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February 18, 1990
I was disturbed with Beth Ann Krier's article "Frat Row: At Middlebury College, Sexism Puts Traditional Greek Houses on the Ropes" (Feb. 9). Krier buried what I feel was an important fact of the story in paragraph four, in parentheses no less: that Middlebury has no sororities, therefore no alternative for women students. If a college offers no alternative for women, then the campus itself could be accused of sexism. Instead of pressuring fraternities to admit women, the university should encourage the women to organize sororities and perhaps even assist them in doing so. JOAN E. BLANKENSHIP, San Gabriel
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December 6, 2012 | By Andrew Khouri
A photograph of Penn State sorority members donning sombreros and ponchos has landed the school's Chi Omega chapter on probation. In the picture , some of the women have fake mustaches festooned to their lips, and one woman is holding a sign that reads: “Will mow lawn for weed + beer.” "I am disappointed in the choices made by our Nu Gamma Chapter members and we regret any pain caused," Chi Omega's national president, Letitia Fulkerson, said...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2001
Re "Sorority System in No Rush to Integrate," Sept. 10: It is sad indeed that all 15 of the University of Alabama's white sororities have declined to accept university junior Melody Twilley into membership--and admit a black woman to their ranks for the first time. But what is even more sad is that Twilley, who is described as mature, intelligent and outgoing, should want to submit herself to the degrading sorority system in the first place. There is no reason why young women should feel they need to ingratiate themselves with these exclusive clubs.
NATIONAL
October 27, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Betty Culbreath is normally not a fearful person. That changed when she learned that four women raped in their homes nearby were fellow Delta Sigma Theta sorority alumnae — all in their 50s and 60s. Culbreath, 70, went out to her car and removed her Delta license plate holder. She heeded the advice of the national president of the sorority to think twice before wearing Delta clothing or accessories, much of it in the sorority's signature color, red. The crimes "made me fearful, more precautious," she said.
NEWS
February 19, 1990 | Associated Press
Leaders of eight national black fraternities and sororities have announced an agreement to eliminate hazing by banning the pledging process. A resolution passed Saturday declared that each organization should develop its own initiation process limited to ceremonial rituals. The leaders said the resolution stemmed from their concern about hazing excesses at some colleges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
Health officials are investigating a possible outbreak of a food-borne illness Sunday at a convention of sorority members. More than 600 sorority members and alumni from 10 Southland universities attended the event. Four of the schools report illnesses, with symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fever.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1991 | ERIK HAMILTON
The City Council this week approved a request by Cal State Fullerton sorority Alpha Delta Pi to build a two-car garage and conference room at the sorority's present location. The decision came after the sorority revised its original plans. Last December, the Planning Commission rejected the project after nearby residents complained that it would be a neighborhood nuisance. Neighbors objected to a proposed second-story deck and the location designated for a conference room.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1993 | WILLSON CUMMER
To raise awareness among women about breast cancer, members of a Cal State Fullerton sorority will distribute cards today that show how to complete a breast self-examination. Every 11 minutes, a woman dies of breast cancer, and early detection of the cancer by self-examination is the best hope for survival, according to the National Cancer Institute. The waterproof cards read "Don't Be a Fool," and are made to be hung from a shower nozzle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1987
Arson investigators Friday sifted through the charred remains of a Westwood sorority house where a blaze forced 51 students to flee into the night. City Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells said that the cause was unknown and that a routine investigation by arson specialists was ordered in the fire that did $180,000 damage to the Kappa Delta sorority house near UCLA, slightly injuring three people. About 30 firefighters from five engine companies managed to extinguish the blaze at 10:06 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Police searched a UC Berkeley sorority house Monday after a man was found dead there. Authorities said they did not believe the unidentified victim, a man in his early 20s, was killed in the Alpha Omicron Pi house. Sorority members told investigating officers that the man knocked on the door about 2:30 a.m. Monday. They reported that he had a gunshot wound and collapsed inside, said Officer Ed Galvan, a spokesman for Berkeley police.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2009 | DENISE MARTIN
Even if you haven't watched in a while, talk about: "America's Next Top Model." The 13th cycle of the CW show is the shorty edition! Aspiring models 5-foot-7 and under only, please. And because their dreams are far-fetched to begin with -- Tyra may be saying yes, ladies, but designers will be saying no -- this group of girls is more desperate and high-pitched than any others in recent memory. Love it. (Wednesday) You'll want to talk about: "Sorority Row" If only to watch someone from "The Hills" get whacked in a most awesomely gruesome way in the first 10 minutes!
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Bailey Hanks has yet to stage her Broadway debut, but already she's got an entourage worthy of Patti LuPone. Surrounded by a team of publicists, family members and plates of sandwiches, the 20-year-old sorority girl from Anderson, S.C., was preparing Tuesday to take over the role of Elle Woods in the musical "Legally Blonde" at the Palace Theater. Last month, Hanks was a nobody. Tonight, she becomes a leading lady, playing the pink-loving heroine in a show beloved by teen and 'tween girls who, like, seriously know all the words to the songs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2008 | Tim Reiterman and Rich Connell, Times Staff Writers
A 21-year-old UC Berkeley senior from Bellflower was fatally stabbed during a fight early Saturday in a sorority parking lot blocks from campus, and police arrested a man seen running from the scene, authorities said. Christopher Wootton, an engineering student and Sigma Pi fraternity officer who was weeks away from graduation, was stabbed about 2:45 a.m. in the Chi Omega sorority parking lot. Wootton died en route to a hospital, police said.
BUSINESS
February 10, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Converse Inc. will share sales revenue from shoes bearing the colors and founding dates of black fraternities and sororities to settle a trademark infringement lawsuit filed by the Greek organizations, Converse and the groups said. The organizations will drop the lawsuit they filed in Dallas federal court in 2003, and North Andover, Mass.-based Converse will pay them a percentage of revenue on each product sold that bears their trademarks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
Health officials are investigating a possible outbreak of a food-borne illness Sunday at a convention of sorority members. More than 600 sorority members and alumni from 10 Southland universities attended the event. Four of the schools report illnesses, with symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fever.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Police searched a UC Berkeley sorority house Monday after a man was found dead there. Authorities said they did not believe the unidentified victim, a man in his early 20s, was killed in the Alpha Omicron Pi house. Sorority members told investigating officers that the man knocked on the door about 2:30 a.m. Monday. They reported that he had a gunshot wound and collapsed inside, said Officer Ed Galvan, a spokesman for Berkeley police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 1994 | ALICIA DOYLE
As Kimberly Smith sat holding a torn-open white envelope, she couldn't help but smile about the contents within. This was no ordinary invitation. Printed on the tiny piece of paper was Smith's acceptance to the Delta Delta Delta sorority, her first choice among six on the Cal State Northridge campus. "At first, I didn't want to join," admitted the freshman. "But I thought about how I really don't talk to my friends from high school anymore and thought this would be a good way to meet people."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A six-month ban on alcohol consumption at fraternity and sorority events at UC Berkeley was lifted Thursday for most of the organizations, campus officials announced. The decision follows the completion by fraternity and sorority leaders of a plan to exert greater control over student drinking, better manage parties and take action against defiant chapters.
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November 22, 2005 | Jenny Jarvie, Times Staff Writer
Tottering on stilettos, Amira Shalash, a freshman at the University of Kentucky, tossed back her long, tousled hair and tugged at the neckline of her sweater, which had slipped off her shoulder. Giggling, her friends -- who wear hijabs, traditional Muslim head scarves -- teased her that she was not dressed modestly enough. The nine young women were gathered to learn about the nation's first Islamic sorority.
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