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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Ramapo's Greeks want to know who's the fairest of them all?

Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all? That seems to be the burning question for the different fraternities and sororities on campus. Several Greek organizations are holding pageant-styled events to raise money for their philanthropies.  Some of the different events include:
  • Sigma GQ-Sigma Sigma Sigma
  • AEcutiePie-Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Miss Ramapo- Sigma Delta Tau
  • Zeta Beta Babe- Zeta Beta Tau
  • Depheer Dude- Delta Phi Epsilon
  • Pi Kappa Cutie- Pi Kappa Alpha
Some of these events are brand new, and others are annual. Both fraternities and sororities are equal perpetrators, as evident from the list provided above. In many ways, these events are extremely positive. They are great sources of revenue for the fraternities and sororities to use to give back to their philanthropies and ultimately the community. On the other hand, the idea of pageants does not sit well with all people. Pageants are often very superficial contests that at some points go past the edge of competition to objectification of its contestants. 

Students have posed the question, are these events truly reflective of what these organizations are about/have to offer? With all of the negative connotation and critical analyses of these types of functions, many have come to question why these events are still being held. The answer may be as simple as: it gets the Ramapo campus to turn out and donate some money to an awesome cause! However, should that be enough of a reason?

Greek organizations dedicate themselves to different values, tenets, and missions that they are supposed to embody in everything that they do. Even with the relative success of these events, is that still enough for the organizations to still put them on? Do these events truly fit into the missions of these different organizations? Honestly, this a question for the organizations themselves, because only they can truly decide what fits into their mission. What do you think?

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