DZ acceptance would degrade Greek life

Delta Zeta has turned on its own members in an effort to revamp the sorority house.Delta Zeta Nationals cleaned out its chapter at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., evicting 23 of its 35 members, most of whom were overweight, black, Korean and Vietnamese, according to a Feb. 25 New York Times article. And, as one of three sororities competing for a spot on TCU’s campus, Delta Zeta has hopefully lost the race.

Delta Zeta has exhibited a disgusting display of prejudice and racism at its worst. The purpose of a sorority is not to ostracize its fellow sisters but to accept like-minded women regardless of their body fat percentages or the color of their skin. The chapter has thrown away the diversity that made it a sorority, which disgraces its name and all who are associated with it.

TCU will bring a new sorority to campus and has selected Delta Zeta, Alpha Phi and Gamma Phi Beta as the three finalists now being considered. However, when Delta Zeta appeared before the Panhellenic Council on Wednesday, it neglected to mention the controversy. Whether the sorority intended to keep the council in the dark to improve its chances or merely forgot about the issue of national concern, such an action is inexcusable. A lie by omission is still a lie.

Panhellenic President Hannah Munsch said the Delta Zeta controversy will be considered in the selection process but may not have any bearing on the final decision.

But the sorority’s actions should sway the vote. By bringing Delta Zeta to campus, TCU would be supporting, in essence, the dishonesty and discrimination displayed by the sorority. Delta Zeta’s association with the university would be degrading. While it’s not the university’s job to discriminate against Delta Zeta, condoning its behavior would give Greek life at TCU a bad name.

Let Alpha Phi or Gamma Phi Beta have the spot.

Opinion editor Lindsey Bever for the editorial board.