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Students want actions after alleged sorority discrimination

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Since sorority alumnae allegedly blocked two African American students from pledging, their classmates have rallied perhaps the biggest force yet on campus to stop what Archie Creech calls " institutionalized racism on this campus and we feel like the University needs to do something about it, transparently and honestly."

Creech is among other students, some faculty and sorority members banding together.  The have a round of strategic protests in the works.  Although they won't say what, the rallies will entail a command for strong action. "Big enough to where the University will respond to it quickly. We want the University to understand that the entire campus is behind an end to this discrimination," added Creech.

 Members of the group say U.A. President Judy Bonner's meet with sorority advisors Sunday is a positive step, but not enough. "We're going to put pressure on administration to enact long-term sustained goals to improve race relations on campus," said Khortlan Patterson another student who has also joined the protest group.

In Monday's Crimson White campus newspaper, the group demanded the university take at-least six steps including a requirement for all greek organizations to adopt non-discriminatory practices.  The penalty for failing to meet the requirement leases on sorority houses being revoked. "We want the University to say outright that the system with the greeks on campus has been racist," said Creech.

On Friday, University Trustee, Judge John England said he was encouraged by the student driven efforts.  His step granddaughter was one of the two girls rejected. "Its not very easy to suppress because there are a growing number of students and faculty who are supportive," explained Patterson.  Creech followed up saying that it is "because its what's right. It's not about race which is what we are trying to say. There shouldn't even be a race aspect on campus."

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