University Of Alabama Finally Votes To Integrate Greek System
April 25, 2014

I can't believe, after all these years, that we're still fighting the same old race battles. (And honestly, I can't even imagine why anyone would want to join a sorority or fraternity in the first place! Isn't there anything else to do in a college town?) But everyone should have that choice, damn it, and props to the student government members who didn't give up:

The student government at the University of Alabama voted last week to support full integration of the Greek system.

The vote comes after a year of controversy over the revelation qualified black students were blocked from joining sororities based on the color of their skin, due to influencefrom a group called "The Machine."

The Machine is a secret society at UA that students say effectively controls Greek life.

Less than a month ago, the student government blocked a similar measure to support integrating fraternities and sororities.

Katie Smith, the student senator who drafted the earlier resolution, felt it was because of pressure from the Machine that her bill to integrate Greeks failed in March.

The new bill's language was left unadjusted and passed Thursday "with an overwhelming number of votes on the floor," the Crimson White reported.

It doesn't require any immediate action by the university or Greek houses, rather, it simply voices support for the goal of integration.

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