Wednesday, October 24, 2018
"Why Colleges Tolerate Fraternities" (Vox, "Overrated")
Phil Edwards, a “nerd” narrates “Why Colleges Tolerate Fraternities”, 7 minutes, in Vox’s “Overrated” series.
At one time they were banned because of connection to the Masons and the fear of secrecy.
But as college enrollment soared after 1900, colleges found that fraternities were a good tool for “distributive discipline” (even if that started with hazing) and later a source of alumni money.
Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society, was a fraternity and got started at William and Mary (from which I was expelled in 1961 in the freshman semester, but I’ve covered that before, as well as the “Tribunals”).