth in spring weekend or Octoberfest. As time has passed now there is six off campus organizations. two sororities and four Fraternities. Before Wolfgang Acevedo took over the office of Fraternity and Sorority life, there was Kate Planow. Kate tried to kill off campus Fraternities and Sororities by sending the “affiliated to gangs” letters, and by trying to cut the rights of these students. It’s unfair that students who pay their tuition, have restricted rights for who they associate with. Each student should be judged for their own actions, and an organization should be judged by the overall effort of it’s members. Meaning if the organization does more good collectively, it should not be judged wrongly for the actions of “one bad apple”. However these organizations should have ways to deal with people that are doing wrong. Not because of what it does to their name alone, but because these fraternities and sororities are a place to grow. Members in these organizations grow by experiencing a bond with other members that care about one another. Another part of the problem is that off campus Fraternities and Sororities, do not respond to the IFC. The IFC is the Longwood Interfraternity Council, the council helps guide organizations with academics, community service and recruitment. The IFC seems like a vicious cycle though, off campus organizations could benefit from being a part of IFC. They can’t because they’re not on campus and other students feel that they should get equal rights because they don’t respond to the IFC.

 

Off campus organizations, what’s the deal? (Blog #1)

Longwood University is home of three great sororities, these three sororities are known country wide and why not after all greek life is a huge part of Longwood’s community. The latest of these three was Zeta Tau Alpha in 1898. If you look at Longwood’s history (http://www.longwood.edu/greek/46605.htm) Longwood expresses how they are proud for accepting and recognizing all the other organizations that followed. However at Longwood there is some organizations that are not recognized by the school, including Delta Tau Chi (DTX), Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE), Gamma Psi, Alpha Beta Psi (ABY), Zeta Chi Alpha (ZXA) and Alpha Chi Rho (AXP).  One can’t help but ask why are these Fraternities and Sororities not recognized? When you ask most students, the answers you will here are probably one of the following, oh they haze, they have no self control, they’re not real and my favorite they are a bunch of degenerates. Longwood has a strict policy about hazing, which is good after all the “bullying problem” has become nationally recognized and measures need to be taken to address it. That will be one issue I will investigate, I know some of these off campus Fraternities and Sororities at one point were on campus. Some are no longer, but I’m not sure if what they do is any worse, of what the on campus Fraternities and Sororities do. Some of these organizations have never been an on campus organization, so how exactly can they be defamed with out reason. I used the word defamed, because Longwood has sent letters to parents, when they hear that certain individuals want to join some for these organizations. This letter refers them basically as gangs, warning the parents about how the future of their kids is in danger. My issue is about how Longwood should have a system implemented to be sure that they fact check these organization. In order to see if these organizations are bad as their letters are making them out look. If the Fraternities and Sororities aren’t they should have an opportunity to be equal, with the other on campus Fraternities and Sororities, and not be defamed. Why not invite them to be recognized that way Longwood can regulate them closer, this way they could see what happens in those Fraternities and Sororities. The idea of accepting these new organizations with open arms, and to create citizens leaders seems long gone. Each organization has their own set of values,and  it is possible that these organizations exist because, other school recognized organizations don’t reflect those values. I have met several of the people in these off campus organizations, and I know that the values that they have are indeed worthy and not crazy, or related to “gang” activity.

Here are two of the many letters that were sent out:

letter from school to students

letter from school to parents