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Delta Zeta response: excerpt and Link

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Delta Zeta is saddened by the mischaracterizations and inaccuracies in recent press coverage concerning the chapter at DePauw University. With a steady decline in membership in the Delta Chapter over several years, the viability of the chapter was in question.  In the process of addressing that situation, we misjudged how some of our communications would be received by our members, and we regret that.  Delta Zeta has been working with the University and chapter members for 6 months to create a solution that benefits its women members, the University and the national Delta Zeta organization. We look forward to a resolution and continued discussions with DePauw President Robert Bottoms and others.

Delta Zeta finds it offensive that recent reports have suggested that decisions made at DePauw University were related in any way to our members’ races and nationalities.  Delta Zeta is proud of the diversity of its 207,000 members and alumnae nationwide, which reflect the mandate in our Constitution that members will be selected solely on their merits and without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin or handicap.  On each of our campuses, our faces reflect those of the communities of which we are a part, and it is irresponsible to suggest otherwise.  Without its diverse population, Delta Zeta could not thrive as it does on college campuses today.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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