IFC suspends Miami fraternity activities

Fraternities must initiate new members by Friday Miami University’s Interfraternity Council (IFC) is suspending all fraternity activities and ending its new member period early. The announcement came Tuesday after IFC received multiple reports of hazing. In a release, IFC called the alleged actions “antithetical to the pillars of Greek life” and noted that university investigations would begin “immediately.” All fraternities must have their new members formally initiated by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23. The university supports IFC’s decision to suspend fraternity activities, Miami University president Greg Crawford wrote in a statement. “We believe this is a productive first...

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Rise up, RedHawks: Let’s talk about sex

Sex in college is a mess. You’ve probably heard your parents or professors or some journalist refer to our sex lives as “hookup culture.” In most contexts, it’s negative and implies that we are constantly “hooking up” with one another, even though the term “hookup” can mean something vastly different to each person. It can range from making out to over-the-jeans groping to actual sex. Using it to talk about our encounters — however sexual they are — gives us the false sense that we’re being open about the subject. In reality, it lets us continue to dance around...

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Events this Week: February 20

Events to catch this week on Miami’s campus and in Oxford City Matters Wilks Theater on Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m. Hosted and moderated by The Miami Student editorial staff, this panel discussion will feature a mix of health, safety and government officials from Miami University and the city of Oxford. Tweet your questions @miamistudent using the hashtag #CityMatters during the event, and visit miamistudent.net later this week for coverage of the forum. ‘Before the Future Disappears’ Fritz Pavilion A on Thursday, 5 to 6 p.m. As part of the Altman Program’s series, “Urban Futures,” research professor AbdouMaliq Simone will discuss...

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Different recruitment rules reflect gender disparities

The following reflects the majority opinion of the editorial board. From Thursday, Feb. 1, to next Monday, Feb. 12, all National Panhellenic Council (NPC) sororities maintain a “dry period.” Anyone already in a sorority or participating in recruitment is not allowed to go Uptown, attend or host parties with Interfraternity Council (IFC)-affiliated men, or participate in their recruitment in any way. During the same period, male students looking to rush a fraternity will be heading Uptown and to off-campus houses, bonding with potential future brothers over cold beers. The “dry period” rule highlights a gendered disparity between the ways fraternity and sorority recruitments are framed. Those rushing fraternities are often invited Uptown to Happy Hour-style events in order to meet their potential brothers in a social setting. Alcohol, for them, is a normal part of hanging out. On the other hand, a sorority recruitment process free of alcohol represents an unrealistic ideal of purity — an expectation that when women socialize, alcohol is not involved. While the intention behind the “dry period” policy is presumably to reduce the amount of alcohol related incidents during the recruitment policy and uphold Greek life’s core values (community, philanthropy, leadership, etc.) rather than partying, history has proven the policy to be ineffective. The “dry period” imposed by the NPC ends the day after Bid Day, when the women find out which sorority they...

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