Category Archives: GREEK LIFE

Ohio University’s Greek Life Response to Sexual Assault

Rachel Mark | | rm023716@ohio.edu

When I first stepped foot on campus for my second year at Ohio University, I never would have imagined that my email would be flooded with warnings from the Ohio University Police Department about multiple rapes and even a kidnapping. Within a small span of two weeks, four rapes were already reported. I really tried to not think about the assaults that have occurred but have gone unreported and unnoted.

The streets that I used to feel safe on suddenly turned eerie and sinister. I found myself constantly looking around when I had to walk home alone from Baker one night. Every car that passed had me jumping, wondering if I would be thrown inside, and every male that walked behind me on the sidewalk made me nervous and ready to run in a moment’s notice. I hated feeling completely terrified every time I had to walk somewhere at night, and it hurt knowing thousands of other women on campus were feeling the same exact way.

Since some students at Ohio University still cannot grasp the basic concept of consent, I felt that there needed to be a crash course for those students still struggling with the very complicated phrase of “no.”

How To Understand Consent Like A Human Being

1. If someone tells you “no,” don’t have sex with that person, and don’t touch that person.
2. If someone tells you “I don’t know,” you’re making them uncomfortable, and this is not an opportunity to practice your persuasion skills.
3. “I guess” is still not a solid “yes.”
4. If the person gives no response, the answer is no. Silence does not equal yes.
5. The person can revoke their decision at any time! Consent is not a legal binding contract. Anyone is allowed to change their mind and back out.
6. Consent equals a clear, enthusiastic yes.
7. If the person is slurring his or her words and is incapable to stand, they are in no way able to make a thoughtful decision on consent.
8. Giving a person more alcohol in order to get them to say “yes” is not consent.

The most important thing people can remember to do is to not be a bystander. Make sure your friends are safe and not walking around alone. If you see a person at a party that is clearly not okay, make sure they get home safe with the right people. If one of your friends is not taking no for an answer, call them out on their inappropriate actions.

Overall, I’m glad I’m part of a community that takes assaults seriously. Our little town has put in effort to stop assaults from the giant GroupMe made to make sure people get home safe, to the banners that sororities and fraternities have hung outside their houses and even to local businesses, such as Lotsa Pizza, which offers a safe place for students to go when they feel in danger. As you can tell, our students of Ohio University have been working hard to offer aid and protection to our fellow Bobcats.

Photo by: Rachel Mark

Photo by: Rachel Mark

Stereotyping Sororities: Viewpoints from Inside and Outside the Sisterhood

Lifestyle Writer| Ian Kenyon | Ik656315@ohio.edu | @iankenyon13

Walking down campus these past couple of weeks, I’m sure you’ve noticed the hordes of girls in high heels and dresses, dressed to impress the sorority leaders during rush week. However, many of the girls who didn’t participate had some harsh to say about the girls who did. Sorority girls have been stereotyped to be the ditsiest, yet also the prettiest, girls on any college campus.

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6th Annual Bare On The Bricks: Glowing for a Cause

Lifestyle Writer| Rachel Sinistro | rs651613@ohio.edu

bricksaOn April 16 Ohio University students bared it all (well, almost all) in the sixth annual Bare on the Bricks Run also known as the Nearly Naked Mile. The run is put on by the Student Alumni Board and Phi Kappa Psi in an effort to collect donations for local non-profits fighting homelessness. The run is usually put on in the month of February, but this year due to unfortunate weather circumstances it was postponed until April. Also in contrast to the early morning run in previous years, this run had a nighttime glow in the dark theme. Continue reading 6th Annual Bare On The Bricks: Glowing for a Cause

How to Survive Greek Week

Lifestyle Writer | Caitlyn Adams | ca023612@ohio.edu

What's the one thing that can bring over thirty organizations together? Greek Week. Image via ohio.edu
What’s the one thing that can bring over 30 organizations together? Greek Week.
Image via ohio.edu

Here at Ohio University, Greek Life is a growing aspect of the college experience. During last fall alone there were roughly 800 women that went through the formal recruitment process for sororities. With over 30 social fraternities and sororities on campus today, it’s not surprising that there is an entire week dedicated to being Greek. Continue reading How to Survive Greek Week

DIY: Sorority Paddles

Culture Section Editor | Jackie Petre | jp774811@ohio.edu | @jackie_janelle

As I sit here between coats of paint, I can’t help but think now is the perfect time to write a DIY article on tips for making your big or little a paddle.

As a seasoned sorority girl, I like to think I’ve pretty much nailed it when it comes to crafting of all sorts. Paddles in particular are something special to Greek Life, as they are a handmade gift given between big and little brothers or sisters when the little is initiated.

Here are a few key things to remember for first-time crafters to make the perfect paddle.

Looking for the perfect gift to give your Big or Little? Make a paddle. Photo Credit: Jackie Petre
Looking for the perfect gift to give your Big or Little? Make a paddle.
Photo Credit: Jackie Petre

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FANGLE Greek Files: Phi Delta Theta

Lifestyle Editor | Diana Wiebe | dw923311@ohio.edu | @DoctorDwiebe

This week we are profiling a senior from the fraternity Phi Delta Theta. Here’s what
Andrew Carf had to say about his time with the Phi Delts.

Photo Caption: Andrew Carf, pictured in the middle, hangs out with his two favorite  littles at the Phi Delta Theta Formal last April.
Andrew Carf, pictured in the middle, hangs out with his two favorite
littles at the Phi Delta Theta Formal last April.

Name: Andrew Carf
Major: Marketing
Year: Senior
Relationship Status: Taken

FANGLE: Why Phi Delta Theta?
Andrew Carf: When I first came to school, I was kind of against the fraternity culture because of horror stories about hazing and binge drinking. I was a sheltered incoming freshman, but then, once I was brought around to the guys of Phi Delta
Theta by my freshman roommate, I discovered that that’s really not what it’s all about. We have our fun, but that’s a small portion of what we do.
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