At Dixie State University in Utah, a restriction on the use of the Greek alphabet has prevented student Indigo Klabanoff from starting a university-recognized sorority for over a year.
The ban on the 3,000 year-old alphabet stems from the school's purported desire to avoid implying a "party atmosphere." But that didn't stop Dixie State from recognizing "The Organization of Good Parties" as an official campus group.
"It's a pretty basic First Amendment right for individuals or groups to identify themselves the way they want themselves to be identified," says Peter Bonilla, director of FIRE's Individual Rights Defense Program, in FIRE's latest video. FIRE came to Klabanoff's defense after she contacted the advocacy group for help.
Klabanoff's new sorority, Phi Beta Pi, has no intention of creating the appearance of a party atmosphere at Dixie State, according to its members. "All we're trying to accomplish is sisterhood," says Erica Ridd, vice president of philanthropy of Phi Beta Pi. "I live far away from my family so I think of these girls as my sisters and my second family."
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