University of Alabama president admits: ‘Our Greek system remains segregated’ by race

By Scott Kaufman
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 15:03 EDT
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University of Alabama president Judy Broner (Screenshot)
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On Friday, Raw Story reported about the blanket rejection of a “perfect candidate” by the alumnae of the sororities at the University of Alabama because she was black.

According to The Crimson White, Sunday night the president of the University of Alabama, Judy Bonner, met individually with advisors from each sorority. The meetings were closed, but following them, the president of the Alabama Panhellenic Association (APA), Brandi Morrison, reopened the bidding process.

A spokeswoman for Alabama, Cathy Andreen, read from a prepared statement: “Continuous Open Bidding is the opportunity for any Panhellenic chapter that has not reached its total chapter size in the formal recruitment process and/or is below Panhellenic total chapter size to pledge additional new members.”

President Bonner released a statement saying that she will work with local chapters to “remove any real or perceived barriers” to pledging these sororities. “We are going to help our young people do the right thing,” she told the Crimson White.

At a meeting of the APA Monday night, students enrolled in the local sorority chapters agreed to raise the total number of women allowed into each sorority, then released a statement to the Crimson White:

The Presidents and Delegates of the Alabama Panhellenic Association voted to raise Chapter Total to 360, which is size of the largest chapter, to allow all NPC member groups to participate immediately in the continuous open bidding (COB) process.

Andreen said that “[s]tudents who went through the recruitment process but did not receive a bid can be considered. The only stipulation is that they be a full-time female student at UA and meet the sorority’s members requirements, which include academics.”

Watch a message from Dr. Judy Bonner below.

A Message from Dr. Judy Bonner from The University of Alabama on Vimeo.

Scott Kaufman
Scott Kaufman
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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