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Old 10-07-2015, 05:43 PM
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*The Machine* Won't Let Sorority Vote For Its Own Member For Homecoming Queen

When will it ever end Alabama? *smh*

Article 1 http://www.cw.ua.edu/article/2015/10...begins-at-home

Article 2 http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/..._must_add.html

Article 3 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...b022a4ce5fa05d
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Old 10-07-2015, 07:30 PM
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*Smh*, indeed. It all seems so silly to the rest of the world. It sounds like things may be slowly changing, though, and that's good.

I feel for the Alpha Gam homecoming candidate who doesn't have a banner or any support at her own chapter house! That is just weird and wrong. I would feel so hurt and disappointed and let down.

It's also frustrating to know how controlled by the boys these young women are. I get it, I know it happens, but I wish they could just realize how much power they do have, collectively. Instead they're letting the boys assign their value and popularity. Again, very frustrating since these are groups that are supposed to strengthen and empower women.
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Old 10-07-2015, 08:06 PM
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...I wish they could just realize how much power they do have, collectively.
I agree...there are MANY more sorority members than fraternity members. The sororities ought to be taking over the Machine and running it.
Rest assured, though, that not everyone votes the way the Machine dictates.
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Old 10-07-2015, 08:24 PM
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The references to the "first class of black women" (they're not all in the same pledge class so what on earth does this mean) and "first four black women to join" are wrong, there were African-American members in the NPC groups previously. Do your research people.
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Old 10-07-2015, 10:23 PM
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My mind is boggled by the statement that Alabama doesn't have an inclusion/diversity office. My university has a Vice President of Inclusion, who serves in the President's Cabinet and heads a whole division of various offices, centers, initiatives, etc. To not have anything like this at a major university speaks volumes.
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Old 10-07-2015, 11:35 PM
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She has her campaign page on fb -->https://www.facebook.com/halle4queen
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Old 10-07-2015, 11:44 PM
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My mind is boggled by the statement that Alabama doesn't have an inclusion/diversity office. My university has a Vice President of Inclusion, who serves in the President's Cabinet and heads a whole division of various offices, centers, initiatives, etc. To not have anything like this at a major university speaks volumes.
I agree. Completely mind-boggling.
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Old 10-07-2015, 11:46 PM
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The candidates --> http://theodysseyonline.com/alabama/...didates/185064
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Old 10-08-2015, 12:20 AM
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My mind is boggled by the statement that Alabama doesn't have an inclusion/diversity office. My university has a Vice President of Inclusion, who serves in the President's Cabinet and heads a whole division of various offices, centers, initiatives, etc. To not have anything like this at a major university speaks volumes.
Bama has the Crossroads Community Center instead of a diversity office. There is a director, program assistant, and student staff, though no cabinet position:

http://crossroads.ua.edu/


*ETA: Checked for a strategic plan of some sort -- this falls under the Office of Equal Opportunity -- the Strategic Diversity Plan:

http://eop.ua.edu/

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Old 10-08-2015, 12:45 AM
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The references to the "first class of black women" (they're not all in the same pledge class so what on earth does this mean) and "first four black women to join" are wrong, there were African-American members in the NPC groups previously. Do your research people.
There are a number of inaccuracies and misleading omissions in that article. As Greek-centric as the Bama campus appears, there is (and always has been) a strong anti-Greek sentiment among many on campus (even beyond objection to machine activity).

Wishing Halle Lindsay the best -- I won't be surprised if she wins (which might be an awkward congrats banner situation for Alpha Gam). No one can actually dictate how individuals vote, and Halle does have some public support of sisters -- here is a blog by an AGD supporting Halle for HQ:

https://herunpopularopinion.wordpres...-fights-alone/
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Old 10-08-2015, 12:46 AM
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The candidates were narrowed to the 5 finalists yesterday:

http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/articl...news/151009819
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Old 10-08-2015, 03:05 AM
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Old 10-08-2015, 03:15 AM
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So, I scoured GC for 'Machine' threads and found this in one:

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Alabama's Machine may be the longest running/best known, and the secret to their success was secrecy, political skills, maybe a little money from alumni, and organization.

If almost all of Alabama's Greeks can vote for the Machine's candidates, they win.

And if an outstanding dedicated non-Machine candidate runs, he might find he's also opposed by several attractive non-Machine-ites, and the non-Greek vote is split - Machine wins.

And if the non-Machine guy happens to win, he faces a student govt. already filled with Machine allies, and few real changes are possible.

At UGa, it is said that the (Gridiron?) machine Student Body Pres. is promised a seat in the state legislature as soon as he gets a law degree.
from this thread http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/sh...hlight=machine
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Old 10-08-2015, 09:15 AM
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This makes me crazy. I have seen it happen over the years when a sorority ends up with more than 1 Homecoming candidate and can you imagine the pain of the candidate(s) who don't get their sorority's backing.
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Old 10-08-2015, 09:28 AM
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This makes me crazy. I have seen it happen over the years when a sorority ends up with more than 1 Homecoming candidate and can you imagine the pain of the candidate(s) who don't get their sorority's backing.
I suppose if someone chooses to run despite the fact that their sorority has already selected their top candidate, the individual deciding to run against their group's best wishes is sort of making that an inevitable outcome, right?
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