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EDITORIAL: Greek Week changes bad for Greeks, Doane

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Doane is getting rid of the traditional Greek Week without consulting any of the students that will actually be affected by the change.

Greek Week is a tradition that all sororities and fraternities practice once a year, and for most members it is a cherished event. The changes of this week leave a lot of questions of what the benefits will be for students.

The biggest change is instead of having all Greek activity hours in one week, administration is stretching them out through a course of six weeks. The change is said to be because of hazing, according to 2017-18 Greek Council President Nina Theiler. But there hasn't been any information on hazing distributed before the Greek Life change. Did hazing occur at Doane this last year? If so, why is this the first anyone is hearing about it?

If Doane wanted to change Greek Week because of hazing, they should have consulted groups about it beforehand and worked with them to find a solution. The groups are the ones hosting and putting on their own Greek Weeks, and therefore should have a say in what is changed. If hazing was a problem on campus, administration should have made that clear to students, to make this change more understandable and not such a surprise.

There were also no steps taken from the alleged events of hazing to the change of Greek Week. This change might drastically affect students, and alumni, of Greek groups. Since Greek Week is the main focus of Greek Life every year, the widespread change of the event could affect how alumni view Doane as a whole.

In order to avoid students deactivating from groups, alumni disassociating with Doane and other negative changes, Doane should have consulted groups about hazing and how they are thinking of changing Greek Week in response. Administration and the groups working together could have come up with a solution that would have left students more satisfied with their time on campus and in Greek Life. Instead, Doane has decided to treat its adult students like children, passing down rules to the people who's tuition makes the school function, rather than working with them to solve the problem.