Recruitment Information. (Maybe DePauw University President Dr. Robert Bottoms is close enough? I am actually a part of DZ and I can honestly say (because I have friends that go to Depauw) that the entire story was simply someone’s attempt for fame. A huge thank you to everyone who made this brand new home so incredible! Compare that to the “apology” posted prominently on their site – “Delta Zeta National apologizes to any of our women at DePauw who felt personally hurt by our actions. Don’t think you can get away with stonewalling on the most compelling part of the story. By completing this form, you are providing permission for the chapter youâve indicated to receive the information included for the sole purpose of providing information on potential membership with â¦ 160 talking about this. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Join Facebook to connect with Delta Zeta Alabama and others you may know. Rachel, as reassuring as you may find it to try to make this only about a single chapter, you’re conveniently ignoring the way the national organization – which does represent the entire sorority – responded. Each campus, while conducting “rush” handles their choosing of new members differently than the others on the same campus, and other chapters in the country. Please, for the next time, before you use one incident to spur on a witch hunt based on generalization, especially when you’re throwing around accusations of discrimination, recognize that your argument is itself based on more discrimination and personal prejudice than on specific facts. Delta Zeta Sorority (@deltazetanatl) â¢ Instagram photos and videos 22.2k Followers, 360 Following, 2,582 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Delta Zeta Sorority (@deltazetanatl) ), There’s the classic “you’re not close enough to this to advance an opinion” shut-up. Some celebrity Delta Zetas are television stars while other famous members of the Delta Zeta sorority are popular authors. –rob] If I were a DZ alum, I’d be ashamed. One campus may have a group that is predominately a certain religion, while another has athletes. Join Facebook to connect with Delta Zeta Alabama and others you may know. She attended St. Francis Academy. But if you honestly believe that “the journalistic way” is to spin something the way you want it spun, you have a promising future in politics – but outside of Fox News, you won’t find a lot of agreement with journalists. The University of Alabama chapters of Kappa Delta, Zeta Tau Alpha and Alpha Omicron Pi withdrew after filing with local attorney Robert Prince last week. I think that it demonstrates a lack of understanding of the realities of national sororities to assume that the poor decisions of one chapter reflect the values of the national organization. Cindy Menges, the Executive Director of Delta Zeta Sorority, declined our invitation to come to campus until February 8. However, I don’t agree with your one-sided beliefs of Delta Zeta. First founded at Ohio's Miami University in 1902, the organization has boasted thousands of pledges. So what I am saying is that you shouldn’t discredit our entire sorority because of one chapter’s mistakes. If you want to be more credible to a more aware reader base, facts should be checked much more thoroughly. Princess Märtha of Sweden became an honorary member of Delta Zeta when she visited the University of North Dakota in the late 1930s. I’ve been outside them and, in shameful retrospect, inside them. Most of them are directed at me, but one — “someone’s attempt for fame” — is addressed at the victims in this case. 14.2k Followers, 981 Following, 800 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from ZETA TAU ALPHA (@alabama_zta) Aug 11, 2017 - Delta Zeta at University of Alabama #DeltaZeta #DZ #sorority #Bama The dozen students allowed to stay were slender and popular with fraternity men – conventionally pretty women the sorority hoped could attract new recruits. ), And the old “there are more important things happening in the world” shut-up. View the profiles of people named Delta Zeta Alabama. Alpha Delta Pi sisters strive for excellence in philanthropy, academic performance, and campus leadership. Many Greek organizations are coming to realize this, and to realize that things like “image” and “hazing” are outdated and inappropriate. But I’m intrigued that you apparently think the only reason I’d be anything but admiring of sororities and fraternities is that I’d been rejected by one. I know a lot of Delta Zeta’s, Chi Omega’s, Phi Mu’s, Tri Sigma’s, Alpha Phi’s, Alpha Gamma Delta’s…the list can go on. We embrace every woman's uniqueness, we encourage and support each other's goals and dreams, and we value character above all else. Kappa Delta. ALABAMA DELTA ZETA. Prince officially amended the motion Tuesday. Facebook gives people the power to share and makes the world more open and connected. Seems the ones they lost were the ones who understood what it meant to be a “sister.” Many a shrinking chapter across the nation has rebuilt their numbers successfully without this sort of abuse. It is outside our previous experience that a national organization would take actions that so negatively impact our students. (Not to mention that this post is just about entirely about that national response.). The energy to dig around on the Delta Zeta site to read their side of the story? Here are some of my most comprehensive posts, on topics that people ask me about most often. [Two sentences deleted. You honestly need to provide more objective information if you want to call yourself a fair reporter, not just an isolated event. At my school were known as the “fraternity of sororities” because we all joke around like guys and are definitely not typical sorority girls. How to get Democracy to stop freezing while "loading channel guide", DePauw University President Dr. Robert Bottoms, Public speaking and speechwriting: the essential guides, Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. However, I know for certain that this is not how proper recruitment is done, nor would you find that Delta Zeta as an organization would condone or advise this type of strategy. Ending communications on an issue is a poor way to carry the day. As for your self righteous declaration of Delta Zeta Nationals commitment to standing by their chapters no matter the poor decisions, the idea that nationals is attempting to “muzzle” the story and is in agreement with the horrible recuitment decisions made by the Delta chapter. (As the father of a daughter who has to grow up in a world of unrealistic body standards and often asinine gender expectations, it actually concerns me a hell of a lot. List RulesFamous people who were DZ members while in college. I know almost everyone and we all get along so well even though we are diverse and include a wide variety of girls (in both personality and looks). Please mail all 2020 letters of recommendation to: Recommendations Chair 245 Forest Ridge Drive Aliceville, AL 35442. 25 talking about this. Say what you did wrong, and what you’ll do differently in the future. Sisterhood Celebration. To believe what the media has said is almost comical. Shame on DZ. I’d particularly like to know what the media has gotten wrong — not what you haven’t liked hearing, but what facts they’ve misreported. I suggest you move past your rejections from your youth and Collegiate years and focus on real issues that affect society: gang recruitment, drug use and sales, human trafficking and the like. And that gives them an easy, lazy out when they’re confronted with criticism: dismiss it as sour grapes and resentment. Delta Zeta Alabama is on Facebook. First-person stories of the Delta Zeta journey and highlights from our Instagram Live series are featured here. I won’t kick you off… or, as your sisters in the national office would put it, “promoting to alumnae status”. This form is designed to introduce yourself, or someone you know, to a Delta Zeta collegiate chapter. I don’t know if you realize this, but every chapter across the country is different. It was never our intention to disparage or hurt any of our members during this chapter reorganization process.” – and the organization looks more than a little two-faced. Chapter Instagram: @bamadeltagamma Chapter Facebook: Delta Gamma - University of Alabama Chapter VSCO: vsco.co/bamadeltagamma. Sisterhood is often looked over by those on the outside of the sorority system, but it is the mainstay and what links women from who knows how many backgrounds together forever. Only my daughter and her cousin pledged the same sorority, but at different universities. I love everything about my sorority and firmly believe that we have the best sisterhood on campus. ), The “this doesn’t concern you” shut-up. Kappa Delta will start accepting letters of recommendation April 15. #618 of 659 The Scariest Threats to the United States#9 of 131 The Most Annoying TV Hosts#3 of 160 The Most Ridiculous Political Pundits. So no, I’ve never been associated with a fraternity… but I do know cliques. First founded at Ohio's Miami University in 1902, the organization has boasted thousands of pledges. Among those pledges are a number of famous people. Was it worth the time to write it? For over a century, women have found sisterhood in the Delta Zeta sorority. Delta Zeta will be accepting letters of recommendation until July 17, 2020. This is preposterous. They judged 23 of the women insufficiently committed and later told them to vacate the sorority house. ALABAMA DELTA ZETA. I am a Senior at the University of Alabama currently studying Communication Studies with a minor in Public Relations. At Wrapsody, our online Greek Boutique offers a large stock of sorority gifts for bid day or any special giving occasion. I am an active member of DZ in a smaller mid-western school. Then again, when you manage to give eviction a euphemism like “promotion to alumnae status”, acts of profound gall probably come naturally – such as attacking the targets of that eviction: The girls asked to take alumni status have dragged this event into a year-long “travesty” to be viewed as the victims of a horrendous act. Now THAT’S sisterhood, and something DZ nationals needs to consider. by Rob Cottingham | Mar 5, 2007 | Everything Else | 10 comments. Running WordPress 2.1.1? Turns out that spirit of goodwill and cooperation is of suspiciously recent vintage: In early December when the Delta Zeta national office sent letters to our students informing them of their status, University staff immediately responded to support them and to secure their housing for the second semester. Zeta Chapter Founded: October 23, 1897 Founders: Lenora Ashmore Blackiston, Mary Sommerville Sparks Hendrick, Julia Gardiner Tyler Wilson and Sara Turner Founded at Alabamaâ¦ And what the national organization did in response was just as awful. Their page leaves the definite impression that this problem’s all in the media’s collective mind. But I can’t help noticing your post consists purely of what I call “shut-ups”: ways of trying to muzzle people saying something you don’t want to hear, without ever addressing the substance of the issue. Zeta had top sustained winds of 110 mph (177 kph) as a Category 2 hurricane at landfall and is the 27th named storm of a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season â with over a â¦ We will stop accepting letters of recommendation July 15. Lists about what really happens in fraternities and sororities and the many celebrities who were involved in the Greek system. Every chapter differs in popularity, size, and reputation. Delta Zeta at The University of Alabama. If the evidence says on the face of it that you’ve done something terrible, either back down and admit your guilt (see apologizing, above) or confront the evidence and how it’s been interpreted. That’s what most of this post is about. Take a look at this list of DZs and share your thoughts in the comments section. I welcome your perspective, but I have to remove serious allegations if they aren’t backed by evidence or if I can’t quickly verify them. The school didn’t get rid of all Greek groups, so many did conduct themselves appropriately. 12.5k Followers, 569 Following, 443 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from PHI MU | ALPHA ZETA (@uaphimu) Among those pledges are a number of famous people.Â Some celebrity Delta Zetas are television stars while other famous members of the Delta Zeta sorority are popular authors. Its house is shown here circa-1905. Sororities are just all copies of the same cloth with no distinguishable characteristics. Beyond “some friends told me”, do you have any evidence to back that up? To the extent that exclusion from the clique causes pain and resentment, group membership is that much more valuable — and the threat of losing that membership takes on greater power. Insight, advice and ideas for speechwriting, speaking and leadership communications — from my inbox to yours. The fact is, I debated a long time with myself about posting this. The 23 were put on alum status. don’t get defensive about it – it’s unbecoming; and. Delta Zeta’s news page makes multiple mentions of its invitations to DePauw University’s president to meet to find common ground. The upshot: members of a clique can’t imagine that people wouldn’t want to be part of it, and can’t imagine that any criticism of it would be well-founded. Delta Zeta (ÎÎ, also known as DZ) is an international college sorority founded on October 24, 1902, at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.. Delta Zeta has 170 collegiate chapters in the United States and Canada, and over 200 alumnae chapters in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. We are so excited about our beautiful new home. The journalistic way to consider this would be to acknowledge that their silence in the face of this scandal is not a denial of responsibility but the way an organization linked by loyalty avoids cutting ties with a chapter by publicly humiliating them, no matter how they don’t agree with the events. And then stick to it. Furthermore, it is unfair to lump all sororities together based on one chapter on one campus of one sorority. Omega Psi Phi (Î©Î¨Î¦) is an international historically Black Greek-lettered fraternity.Founded on November 17, 1911 at Howard University in Washington D.C., Omega Psi Phi has chartered chapters at various colleges, universities and cities. DePauw University disagrees with Delta Zeta’s actions and their characterization of what has occurred on campus. So you see sir, your focus on one group, that received some bad press, which you have taken on as some sort of personal mission to deter young women from affiliating with the group, is ill informed and lacking in any level of professionalism. She attended St. Francis Academy. Home About Us Executive Board Activities Recruitment Gallery Actives Blog Social. It is NOT about social exclusion or viciousness or any of the ignorance inspired insults you chose to hurl around. Florence Henderson is an honorary member of Delta Zeta. Furthermore, you have no right to advise people about a sorority matter that does not concern you. Official Facebook page of the Alpha Gamma Chapter of Delta Zeta Zeta had top sustained winds of 110 mph (177 kph) as a Category 2 hurricane at landfall and is the 27th named storm of a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season â with over a â¦ Yet there are many, many more that hold that near and dear and you trying to stop people from participating is just sad. If they think they’ll find it in the head office of Delta Zeta, they might want to think again. This event is just further evidence of how DZ functions. Merry Christmas from DZ! Get regular email updates with insight, advice and ideas for speechwriting, speaking and leadership communications. Famous people who were DZ members while in college. The 23 members included every woman who was overweight. In the chapter I joined in 1971 and the chapter my daughter joined in 2003, there were young women of a variety of sizes, shapes, abilities, interests, and personalties. Two and a half years later, I stand by every word of the post. They smeared the motives of the women who had been ejected. Official Facebook page of the Alpha Gamma Chapter of Delta Zeta Using your blog to urge women to spurn something which can be so meaningful and amazing in their lives is hardly a worthy piece of writing, except to use the lines to increase Google hits. You discount comments as unworthy. 7,323 Followers, 877 Following, 604 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from â DELTA ZETA â (@bamadeltazeta) Delta Gamma will be accepting letters of recommendation until July 17, 2020 Zeta had top sustained winds of 177 km/h (110mph) as a Category-2 hurricane and was the 27th named storm of a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season â with over a â¦ And that’s what I found especially objectionable about the national organization’s response – as apparently did DePauw University’s president. The View co-host Joy Behar was a member of Delta Zeta while attending Queens College. If youâre planning to join a sorority (and there are so many damn good reasons not to, but thatâs another post)â¦ if your daughter is thinking of joining a sororityâ¦ if any young woman you know is thinking of joining a sorority, and that sorority is Delta Zetaâ¦ then please ask them to read this NY Times story first:. But you’re welcome to comment again, “get a life”‘s and all. Home About Us Executive Board Activities Recruitment Gallery Actives Blog Hi! Delta Gamma accepts Letters of Recommendation from Collegiate Members, from chapters other than UA, and Alumnae Members. Women join sororities for many reasons, and one of them they hope to find a sense of community and mutual support during one of the biggest transitions of their lives. Also, the 6 girls who quit voluntarily to support their friends TRULY need to be applauded. 183 talking about this. I appreciate your reporting of the event, and yes that chapter lost its charter at that time. At Alpha Delta Pi, we are a sisterhood of friends, a family of individuals, and a home away from home. Jo, I know first-hand that it can be terribly painful when an organization you love comes under fire. Delta Zeta’s timing of its membership review, its mixed messages to their members, and its unwillingness to address our community’s concerns are markedly different from the standard of behavior that we expect from University partners. That took guts and sacrifice. Kappa Delta, the Zeta chapter, was formed at Alabama in 1904, making it the oldest continuously active chapter in the country. It’s one of the reasons members come to believe that clique is above criticism. ALL forms.) For over a century, women have found sisterhood in the Delta Zeta sorority. Looking for advice on public speaking, speechwriting and leadership communications? Even a few famous politicians are members of DZ. At that time we also requested that a national Delta Zeta representative come to campus to address our concerns. I am sorry if you feel that the Delta chapter of Delta Zeta has failed you personally, and I know that their recruitment tactics are hardly defensible. Florence Henderson is an honorary member of Delta Zeta. ... Public Relations- Instagram at Delta Zeta Sorority The University of Alabama I would have thought the first duty of a national organization isn’t to defend the decisions of a chapter, no matter how horrible (your word) or hardly defensible (again, your words), but to uphold the values of the organization. The 6 who quit actually “deactivated,” and they forfeited alumnae status. If you’re planning to join a sorority (and there are so many damn good reasons not to, but that’s another post)… if your daughter is thinking of joining a sorority… if any young woman you know is thinking of joining a sorority, and that sorority is Delta Zeta… then please ask them to read this NY Times story first: 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. Unless you have actually been involved in the sorority chapter at Depauw (which I doubt that you have), any claims of discrimination are certainly not credible. Learn how your comment data is processed. They also included the only Korean and Vietnamese members. (Heh — I approved Emily’s comment and in the hullabaloo of the end of last year promptly forgot about it. Other famous actresses featured on this top Delta Zeta celebrities list include Melissa Ordway, Nanette Fabray, and Marcia Wallace. I and many of the women in my family have belonged to sororities. But more to the point: no, Emily, I’ve never applied to a frat: as far as I know, there was never one operating at either of the universities I attended while I was there. He said “it has become clear that the values of DePauw University and those of the Delta Zeta National Sorority are incompatible”… as he kicked them off the campus. Home About Us Executive Board Activities Recruitment Gallery Actives Blog 900 Magnolia Drive The new Alpha Gamma house - almost 40,000 square feet - provides a welcoming home for our large membership. Chapters vary across all college campuses, and though stereotypes are crude, if you had taken the time to get a full picture of Greek organizations across the country, i doubt you would be so hasty to denigrate Delta Zeta as a national organization. Whether itâs a formal ball gown, or tacky tourist attire, we love dressing up and spending the night dancing away with our sisters at all our socials and date parties! Greek life is NOT about classifying people, no matter what the dramatized popular opinion of non-Greeks is. Grasping any negative reporting and taking that public as a sign that all Greek chapters and groups act as one chapter has behaved? Alpha Delta Pi is proud to be the first secret society exclusively for women. Being in a diverse house is great preparation for the world in general. And Delta Zeta’s national leadership didn’t content itself with a simple statement of support for the chapter. News outlets look for the juciest story, not neccesarily the most trustworthy, and so one can never truly comprehend the scope of any story unless that person has personally been involved. One group I have friends associated with, have their Alumni choose who will be offered membership, NOT active undergrads. Online Workshops. And I would have thought that the principles of sisterhood would put righting an injustice against one’s members ahead of closing ranks around the wrongdoers. Dare I presume that you were not chosen to join a group and thus have your own bias to Greek life? Make it clear what you’re apologizing for, and to whom. It’s sad this chapter lost sight of what a Sorority is, philanthropy. If you’re going to apologize, be sincere. Official Facebook page of the Alpha Gamma Chapter of Delta Zeta Founded on May 15, 1851, at Wesleyan Female College in Macon, Georgia, our sorority is rich with tradition and sisterhood. This is a claim that you are not close enough to the event to recognize the facts, but that you are clearly sorely uninformed as to the function of Greek life, and hence have decided that a chapter represents the values of an entire national organization comprised of 158 separate chapters. ), First, as to trying to minimize this as one chapter’s wayward drift: what that chapter did was appalling. Do you have a favorite Delta Zeta sister? Wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday season ï¸ ï¸ (You say this is too frivolous to merit media attention… yet you seem to think your sorority’s reputation is important enough to expend time and energy defending it, when you could be pressing for action on those wars and genocides.). The View co-host Joy Behar was a member of Delta Zeta while attending Queens College. She went on to get her Masters degree in English education from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. The folllwing is a â¦ #39 of 69 The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time#128 of 154 The Most Influential People in Fashion#16 of 20 20 Real People Behind Classic Characters. (emphasis mine). But suggesting that ALL Delta Zeta’s or any sorority are not worthy of a young women’s time and attention shows your inability to look past that which is in front of you (forest for the trees). With all of the genocides and wars going on in the world, I cannot believe that CNN or any other credible news source would choose to discuss the perils of sorority girls. The Scariest Threats to the United States, The Best 'Dancing With The Stars' Contestants, Ranked, The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History, The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time, old houses with secret rooms and passageways. Six of the 12 were so infuriated they quit. Sir, you seem very opposed to Greek life. The second was Alpha Delta Pi. (You do exactly the same thing when you suggest my motive in writing this post was to garner Google hits.) Honestly it is unfortunate how ignorant you are being about this. I am so happy none of us joined Delta Zeta, and not just because of this event. Kappa Delta headquarters said in an emailed statement Tuesday that they did not approve the local chapterâs involvement in the motion. Over at the Delta Zeta news page, the sorority claims it’s all a misunderstanding that’s been blown out of proportion by the media, an “unfortunate distraction to the University’s educational mission.” The eviction (sorry, membership review) was driven solely by an unspecified measure of members’ commitment; the only thing Delta Zeta did wrong, they say, was to fail to anticipate that people would be so upset. There are many groups, athletic, Greek, Roman, etc that have issues. But it’s easier to attack legitimate criticism than to address it, and it’s easier to go on at length about the lofty ideals of an organization than to actually live them – and apply them when it means difficult self-searching. Don't miss these tips and suggestions from a seasoned speechwriter with more than 30 years of experience writing for national political and business leaders! Sororities are not something to be warned against as your sensationalist attitude claims, but supportive networks of women, linked by common values and loyalty that can not possibly be understood by someone on the outside. Shop our online catalog or stop by our Auburn, Alabama retail store. Zeta had top sustained winds of 110 mph (177 kph) as a Category 2 hurricane at landfall and is the 27th named storm of a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season â with over a â¦ Legendary costume designer Edith Head was a member of Delta Zeta while attending the University of California and Stanford. Betsy, I’m sorry to have had to edit your comment. Chapter Instagram: @kappadeltaua Chapter Facebook: Kappa Delta - The University of Alabama. If you havenât watched the Go Live Truly Sisterhood Celebration message, watch now! It is about finding commonalities while accepting the differences, trust, loyalty, philanthropy, respect of self and others, and most importantly love. Thanks for commenting, Elle. But the university administration’s web page on the Delta Zeta sorority makes it clear that DePauw’s leadership doesn’t see it that way: DePauw University is home to the Delta chapter of Delta Zeta but we are not responsible for, nor do we condone, the manner in which the national officers of Delta Zeta carried out their membership review and the subsequent treatment of their members. Please, get a life. 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