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Old 02-15-2018, 11:44 AM
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UC-Berkeley had 20 sororities by 1920, nearly all single letter chapters. University of Illinois had 16 chapters. Much more than Texas.

Yep, SLang is one of those "women" that is the stereotype of the entitled sorority b****
UT is the epicenter of entitled sorority B's. In fact, the whole university is quite full of itself.
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Old 02-15-2018, 04:36 PM
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Profit shares? I gather that is some sort of social event from the context but I absolutely fail to even guess as to what it entails.

And for an active to refer to a 35 year old chapter as though it opened a year ago...for better or worse, things certainly are different there.
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Old 02-15-2018, 07:43 PM
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Please don't judge the entire UT-Austin student body from the statements of the person who joined GreekChat a few days ago. “I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. * * *"

The fact is, for better or for worse, UT-Austin (undergraduate) is not the same school that it was when anyone could attend who had the money to go there. (Don't jump on me about this, at one time this was very true.) Also, having done a substantial portion of my undergraduate work there (though not my Greek affiliation), I am not trying to slam UT-Austin.

Many of the perceived problems encountered by the UT-Austin Greek system stem from the state's "Top 10% Plan" implemented in 1997, which was an attempt to transition away from affirmative action. Though this plan has been tweaked a bit just for UT-Austin, it had the effect of denying admission to many students from upper middle class high schools (i.e., the type who join fraternities) who were not in the top 10 percent. So, many of these upper middle class UT-Austin non-admits now go out of state to places like Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, etc. - or to private Texas universities.

The cold hard fact is that - despite what they think - those who attend UT-Austin are not special or entitled. The average undergraduate at every university in the UT System is receiving an undergraduate education comparable to that they would get at UT-Austin. There are a few exceptional undergraduate programs at UT-Austin, but the quality level at UT-Austin does not begin to separate out until graduate and post graduate programs are taken into consideration.

It is interesting that none of the other 10+ universities in the University of Texas System or the Texas A&M System have the type of complaints that are repeatedly leveled at the UT-Austin Greek organizations. It is depressing, but the long-term (decades out) outlook for UT-Austin Greek organizations appears bleak unless the active members of those groups come to terms with the seismic, socioeconomic shift that occurred in the student body almost two decades ago.

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Old 02-15-2018, 07:56 PM
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Profit shares? I gather that is some sort of social event from the context but I absolutely fail to even guess as to what it entails.
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Profit shares are really common at UT. My daughter does them for her sports team there. It's when a local restaurant/fast food place sponsors a night for them to invite friends to come eat out and in return gives the club a percentage of the profit as a fund raising event.

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Old 02-15-2018, 08:07 PM
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Oh, okay! We do those around here too but they aren't called that.

I was hoping for a party where everyone dressed in three piece suits and walked around carrying briefcases.
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Old 02-16-2018, 01:28 AM
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Oh, okay! We do those around here too but they aren't called that.

I was hoping for a party where everyone dressed in three piece suits and walked around carrying briefcases.
Ha, right? I couldn't get a similar image out of my head.

I guess I've never really known these events to have any kind of a name.
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Old 02-16-2018, 02:54 PM
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I was hoping for a party where everyone dressed in three piece suits and walked around carrying briefcases.
Ha ha! There's a visual! I guess if it was held on the day of the business school's job fair that would be a possibility!!!
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Old 02-18-2018, 06:40 PM
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For OOS girls going to UT - it is very important to connect with girls from your high school at UT and are in sororities (if there are any). You need to do everything you can to level the playing field regarding connections. As a fellow California family, we got 2-3 letters of rec for each sorority, and didn't know about "letters of support". I don't know whether it made much of a difference either way - I view it is each sorority just got more "paperwork" that was probably redundant.

There is a great guide that we used like a Bible - google the Houston area panhellenic recruitment guide - this way you will know what your "competitors" are doing. Read up on the attire for Rush, and don't be afraid to dress it up a bit, many girls do this.

Practice your conversation skills - being OOS is a great conversation starter and way to be remembered. As said up thread, there are a few sororities that primarily draw from the same Texas neighborhoods/camps - no biggie, there are plenty of sororities that actually get to know you and assess your fit. Be ready for a long, exhausting, hot week - the humidity is the hardest thing to get used to. There are things you can bring with you to help cope with the heat.

Good luck!
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