The Hideout Theatre & Coffeehouse
"...At UT – as at many universities – most fraternities and sororities are predominantly white. From their very beginnings, exclusivity – especially regarding race, money, and power – has been part of the foundation of fraternities..."
"...While there are no statistics specifically cataloging sexual assaults that occur during orientation (federal reporting currently mandates universities report only annual totals, and the University of Texas Police Department's reporting statistics are so low as to be nearly negligible), university administrators have long known that some of the factors that lead to assaults – like easy access to alcohol-infused fraternity parties just off campus – are present in the summertime, and that younger students are more vulnerable than upperclassmen. Many fraternities, since their parties are, to a great extent, member-recruitment events, purposefully plan them so that incoming freshmen can attend...."
"...As an outsider, I have always thought that college fraternities (and sororities) were mainly a way for affluent parents to network their children into social organizations to eventually gain positions of influence in order to screw over everyone lower on the food chain. Maybe it's because, from Revenge of the Nerds to Neighbors, that's what cinema has taught us..."
"...Frat House follows the pledging process -- a composite of different fraternities -- from rush through hell week, cutting a wide swath through the realm of bad behavior taken so disturbingly seriously that it would probably have given pause even to John Belushi himself. So, really, it's easy to appreciate the post-production distress of both those who signed releases and appeared in the film and the parental units who clung to the dream of a productive post-college life for their release-signing offspring...."
"...I've always thought American culture could be divided into two distinct groups: those who pledged fraternities in college, and those who didn't. Those who pledged would be "brothers" for life, and those who abstained would forever wonder what the big deal was all about..."
"...Lee Lueder, UT student and president of the Texas Interfraternity Council, issued a statement saying, "The reality is that most members of the fraternities and sororities that throw these types of parties have never had to deal with the issues they lampoon. Thus, they have no right to say what should or should not be offensive to people who have..."
"...Boom, college freshman comes into town. Instead of a gun, he's armed with a Walkman, and instead of the two warring gangs, you have two warring fraternities..."
"...When your weeks begin to get hectic, remember every Wednesday is Hump Day, which kicks off with the Greek stroll. The Greek stroll commences with both fraternities and sororities all commingled as one big group strolling in unison to today’s hottest tracks..."
"...University of North Carolina students Andrea Pino and Annie Clark unite and begin a groundswell of agitation that eventually makes the front page of The New York Times, networking with campus rape survivors from seemingly every university in the nation. Dick also interviews a retired campus police officer who fills us in on all the sordid details of why, exactly, colleges are so tight-lipped when it comes to the dangerous confluence of teens, fraternities, and the inevitable alcohol-based social economy that comes with modern, and not-so-modern, collegiate life...."
"...UT-Austin is no stranger to dealing with issues of racial insensitivity on campus, and the university is far from alone when it comes to these issues. The problem of racism in fraternities has recently gone viral, after a 10-second video of University of Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) members chanting racist slurs and making reference to lynching was leaked to the OU student paper...."
"...If Riley's resolution is successful, the city would create a dialogue of "stakeholders" – neighbors, fraternities, city commissioners, and city staff – and meanwhile, the draft resolution states, "staff may work with students to allow some flexibility in the permit requirements while ensuring safety and quality of life are maintained."..."
"...AC: What other experiences have you had with fraternities?..."
"...Paul Mooney: Yeah, who told you this? What happened was at Contra Costa Junior College in the Bay Area, you know, the taxpayers pay for it. It's a public college, and their sororities and fraternities were segregated; they wouldn't let blacks in..."
"... In other city business, council agreed last week to remove fraternities and sororities in West Campus from a zoning overlay meant to encourage density in the neighborhood. Council approved a zoning change for the neighborhood three years ago that increased height and zoning allowances in the area and has successfully encouraged denser development..."
"..."The fraternities wanted somewhere to go every week," he states. "Here's a club on the Eastside that's all black, and it turned all white..."
"...For many people in the queer community, Greek life on college campuses can seem rather frightening. Fraternities and sororities, by tradition, have been built on heteronormative structures and strict gender binary codes...."
"...Boz [Scaggs] was in it. We played fraternities all the time..."
"...While UT has a long history of racism in general, fraternities and West Campus have especially had issues. Following the Texan’s story on March 29, UT President Greg Fenves issued a statement on March 30 to the university community stressing that “there is absolutely no place in our campus community for that type of behavior..."
"...In the spring of 2003, around the same time when two fraternities were being penalized for racially offensive costumes and the campus' MLK statue had been defaced with spray paint, then-UT president Larry Faulkner put together a Task Force on Racial Respect and Fairness. The task force suggested moving the statues in order to limit "institutional nostalgia for the Confederacy and its values," as Faulkner put it..."
"...Texas teeters on the precipice, SCOTUS fiddles away, and fraternities everywhere look to Austin, as your AggreGAYtor forms a breeding ball...."