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Greek Life Evolves

Rules for alcohol and visiting hours are up for discussion.

Todd McCubbin, M Ed ’95

Todd McCubbin, M Ed ’95. Photo by Rob Hill.

Alumni have offered a lot of feedback recently regarding changes proposed for MU’s Greek Life — things such as serving no alcohol other than beer at parties and instituting visiting hours for women in fraternity houses. A consortium of fraternity alumni (not affiliated with the alumni association) developed proposals to address student safety, particularly with regard to sexual assault. Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin’s Summit on Sexual Assault and Student Safety in Fraternity Houses to discuss the proposals went well.

Many of the alumni I heard from were concerned that changes could alter traditional aspects of social life in the Greek system. I understand that sentiment. But I would hope folks also consider that on today’s campus things are different, and institutions must calibrate themselves to new realities.

The summit brought various parties together on the issue, and everyone’s views were heard, including those of students, alumni and administrators. It was apparent that students want to take ownership of how matters should evolve. Our alumni also want to preserve and enhance the Mizzou experience because they have the interests of our students and campus at heart.

In the end, Mizzou and Greek Life will be better for the dialogue. Having one of the nation’s largest Greek systems is an asset. Greeks prove themselves as campus leaders and often initiate service projects. Thousands of alumni have benefited from such experiences. It is my hope that future changes only strengthen the Greek system for years to come.