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Excerpt from Indy Star article on DePauw

Fraternity members snubbed Delta Zeta during Greek traditions, such as “Flower-Ins,” during which men present women with flowers. Holloway said turnout at Delta Zeta talent shows and fundraising events was poor.

Years of disappointment led to a member vote in August to close the DePauw chapter.
Sororities and fraternities routinely close temporarily to regroup amid membership troubles. But Holloway said national groups often seek openings at DePauw, and Delta Zeta had no guarantee it would regain its former spot.
Hence, closing wasn’t an option for the national sorority, she said.
“We’re the second-oldest DZ chapter open,” Holloway said. “They’re really big on the preservation of this chapter, especially because 2009 is the centennial.”
In November, the sorority’s national headquarters conducted a membership review, which involved interviews with members of the DePauw chapter. Many of them wore pantsuits, as if they were heading to job interviews.
The last straw for Holloway was a recruiting event in November for DePauw freshmen, for which “blond” and “skinny” sorority members from Indiana University were brought in.
She quit that night.
The eviction notices came three weeks later.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; 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 current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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