As some of you may know, Washington State University implemented a social moratorium for its Greek Row last semester.
The moratorium prohibited all social events for both Fraternities and Sororities alike; from early November all the way to the Spring Semester of 2017, Fraternities and Sororities at Washington State University are banned from participating in or hosting biads, triads, PC bondings, date dashes, exchanges or anything of that nature.
What this really meant is that Greek Row was stripped of one of the most important privileges we have, the ability to band together as a community and organize events. The significance of these social events cannot be overlooked – they provide people with the opportunity to not only learn about themselves but how to interact with a multitude of different people as well, resulting in a development of personal responsibility, self-awareness, and, most importantly, a sense of community. We need to seize every opportunity we have to make memories, learn lessons and meet new people while we’re still young. This is all possible when you are allowed to meet and great with the fraternity down the block or that sorority across the street.
Personally, I’m not happy to have a chunk of the Fall Semester of my sophomore year reduced to a dull routine of studying and video games and can think of a multitude of other people who feel that same way.
Now, on to why a moratorium doesn’t actually work. First off, it feels and appears to be a punishment. It is especially not fair for those fraternities, sororities, and individuals who have been holding it down and being responsible. To punish an entire community for the misconduct of a handful of individuals, some not even associated with greek life, is ultimately going to lead to an “us vs them” mentality and further conflict.
It’s possible to implement safety policies and raise community awareness on specific issues without banning all Greek-oriented events. So far, the biggest changes that I can see in the new semester are that we now keep snacks during our parties and have ID scanners at the door. I’m all for the free snacks and my fraternity already had a solid security system so not much has changed except now I’m out about five weeks of my overall college experience.