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Analysis of Representations of Fraternity and Sorority Life in Media

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This analysis aimed to understand how and why certain representations of fraternity and sorority life are consistently used in media texts. Throughout this thesis I analyzed various media including films, a television series, a documentary, and coverage of a news

This analysis aimed to understand how and why certain representations of fraternity and sorority life are consistently used in media texts. Throughout this thesis I analyzed various media including films, a television series, a documentary, and coverage of a news story and found that fraternity and sorority representations reinforce different social issues. Additionally, this thesis discusses how fraternities and sororities are framed in the media texts as institutions which force members to abide by larger societal norms and gender roles. Stigmas and social issues surrounding fraternity and sorority life including hazing, violence, and toxic masculinity, femininity and feminism, diversity and racism, and partying, power and misogyny are the focus of many of the media used in this study. This thesis analyzed how media use these topics to generalize representations of fraternity and sorority life members and to perpetuate normalized gender roles and dominant narratives about race and sexuality.

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Pursuing Excellence: Frame Analysis of Zeta Upsilon, a Sigma Nu Chapter

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The thesis focuses on the opportunity of receiving the Rock Chapter Award as a chapter of Sigma Nu Nationals and analyzes it using Bolman and Deal’s Four Frames. An introduction to Sigma Nu, its programs, the Zeta Upsilon chapter, and

The thesis focuses on the opportunity of receiving the Rock Chapter Award as a chapter of Sigma Nu Nationals and analyzes it using Bolman and Deal’s Four Frames. An introduction to Sigma Nu, its programs, the Zeta Upsilon chapter, and guidelines brings into perspective how members and a chapter can earn a Rock Chapter Award. The introduction highlights the structural emphasis on the award and its achievement, however an analysis offers insights on how to further tighten the bolts within the structure and offer support by aligning members needs and skills with Rock Chapter criteria. A multi-frame approach is further supported by discussing the symbolism behind Rock Chapter and how it can be used as cohesion between the rigidity of the structure and the softness of the people. The frame analysis provided some solutions, which include adding a form of officer hours, increasing the effectiveness of the treasurer, and improving the culture of the weekly meetings. The four frames offer various insights into what is missing and how leadership can utilize assets, such as the resources of Sigma Nu and even Zeta Upsilon, to inspire the pursuit of excellence. Further, the four frames opens the door for leadership to better prepare for future Pursuit of Excellence Self-Assessments or operations by not being confined to one frame, which is useful to Zeta Upsilon as the chapter has been conditioned to rely on a structural approach during its short time back on Arizona State’s campus.

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