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Lochner, Louis P. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 14, Number 8 (May 1913)

Roe, Frederick W.
Faculty control of student interests,   pp. [408]-410


Page [408]


FACULTY CONTROL OF STUDENT INTERESTS
    PROFESSOR FREDERICK W. ROE, CHAIRMAN STUDENT INTERESTS' COMMITTEE
editor of THEe WiscoN-
ALuMNI MAGAZINE has
ied me to give to the
.mni a brief account of
  work of the Faculty
adent Interests' Corn-
           mittee  for  the  present
year. The committee is charged with
the regulation of various social or-
ganizations, of non-athletic activities,
and of social life. I will take up each
matter in turn.
   Two years ago the regents and fac-
uly undertook to regulate fraterni-
ties and sororities on the principle
that freshmen should not be admitted
to membership, thus putting these
groups on a three-year basis. The
regulation has been enforced during
the past year for the first time: Fra-
ternities andsororities agreed among
themselves to abandon all ostentatious
,rushing, and to restrict informal rush-
ing to a definite period. The agree-
ment of the fraternities differs from
that of the sororities: the men ac-
cepted a four-week rushing period,
beginning the second week of the sec-
ond semester; the women adopted a
plan   extending  through  the  year
whereby they might entertain not
more than three freshmen at any one
time. Neither of the agreements have
proved satisfactory. The rushing pe-
riods were much too long, and too
much time and energy were consumed
alike on the part of upperclassmen
and freshmen. Moreover, under this
agreement the spirit of faculty regu-
lation, that freshmen should not affil-
iate with fraternities, has been too
largely compromised. From the sec-
ond week of the second semester, men
in the freshman class have more or
less affiliated with fraternities; and
all through the year the freshmen wo-
men have been informally rushed.
  In order to remedy these defects
and to adhere more closely   to  the
principle involved, the Student In-
terests' Committee presented to the
faculty at its April meeting addi-
tional regulations for the control of
fraternities and sororities. Three rec-
ommendations were submitted: first,
that there shall be no ostentatious
rushing  at any   time; second, that
there shall be no rushing and pledg-
ing of freshmen before the first day
of May; third, that whenever, by a
three-fourths majority, the fraterni-
ties or soroarities, or both, shall adopt
further regulations for their control,
not in violation of the faculty regu-
lations, the Student Interests' Com-
mittee shall have power, subject to
the approval of the faculty, to make
such action binding upon all frater-
nities or sororities. These were passed
by the faculty, and have since been
adopted by the regents. They place
both fraternities and sororities on a
uniform basis. They postpone rush-
ing and pledging to near the end of
the  freshman   year, thus keeping
freshmen entirely apart from these
groups. They give them, however,
entire freedom to make rushing and
pledging agreements to   take effect
after May first. Some have favored
postponement of    all rushing  and
pledging to the beginning of the
sophomore year, but it seems fairer to
allow fraternities to make up their
delegations before the end of the year,
in order that they may know on


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