Greek community reacts to #StandUptoHarvard

Cali Kees

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#StandUptoHarvard is a hashtag that has gained major traction this past week.

Harvard has introduced sanctions that bar any member of same-sex finals clubs and greek organizations from holding campus leadership positions having opportunities for fellowships and scholarships. On Monday several fraternities and sororities filed two lawsuits saying that the sanctions are sex discrimination under Title IX and the first amendment.

These sanctions were first introduced by former University President Drew Faust in 2016. This announcement sparked a womens protest only days later.

Students affiliated with Greek life across the country have taken to social media to show support for the many crippled organizations at Harvard that have closed in the wake of these sanctions and those who are continuing the fight.

Kyle Lopez, former Quinnipiac interfraternal council president, was outraged after first hearing about this news.

“Greek life gives you those skills that you need in order to run a different facet of the community,” Lopez said.

A screenshot of a post on Chi Omega national headquater’s Instagram story, voicing their support for the greek organizations standing up to Harvard.

He believes incoming students at Harvard are going to be missing out on countless opportunities that members of greek life often benefit from.

“So in terms of the students coming in I think they’re going to be done a huge diservice in terms of future jobs, businesses and things like that and in terms of different leadership positions that they may gain from greek life,” Lopez said.

Many sororities and fraternities national headquarters have spoken out about the situation.

Amelia Toye, a member of Quinnipiac’s Iota Mu chapter of Chi Omega, says that she’s proud that Chi Omega national headquaters has voiced their support.

“I take to heart everything that our national organization does,” she said. “The fact that they’re able to kind of look at the situation and say listen this isn’t fair, they have the same right to be apart of our organization as any other person.”