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CPA breaks sorority stereotypes

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Andrea Gardner, Editor in Chief

Andrea Gardner, Editor in Chief

Everyone loves a good catfight. Two chicks scratching, slapping, punching and pulling hair seems so much more interesting than two guys slugging it out in an alley.

For some reason, society loves the idea of two scorned females attempting to clear the air with a few good punches. It happens in soap operas all of the time, when Erica Kane types give their bitter enemies jealous eyes to kill. “Melrose Place” is famous for seductive females calling each other tramps and trashy two-bit whores.

The godforsaken media have told us time and time again that when women get together, trouble and dissension quickly follows.

Is it that men do not care enough to allow their egos to get in between a friendship? Are females the fun-loving fools who cannot get over themselves and each other?

It seems society is engaged in the idea of ladies having trouble getting along with each other.

It was Goldie Hawn who finally said enough was enough when journalists kept asking the same question about the filming of the movie “The First Wives Club.” According to Hawn, the hot question was if she, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton had any trouble getting along on the set.

Amazing that we would assume that three accomplished women in Hollywood would be vulnerable to a catfight all because of the idea that they are insecure, jealous females working together in the same room for several months.

Hawn said she never remembered being asked such a silly question when she starred with male costars.

It was a girl thing, I guess. Or is it a La Verne thing, too?

For some reason, the stigma remains on this campus that each sorority dislikes the other.

This exact issue was addressed Sunday evening as the Collegiate Panhellenic Association (CPA) gathered to discuss new rush ideas and ways to show a more positive view of sororities to future female Greeks.

Dispersed into several groups, members of each sorority mixed together and discussed these issues candidly. What was discovered was that the so-called “bad” feelings between one another are nothing more than a stereotype and long standing “tradition” that seems to be changing now.

Members of each sorority looked at these issues and discovered that, though we chose different organizations, we really are not that different at all. We all seem to want the same things and believe in the same basic values.

This is the beauty of CPA. This women’s organization has bound the sororities together and has given them their own governing organization to solve problems and come up with new ways to show the community how strong they are.

Through CPA, an all-sorority exchange was planned, which will take place later this month, as Greek women will go Christmas caroling at a nearby home.

This year, Greek women have made incredible strides in supporting one another’s philanthropies and in showing the community that they are far from the stereotypical vicious females who fought over whose organizations were best.

It is a juvenile attitude, but it is making its long-awaited exit. ULV’s sorority women of today are beyond such silly competition and, through CPA, they are learning to respect and learn from one another.

It is a tough stereotype to break, seeing as cut-throat competition is so exciting, especially between sweet wholesome sorority girls. It will be up to today’s Greek women to show the La Verne campus that times have indeed changed.

Will their changes make a difference in their reputation in the community?

In a society that loves watching scathing love triangles, Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling and the catfights of Aaron Spelling spinoffs the stereotype is sadly far from being broken.

Then again, a roller derby telethon during Charity Greek Week would probably raise some good money for the poor.

Andrea Gardner, a senior broadcast journalism major, is editor in chief of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at

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