Unofficial fraternity plans panel highlighting different perspectives on hookup culture
Washington University’s newest and least-official fraternity is making a splash as it comes onto the campus scene with a panel focused on hookup culture this week.
The panel will include several voices, from students to Coordinator of Sexuality Studies Susan Stiritz and Father Gary Braun of the Catholic Student Center, in addition to a number of professors. The panelists will discuss topics surrounding hookup culture on college campuses.
Alpha Delta Phi’s public relations chair, junior Greg Rowsey, stated that the panel was created in an effort to increase ADPhi’s interaction with the Washington University community.
“The reason why ADPhi wants to put on the panel in the first place is because we’re this quote-unquote new fraternity, unrecognized by the school, and we’re trying to connect more with the Wash. U. community as a whole,” Rowsey said.
In addition to the student panelists, students will also be able to ask questions throughout the event.
“I wanted a very broad range of fields to look at it from different angles,” Rowsey said. “We wanted to make sure it wasn’t a bunch of 40-year-olds talking about issues that we’re going through,” Rowsey said.
ADPhi’s Internal Vice President Will Ralls, a junior, expressed hope that the panel will help promote discussion and understanding of campus hookup culture.
“First and foremost, I hope that [students] feel like they engaged in a really relevant conversation to their lives. Whether they identify with the things that are talked about during the panel or whether they don’t, I hope that they just kind of gain an awareness and maybe a deeper understanding of an issue that a lot of people do think [is] very important on college campuses,” Ralls said.
Ralls also said that if response to the panel is positive, he hopes that ADPhi will be able to host similar events in the future.
“I hope that…if the student body feels like we did this in a way that was tasteful and intelligent and analytical that they would maybe support other things that we do,” Ralls said.