What if you had the chance to start your own sorority? What would be your letters? What would be your creed? What about your values, mascot, philanthropic focus? Would you have the foresight to create what our founders did over a hundred years ago?
Airing tonight on TLC is the premiere of a new “reality” show called Sorority Girls. In this series, cameras will be following five sorority girls as they start the UK’s first sorority, Sigma Gamma. Although this organization will probably be recognized by viewers to be in affiliation with the National Panhellenic Council, it is not.
This show may be an entertaining concept, but what sort of light do you think that it will shine on the Panhellenic community? Stereotypes and assumptions about fraternal organizations are constantly being made. Will TLC take this as an opportunity to show the actual REALITY of what being in a sorority means (the leadership opportunities, the academic standards, the philanthropic events, community service, true sisterhood with true substance) or use it as an opportunity to capitalize on negative generalizations?
What are your thoughts are on this show? How do you believe they are representing our sorority experience? How can we communicate to the world what we’re really about rather than what is shown on tv?