Fraternity Definition? Who Gives a Hoot?

QuestionMarkThis week the Collegian ran a story about how borough and university members met to discuss the definition of a fraternity here at Penn State.

Are you bored yet? So was I after reading the first paragraph or so. When I wake up in the morning I like to read news that causes me to spew fruit loops all over my bib, not make me fall asleep face down in my breakfast.

The main point that could be drawn from the article was that suspicions might have arisen about the borough and the university trying to re-invent the definition of a fraternity so defunct frats can’t rent out their property to students. This, of course, would mainly pertain to Phi Delta Theta who lost its charter in 2007 due to alcohol violations. Apparently, some people thought the meeting was an attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of university fraternities, preventing them from doing such things as renting out their property.

It was also reported that the new legislation would change around some technical terms like “affiliate” and “recognition” so that again, property could not be rented out.

The possible conspiracy theory was interesting enough, but according to the article, there were no students or alumni associations attending the meeting. If those two major elements weren’t there, then this probably isn’t that big of an issue.

The Phi Delta Theta saga is starting to become drawn out if you ask me. This story seemed to be just another whack at a horse that’s been long dead.


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