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Mar 102015
 

The Author has researched the association of fraternity membership and authoritarianism 24 years ago as an undergraduate. The copyrighted paper “Fraternity Membership and Authoritarianism © 1981” as well as commentary and ways to decrease unhealthy behavior such as such as hazing and bullying have all been addressed in previous articles in  The Hygiology Post ®.

Yesterday, the article from Reuters news service “Oklahoma University shuts ‘disgraceful’ fraternity for racist video” (https://news.yahoo.com/fraternity-leadership-closes-oklahoma-chapter-racist-video-061618716.html;_ylt=AwrBT.LVG_9U.A4AOaBXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEzZHYzZ29tBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDVklQMjQ0XzEEc2VjA3Nj; obtained on 3-10-2015) “By Heide Brandes” began the followig way:

“NORMAN, Okla. (Reuters) – The University of Oklahoma closed a fraternity linked to a video of students singing racial epithets, ordered its members to move out of the house and labeled the actions of those involved ‘disgraceful.’

‘Effective immediately, all ties and affiliations between the university and the local SAE (Sigma Alpha Epsilon) chapter are hereby severed,’ University President David Boren said on Monday.

Members have until midnight on Tuesday to vacate the premises. People could be seen loading goods into moving trucks behind the fraternity house on Monday.

In the 10-second video posted online on Sunday and replayed by media outlets, students on a bus chanted in unison, using offensive language referring to blacks and vowing to never admit them into the fraternity.”

It was 1978 that I was a Freshman at Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The same named Fraternity Chapter, Sigma Alpha Epsilon or otherwise known as SAE, was recruiting Freshmen to be part of their Fraternity. Being what I considered to be open-minded, I allowed SAE to let me know more about their National Fraternity and Local Chapter at Case Western Reserve University. There were several reasons why I chose not to be in this Fraternity which included a lot of attempts to control thinking of members and blatant hazing. Interestingly, I even received a pledge book with John Edgar Hoover (January 1, 1895 – May 2, 1972), the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States discussing the dangers of communism in the booklet. It seems that Fraternity members (still) exhibit a relatively high degree of Authoritarianism. However, unlike 24 years ago I now make this statement without having researched it through actual experimentation and testing students like I did at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1981.

 

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Louis DeCola, Jr.  © 2015                                    The Hygiology Post ®