U. of Alabama Students Vote to Integrate Greek Organizations

The decision comes months after discrimination allegations.

Posted: 04/22/2014 11:12 AM EDT

The University of Alabama student government association has voted in support of integrating Greek organizations on their campus.

The decision comes months after allegations that sororities blocked eligible Black pledges from joining. 

Student body president Hamilton Bloom says the school still has a long way to go with progressing their Greek system, but that this was the first necessary step forward.

“My administration and I are dedicated to seeing and encouraging results in the integration of both fraternities and sororities, and I believe the resolution passed tonight, in addition to the Diversity Caucus which will be introduced soon, are incredible first steps,” Bloom said.  

In March, 27 student senators voted to block a bill that would fully integrate the fraternities on the campus. Only five students were in favor.

Pressure from what students call The Machine, a secret society at the University of Alabama, is said to be the reason students originally decided to maintain the racial status quo within their organizations. 

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