For years, IUP has attempted to get rid of the image it has within the state as a “party school.”
It has done so by having both the campus police and borough police carry out stricter enforcement at students’ parties.
On special events in Indiana, such as the infamous “IUPatty’s” and IUP Homecoming, the police seem to break up any gathering that can be seen outside with more than 10 to 15 people, except for a select group of houses.
This year, during the first week of classes, known as “sylly week,” the police were back in action, breaking up gatherings at off-campus homes.
Again, the police seemed to miss a select group of houses.
These houses are the homes of IUP’s Greek life.
During “IUPatty’s” and on most weekends, most fraternities and some unofficial sorority houses host huge parties that are easily visible to any passers-by.
Why is it that “non-Greek” students’ gatherings are broken up, but the “Greek” students can host parties with numbers oftentimes reaching triple digits?
What kind of example is the police force and university setting for present and future IUP students?
That if they want to indulge in college festivities they have to join Greek life or subject themselves to the events and conditions at those places?
Although not proven, it seems that many of the over-the-top issues that happen at parties here at IUP happen at these Greek homes.
Must we be reminded of the death of Caleb Zweig during the 2016 fall semester, in which he was allegedly beaten and left for dead by his “brothers?”
Or what about the constant peer pressure applied to everyone in attendance to continue drinking to the point of passing out or alcohol poisoning?
Not to mention the constant threat of sexual harassment many girls endure at the fraternities.
Many non-Greek students have more sensible parties on weekends with smaller numbers and groups of close friends.
On “Frat Row,” the popular Greek party destination, houses constantly have parties on weekdays, and as long as you’re a “cute” girl with a pulse, you’re welcome to join.
Again, not all Greek life is bad. In fact many of the organizations volunteer to clean up after some weekends. But oftentimes they are the ones who make the biggest messes, with beer cans and plastic cups from their kegs.
And the police force, both local and campus, usually do a great job at keeping the streets safe for all.
But just maybe there should be an equal playing field for all Greek and non-Greek gatherings. IUP could benefit by protecting the school’s image and possibly seeing enrollment numbers added.