Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Stupid Signs and Slogans

Its rush week at my university. Normally, I could care less to see all of the hand-painted plywood signs that sprout up all around campus. Granted, they are a tacky eyesore, and I do have some issues with the Greek system, but usually they don't bother me. Not this year though. This year the signs are particularly stupid, and thus something that I cannot simply overlook. The members of Greek system have been stereotyped as stupid, and this year it looks like they were trying to prove that stereotype to be correct.

One sorority in particular has a new slogan: "Lucky to be in Alpha Phi." Really? That's the slogan you picked? These girls PAY every semester to be in your sorority, I don't think that luck has all that much to do with it! This is like saying that having to pay a speeding ticket is lucky! I guess that all of the cash I dropped on textbooks and tuition and rent this semester has made me one lucky girl!

Another sorority decided to post this on one of their signs: "Keep your friends close and your sisters closer." I didn't have a problem with this at first, but having passed it daily for the past three days, I've decided that they are advertising that the 'sisters' are actually enemies (the word used in the real saying that they've stolen from because they lack all creativity), which I guess is a very real possiblity since girls can be very catty, and living in the same house and going after the same guys could make them enemies (or I guess the new term is frenemies ;) ). But why they thought that advertising that their sisters are catty and backstabbing was a good idea is beyond me.

The first sign that really got my ire up was for a fraternity. The sign states, "In 1776 all men were created equal, in 1869 that all changed." I'm just going to pick on their word-choice right now, although I do take exception to their implication that being a member of their fraternity makes them better than other people (especially since I've met several of these 'brothers' and know for a fact that its not true.). While it is true that in 1776 Thomas Jefferson penned the immortal words, "all men are created equal," those words did not create equality, they just stated that men were created equal, which means they were created equal from the time of Adam, not since 1776. I take this error to be ironic seeing as how the fraternity, on the same sign, implied their superiority-and yet at the same time, by this error, were able to show their inferiority.

This may seem nitpicky, but these sororities and fraternities are advertising for new recruits-and I for one have definitely been negatively impacted by these signs and would not be able to join up with someone who is associated with such stupidity, and while I am pretty neurotic and nitpicky, other people who are are actually potential pledges might have these same opinions, and so the Greek system should take extra care during Rush Week to not appear as stupid as they usually do during the rest of the year.

No comments: