So I had a meeting with my thesis advisor today. We were talking about, go figure, my thesis. My topic, for those who don’t know, is racial diversity awareness within the Interfraternity Council at a large southern school. IFC communities have a history of racial segregation that goes back quite a ways. The oldest organizations were all founded before the abolition of slavery and organizations have a history within their policy of racial discrimination. Look at Sigma Chi’s “White Clause” for an example (It should be noted that Sigma Chi removed this requirement in 1961). It is pretty safe to say that all members of IFC’s have some difficult history that they must deal with. If you think all of this is ancient history, do a quick search on “fraternities black face” and look at the images. These pictures are as recent as 2014.
Still, all of this was not the most interesting part of our discussion. What really caught my attention was when he pointed out the John Worthington Doll on his bookshelve wearing his Roar Omega Roar sweater. My advisor is a huge fan of this monster but had a question for me. He asked if IFC fraternities allowed men to wear letters before joining the organization. See, for those who don’t know, NPHC and other culturally based organizations have a very different process. One that often requires indiscretion and not being associated with intake until the process is complete. I mean to the point that they are often not allowed to wear the color of the organization until their reveal. This may seem a different practice, and if it was something you did not realize I would encourage you to sit down with a friend who has that experiences (and if you don’t have one, it is a great time to make a new friend) and chat with them.
He asked all of this because if you remember correctly, Sulley was allowed to wear the letters of ROR before he became a full brother. This is a small but important description of what fraternity life looks like in a child’s movie. It made for an interesting point.
As a small side note, I get to use pixar in my thesis!!!