Sui Generis discusses their purpose, status as a sorority

February 9, 1961

The president of Sui Generis, Bobbi Jo Thome, called a special meeting which was attended by the members of Sui Generis as well as Dean Stevens.  The purpose of the meeting was to "examine where we are going and what we are," according to Dean Stevens.  A majority of the discussion revolved around whether or not Sui Generis should be a part of Pan-Hel and the traditional rush process.  Some worried that withdrawing from Pan-Hel would send a stand-offish signal to freshman and independent women, while others felt that continuing to be a part of Pan-Hel created more competition between Sui G and the national organizations.  Discussion turned to the idea of what a sorority really is and why women join them.  Elane Foreman said, "if it is selectivity and an integral unit we are not one.  If it is working together and fun together then we are one." Eventually, the women came to somewhat of a concensus that Sui Generis serves and important purpose in providing women who are not chosen for nationals with an opportunity to be a part of a group. 

Location of Document in Archives
RG 8/20 Sui Generis Box 1 Folder 3