Proposed legislation could end Greek life at Tennessee colleges, universities


Rep. John DeBerry Jr.

Fraternities and sororities, long a staple of collegiate social life, could be coming to an end in Tennessee.

Rep. Jon DeBerry of Memphis is sponsoring a bill that could ban sororities and fraternities at all state universities and colleges across Tennessee. The bill is working its way through the Tennessee legislature.

What’s behind the proposal? Hazing.

Across the country hazing incidents continue to escalate within Greek organizations, culminating the in the idea of stopping them at the source.

The proposed bill would still allow professional fraternities and honor societies to operate, but all other organizations would not be recognized or permitted to associate or operate on campus. ‘

The bill, which was filed today, reads:

Fraternities and Sororities – As introduced, prohibits fraternities and sororities, other than professional fraternities and honor societies, from being recognized by, associated with, or operating on the campus of, any state institution of higher education. – Amends TCA Title 49.



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Christine Anne Piesyk has been a journalist for more than 50 years. Her credits include positions as Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Staff Writer specializing in education, leisure living, food and arts and entertainment. She was co-producer, writer and on air persona for the Entertainment Review for 25 years. Now "retired," she finds herself working on online websites and as a book editor. In her other life, she is a costume designer in her daughter's company, Gemini Dream Designs.

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