Su Alpha Chi Omega Chapter to Close

Su Alpha Chi Omega Chapter to Close

There are 5 comments on the The Daily Orange story from Jan 29, 2011, titled Su Alpha Chi Omega Chapter to Close. In it, The Daily Orange reports that:

The Lambda Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega at Syracuse University will close as a result of struggles with the sorority's national headquarters, according to a Jan.

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alumn

South Bend, IN

#1 Jan 30, 2011
I think better wording would be that the su chapter is that they ais closing due to struggles with meeting the expectations of a national organization..being a chapter associated with a national organization takes dedication and respect...you can't operate as you wish when you're part of a bigger picture that has over 100 years of history and a high standard for their members.
lambdaforever

United States

#2 Feb 1, 2011
alumn wrote:
I think better wording would be that the su chapter is that they ais closing due to struggles with meeting the expectations of a national organization..being a chapter associated with a national organization takes dedication and respect...you can't operate as you wish when you're part of a bigger picture that has over 100 years of history and a high standard for their members.
I feel deeply insulted that you are accusing my chapter, the Lambda Chapter of lacking dedication and respect. For the past year, I have spent countless hours and weekends trying to meet the national organization's standards in a respectful manner. However, it is clear that they came in with a negative mindset and were determined to close our chapter from the beginning. It was evident in my new member education period when during a formal investigation, I was condemned, mentally and emotionally abused and interrogated to events that I had absolutely no knowledge of. While the national organization may not have seen the Lambda Chapter at it's best, perhaps they should consider that they did not treat us with respect. Lambda members have always stood up for what they believe in which, according to the national organization's shared commitment, is what strong women are. Strong women are "Strong in the courage of their convictions, the confidence in their actions, and the purpose in their hearts." If the Alpha Chi Omega standard does not include strong, individualistic and academically accomplished women then I am glad the national council opened my eyes to the fake sisterhood it tries to sell us. Let's be honest, it is a business. It does not care about its members, otherwise it would try to help them develop better. I have felt abandoned, cheated and legally abused by this organization. I am proud to be a Lambda because Lambda women are Real, Strong Women. I will go on to become a prosperous and famous architect who will fight for the justice and human rights of all mankind. However, AXO will not be a part of that personal development because I have never felt respected by the national organization. I have never felt so injustly and inhumanely treated in my entire life.

In the future, please do not judge women you do not know. Do not judge my moral character and whether or not I meet some arbitrary standards. If you were respectful, you would reserve opinion of others instead of attacking them on an anonymous website. Thank You.
SU Alum

Gouverneur, NY

#3 Feb 2, 2011
The Lambda Chapter has had many decades of fine members. You do not have to defend the Chapter's history. It speaks for itself. No organization exists for over 100 years without strong membership.

From what is being published, a few of the women choose to repeatedly ignore the policies of the National Organization during a time when the Chapter was on probation. It might have been a better tribute to the long standing strong character of AXO if some of the other current members took the steps required to stop these few from jeopardizing the entire organization. For instance, if there were a few members who were doing prohibited things, the rest of the members might have been able to vote to expel them. It looks like the chapter did not choose to do this & by inaction, sanctioned the behavior. So, the National had little choice but to come in & take action. It may have happened a little quickly & certainly the timing was unfortunate, but they may have thought they had no alternative as the rest of the group was not compelling these few (or many) members to adhere to the required standards.

Hopefully the National will consider quickly recolonizing at Syracuse and the future Lambdas will be better able to manage their own members adherence National standards by referring back to this unfortunate time.
lambdaforever

United States

#4 Mar 7, 2011
Actually, we did do what you are referring to. We tried these members and held our members to a higher standard and unfortunately some women did indeed get expelled from the sorority. In fact, the reason for us going on probation in the first place was due to actions by members who had already been asked to leave the chapter. If each chapter is supposed to be a self-governing body and due process is carried out with adequate punishment, shouldn't that be sufficient? But, it's over now and this entire campus hates our Nationals for not only an unfair judgement of our house and how we enforce our standards, but also the indecent way we were treated as our house was being shut down. Good luck recolonizing because honestly, I don't think that the Syracuse community wants to deal with our Headquarters after the struggle that not only our chapter but also our Fraternity and Sorority Affairs has had with them.
lambdalady

Broomall, PA

#5 Mar 7, 2011
Lambdaforever -- that breaks my heart to think that Alpha Chi will not recolonize at SU. I sincerely hope you are mistaken. My question is when will house corp inform the alumnae about the fate of 705 Walnut Ave. I know that many Lambdas are waiting.

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