DePauw's sorority troubles

There's a quite creepy story in the New York Times today about a sorority at DePauw University:

Worried that a negative stereotype of the sorority was contributing to a decline in membership that had left its Greek-columned house here half empty, Delta Zeta’s national officers interviewed 35 DePauw members in November, quizzing them about their dedication to recruitment. They judged 23 of the women insufficiently committed and later told them to vacate the sorority house.

The 23 members included every woman who was overweight. They also included the only black, Korean and Vietnamese members. The dozen students allowed to stay were slender and popular with fraternity men — conventionally pretty women the sorority hoped could attract new recruits. Six of the 12 were so infuriated they quit.

The people I felt most sorry for, besides the girls themselves, were the administrators, who were obviously being held responsible for something they (a) couldn't understand because it makes no sense, and (b) certainly couldn't control. I do want to give them kudos for their homepage, which crows "DePauw in Today's New York Times". If someone gives you lemons....
Heidi commented:
Bitch Ph.D. took this on yesterday, too, with appropriately shocked commentary - just FYI
on Sun Feb 25 12:41:34 2007

David commented:
Ah yes - so she did. I really need to get her bookmark closer to the top of my feeds so I read it more often. Anyway, here's a link to her post.
on Sun Feb 25 23:04:44 2007

Shelby commented:
The thing that's interesting here is that the story actually made the New York Times. This happens all the time and in fact, happened to the sorority I was in before I came to Albion. Except in our case, they kicked all of us out and started anew. It's called re-colonization. Although instead of being kicked out, I kicked myself out and went to Albion :D. I have to say, I'm damned proud of the girls who left voluntarily and the one who interrupted the recruitment event is CLASSIC. I want to be her friend.
on Mon Feb 26 16:58:13 2007

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