Total Frat Move (TFM), a online hub for the fraternity and sorority world, claims it spoke to almost two dozen Alabama sorority members, who echoed the allegations printed in The Crimson White.
Some claimed that alumnae threatened to cut off funding to their houses if they accepted a black recruit.
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The paper's thorough investigation offers an inside look at what appears to be a legacy of racism that seems to stem less from the students than from their older advisers.
Indeed, the members interviewed had nearly uniform answers: The student in question received high scores but was apparently dropped due to pressure from sorority alumnae or rush advisers.
Pi Beta Phi grand president Paula Shepherd wrote in an email to USA Today that "Pi Beta Phi leadership has begun an investigation of the allegations in The Crimson White article.
The third annual International Women and Girls in Science Day will be celebrated worldwide on Feb."Girls from other schools may not have as intense of a rush as we have here, alums are big $$$ providers…. The decisions made in the 2013 rush season were hardly an anomaly: Only one black woman has ever received a bid to a traditionally white sorority at UA, according to a 2003 article published by the Tuscaloosa News.But in the wake of the recent claims, at least one organization has already sprung to action.The University of Alabama Panhellenic Association has come under fire after The Crimson White, a student paper, published an exposé alleging that at least four sorority chapters denied a black woman a bid simply because of her race.Alpha Gamma Delta member Melanie Gotz told the paper that the woman -- who chose to remain anonymous -- was not properly considered for membership by the chapter, despite being sorority girl gold: a high school salutatorian with a 4.3 GPA, a member of a well-respected family active in public service, and a student with direct ties to the school.