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Swarthmore Weighs Return of Sororities After Eight-Decade Ban

(The campus of Swarthmore College.  File photo provided by Swarthmore College)

(The campus of Swarthmore College. File photo provided by Swarthmore College)

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By Paul Kurtz

SWARTHMORE, Pa. (CBS) — There’s a move afoot at Swarthmore College to bring back sororities.

Sororities at Swarthmore were banned nearly 80 years ago for discriminating against Jews.

But now, a small group of coeds wants to bring them back.  After all, they say, there are fraternities on campus for the men.

At this point the administration seems to be in favor of the idea. As for most students… not so much.

“People are more strongly against it than strongly for it,” said one woman on campus today.  “That’s the vibe I got.”

“I like the Women’s Resource Center a good deal, which is the building they’re trying to take,” said another.  “So, I would be fine with a sorority if they could find another alternate, but I do not want them to wreck an existing social group here.”

“I don’t think it would add anything great to the campus,” a third woman said.

“We are a 1,400-person campus. It’s a small community and I don’t feel like we should be divided up,” said a fourth woman interviewed by KYW Newsradio.

The founders of the proposed sorority insist that theirs will not be a stereotypical, “party first” sorority but rather will be an all-inclusive group that will blend in with the Swarthmore culture.

 

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