Cornell’s Greek System “Dead”?

Cornell University’s Greek system may be finished, at least according to students involved.

Back in August the university’s president, David Skorton, took the radical step of ending the pledge process. Fraternities were still allowed on campus, but students would just be accepted into fraternities; no special, semester-long trials and initiations would occur.

That plan has run into trouble. According to an article by J.K. Trotter at Ivy Gate, Cornell’s Interfraternity Council will suspend two fraternities for pledging students. Someone on campus apparently explained that:

Within a week the Cornell IFC/OFSA will kick Sig Chi and Phi Sig off campus, for public “initiation rituals” done 3 weeks after the official end of the pledge period.

Just giving you a heads up that the news will break before Slope Day…The greek system at Cornell is dead.

It’s not entirely clear why the punishment of those two fraternities will kill Cornell’s Greek system, but it certainly doesn’t look good.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer