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On Tuesday afternoon, the president of the University of Michigan, Mark Schlissel, talked to the Detroit Economic Club (who clearly failed at their job when Detroit went bankrupt in 2013) about the state of Greek life at the school. He touched on the positive effects that the organizations bring to the school. He even went to further lengths to point out that his mission is not to shut down Greek life at Michigan. However, he did warn that the end could be near.
From the Detroit Free Press:
But unless “the students moderate some of the risky behavior … they may naturally wither and people may want to stop joining them,” Schlissel said. “There is a culture problem not only among students of Greek life but significantly inside of Greek life having to do with the overuse of alcohol, which really does need to be moderated.”
Uhhh, so he thinks that the party culture is going to make people want to stop joining. Wait, what? The party culture is literally the main reason to join. Twenty-five percent of Michigan students are in Greek organizations. I think they’ll be just fine.
Schlissel is very concerned that fraternities will turn Michigan’s reputation into a party school.
“Parties at frats and sororities send the wrong message that the University of Michigan is a party school and not a serious research university,” he said.
You know who else is considered a party school, Mark? The Ivy League’s own UPenn. And I’m pretty sure their reputation as an excellent academic institution hasn’t taken a hit at all. This isn’t the first time that the president has been concerned about the value of the Michigan degree declining thanks to Greeks. Back in 2014, he said that people will start thinking of Michigan because of the “I’m Shmacked” videos.
I think we’re all in agreement here on this one, Mark. No one wants to be associated with an “I’m Shmacked” video..
[via Detroit Free Press]
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