“interesting advice from an administrator tasked with helping them gain a better reputation”
Removing an American flag from their frat house will make them look better? What does this say about the campus climate at Stanford?
The College Fix reports:
Frat told to take down American flag to improve its image: report
Stanford University’s Sigma Chi chapter was shut down in May over allegations of “risk management concerns and accountability issues within the chapter.” But before that happened, the fraternity was on probation and worked to improve its image.
It’s now come to light that during that time, the young men reportedly got some interesting advice from an administrator tasked with helping them gain a better reputation with the campus community, the Stanford Review reports, citing student Pablo Lozano as the source but noting other individuals, who asked not to be named, have corroborated his account:
… while on probation, Sigma Chi sought to make itself “an ally of the university.” An administrator assigned to serve as a liaison between Residential Education and Sigma Chi – let’s call him Mr. Z – was, in Lozano’s words, “supportive” in trying to help Sigma Chi outlast probation and “transparent” in explaining often obscure bureaucratic processes. The Sigma Chi brothers appreciated the candid and genuine guidance that Mr. Z offered them throughout their fight for survival.
This context of a friendly relationship with Mr. Z made the following incident all the more surprising. One night during Autumn 2017, Lozano recounted, Mr. Z was invited to eat dinner at Sigma Chi. While discussing improving the fraternity’s image with the university, Mr. Z offhandedly suggested that Sigma Chi remove the potentially discomforting symbol outside: the American flag flown in front of the house. Mr. Z urged Sigma Chi to consider the image being presented to the rest of campus by flying the flag out front. He furthered that if Sigma Chi wished to break away from stereotypes that plagued the house and to change its perception on campus, its members should contemplate un-hoisting the American flag.
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