This is not particularly related to Stanford, but it is related to university life in general.
Alexandra Robbins went undercover as a sorority girl to figure out what life is really like in the modern Greek scene. She discovered a world of dysfunction, and she writes about it in her new book Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities.
If you’d like to learn more, read an eye-opening interview with the author.
Excerpt: NEWSWEEK: Why did you go undercover?
Alexandra Robbins: Originally I was openly going to be a reporter in a house on a specific campus. I had been to some meetings, and I had started to bond with these girls. Then one day, the adviser of the sorority sat me down and she said something like I cant let you be here unless the national office allows you, and I really dont think theyre going to. And then she said, and Ill never forget this: And if they do let you in, I simply cannot allow you to write about the drugs. I called the national office, and it turned out that the 26 national Panhellenic sororities had instituted a media blackout because they were upset with the MTV show Sorority Life. It turned out that the only way to get behind the scenes in a sorority house was to fly under the radar.