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Who Are We?

Concerned Greek Alumni and Advisors (CGAA) is an informal association composed of USC Greek fraternity alumni and advisors who oppose USC's recent unilateral mandate prohibiting all incoming freshman and new students from joining men's social fraternities during their first semester of enrollment.

As CGAA's members represent fraternities of all sizes and philosophies, at their core they all believe USC's prohibition violates the rights under both the US and California Constitutions for individuals and fraternities, is arbitrarily discriminatory towards the Greek System only, and is even contrary to USC's very own express written policies governing individuals and campus organizations.

Why Was CGAA Formed?

CGAA was formed in reaction to USC's adamant and inflexible position regarding a sudden and unilateral ban on Greek rush for all of its first semester students, a refusal to engage in any reasonable dialogue on the issue, and a disingenuous "consultation" process regarding their stark and highly-impactful change to the overall USC Greek culture.

On September 13, 2017, the Vice President of Student Affairs, Ainsley Carry, stated to the Interfraternity Council (IFC) that USC was currently "exploring" the idea of banning Greek recruitment for all of its incoming first semester students.

Apparently that was not an honest statement made at the time.

For context, Carry had also formerly been the V.P. of Student Affairs at Auburn University where in 2011 his proposal for a similar recruitment ban was introduced, fought over, and eventually defeated.

Carry was then hired on at USC less than two years later to implement the exact same policy proposal made at Auburn University, and therefore it was not surprising that only sixteen days after his statement to USC’s IFC of merely "exploring" the issue that he simply announced the unilateral decision for a Greek System (only) recruitment ban on September 29.

What's most telling about this announcement is that on the day before, on September 28, USC's IFC proposed to the USC Administration that:

(1) it endorse an open public meeting where all interested parties and stakeholders could gather to express their views and positions on the recruitment ban, or
(2) a committee be formed comprised of all interested parties to closely study and evaluate the proposal, or
(3) at IFC's expense, USC agree to a non-binding mediation with an objective and neutral third party. After all, what could possibly be more reasonable amongst equals?

USC and Carry responded by simply issuing their ban...as they had clearly intended to from the start.

In the face of USC's patent unwillingness to engage in any truly open and collaborative dialogue with its own students and alumni who would most find themselves effected by a policy change such as a recruitment ban, what else was CGAA to do but join together and work, as previously had been done at Auburn University, to overturn this unfair ruling?

Read Graduated USC IFC/PHC Leadership and Former USC Greek Administration's Statement Opposing The Rush Ban Here.

21 thoughts on “About CGAA”

  1. I firmly do not support a ban in any form imposed upon Greek rush for any campus of higher learning lucky enough to have a strong and vibrant fraternity and sorority community such as USC rooted in well over 100 years of tradition that has long supported the needs of young men and women beginning their transition into their adult lives and professional careers. An opportunity to join a Greek letter organization of one’s own choosing is a fundamental right that should not ever be withheld as an option for all incoming students, and from my own experience, the affiliation in the Greek community is a key and necessary bolster to the broader university experience to help students remain grounded and on track in their academic pursuits and objectives. By removing that important first semester available resource, USC takes away a very critical and much needed social and campus life assimilation conduit. A deferred rush program must not be implemented as a rush restriction at USC.

  2. Another attempt to ban the entire Greek system. All revolves around the crybaby left views that the Greek System is exclusionary in nature. Both to get into a house and then to get into a “more prestigious” house. I can already hear the boohoo dribble;
    It’s not fair. I’m a hermit and I want everyone to be a hermit.

  3. The deferred rush ban is evidence of a university administration that doesn’t value it’s fraternity and sorority system and seeks to destroy it, rather than see it as the asset it is. Shame on you Ainsley and your bosses. Maybe t’s’you that should be deferred.

  4. The ban is rediculous. The University states that it’s bad for student health, however in reality the biggest mental health problem for freshman is loneliness. So yeah, definitely makes a ton of sense to take dismantle safety nets offered by some of the tightest and well organized groups on campus. Who knows though, maybe chess club is capable of offering the personal, professional, and educational development that century old fraternities and sororities offer.

  5. I wonder what will happen when all the Greek Alumni stop donating to the University. The university’s most prestigious donors and advocates were former Greeks. The Greek system is what helps to create such a unique atmosphere at USC – creating scholars who can work hard and socialize, unique in today’s society of introverts coming out of college. The administration better tread lightly.

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