More to NDSU than Greek Life
Homecoming court not fully representative
Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 16:10
This year’s homecoming court is a bit unrepresentative of the NDSU campus, especially when it comes to the female candidates. All of the women who made it onto court have one thing in common: Greek life.
This seems fine until you actually look at how many people are involved in Greek life in comparison to NDSU as a whole. About seven hundred students are involved in Greek life—which may seem like a lot—but is measly approximate 4.8 percent of the entire campus community.
This seems strange to me since homecoming has been marketed toward all students and has not been focused on Greek life at all, until I took a look at the court.
The nomination process starts at the beginning of the semester. Each organization gets two applications in their mailbox—student organizations have mailboxes in the Student Activities Office in the Memorial Union. Organizations have the opportunity to nominate one person for king and one for queen; nominees then fill out an application and are interviewed by eight judges.
The judging panel includes two university alumni, two faculty members, two staff members and two NDSU students who are chosen to “not be biased,” according to Campus Attractions, who partners with Blue Key to put on the homecoming show.
The judges’ names are kept confidential as well, so there is no way to figure out what went into that decision-making process.
With that said, I have no idea who else was nominated. Aren’t any organizations proud of what they do and what their key members do? Is it not enough to get involved and actually be recognized on campus for everything members put into their organizations? Or were specific organizations nominated and were just not chosen for unknown reasons?
When I sought this information, I was told that the list of applicants is destroyed after the court is chosen. This seems strange to me as well. The nomination process for homecoming is completely public, so it doesn’t make sense that the nominees would be confidential.
Some of the information on the application include academic honors; activities and offices held; work, community service and volunteer experience; special interests/hobbies; a section where the applicant explains why he or she chose NDSU; and his or her most memorable experience.
I have a hard time believing, that out of over 14,000 students, the only ones that are outstanding students academically, hold leadership roles and contribute to the community are members of Greek life.
If this is because of nominations, I am disappointed in the organizations. You should be proud of the organizations you are apart of and willing to put them out there. However, maybe the lack of involvement is because of lack of confidence. I would be hesitant about running as well if the majority of the court is involved in Greek life.
It almost seems like a requirement. Many organizations, and the university itself, harp on diversity, yet we cannot even show it in an event as large and promoted as homecoming. I think NDSU is better than that.
Emma is a senior majoring in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @emmajheaton2.