Saturday, November 10, 2012

Speaker encourages panhellenic members to buy in or get out - Daily Campus - Southern Methodist University

David Stollman tells it right.

Speaker encourages panhellenic members to buy in or get out - Daily Campus - Southern Methodist University

The simple statement “Buy In or Get Out” flashed on the screen in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom Sunday evening as Panhellenic women from each sorority chapter on campus filled the room for the “Stand Up, Stand Out” lecture by David Stollman.

“I’m not here to blow sunshine at you,” Stollman said. “I’m pretty blunt and pretty honest.”

Stollman, who is the co-founder of Campuspeak and hazingprevention.org, has traveled to campuses countrywide for 15 years, encouraging Greek communities to “inject some backbone into their membership standards.”

As an active volunteer for his fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon and the current chapter advisor for Alpha Sigma Tau sorority at New York University, Stollman has his finger on the pulse of Greek life, its stereotypes, and what needs to be done to fix them.

“I do what I do because I believe in sororities and fraternities. This is what I do by choice, because what we do makes a difference,” he said.

Stollman immediately engaged the audience with his humor, cracking jokes about the common stereotypes that describe fraternities and sororities. He then had the audience call out adjectives that are frequently used to describe members of Greek life. A few included jerks, alcoholics, hazers, partiers, snobs and airheads.

“Would our founders be proud?” he asked.

To enforce his point, Stollman showed a slideshow of pictures of college Greeks around the country, doing exactly what those adjectives described. He proved that there is much that needs to be fixed when it comes to the current image of Greek life.

“I don’t want these stereotypes hung around my neck,” he said.  “Be the ones that don’t tolerate it.”