By Graham Reid
The Peeps O’ Kenyon, commonly known as “PEEPS,” are considering withdrawing from Greek Council.
PEEPS Co-President Alivia Bloch ’15 cited both “tangible” and “intangible” reasons for the change.
The change was proposed by Director of Student Activities and Greek Life Laura Kane “super casually,” according to PEEPS Co-President Thomas Mattes.
It’s unclear what role Kenyon’s other co-ed Greek organization, the Archon Society, known as the “Archons,” would play in such a reorganization. The PEEPS and the Archons are currently the two groups listed on Kenyon’s Greek Life website page under “societies,” rather than fraternities or sororities. On the site, the PEEPS’ description reads, “Guided by the ideology of purity and accuracy, we disbanded from national fraternal ties in 1970 to achieve greater creative independence and initiative with the Kenyon Community.”
Kane declined to comment on the plan, citing a policy against commenting on individual organizations.
The PEEPS would also no longer be responsible for Greek Council dues. But the change also has ideological motivations. Bloch described the PEEPS as being “not currently in alignment” with Greek Council.
The PEEPS also think the move might change campus culture for the better. “It might be nice for the entire community to have social organizations that aren’t Greek organizations,” Mattes said.
The PEEPS recognize that their current status as a Greek organization comes with privileges, especially regarding division housing: the group currently holds reserved housing in the PEEPS Division on the third floor of Old Kenyon Residence Hall. “The most obvious concern with leaving Greek Council is losing our Division housing,” Bloch said.
Wary of potential administrative difficulties or changes in disciplinary procedures, the PEEPS aren’t rushing headlong into the transition. “We’re not going to do anything unless we’re sure that we would essentially stay the same, [that] we would just be exiting from Greek Council,” Mattes said.