by Jori Barash and Maya Richard-Craven
According to the Inter-Minority Council, white-Americans are nationally the most underrepresented demographic within the Greek system. To address this issue, a new fraternity has been established at USC.
Brad Cox, the president of Phi Theta Nu, strives to promote a safe place for USC’s wealthy, white students who simply want to be surrounded by similar people. “It’s really not fair how so many of us struggle to be in the company of others who look and sound exactly like us.”
The founding class was chosen on the principle of diversity. Only 48% are from the suburbs of Los Angeles. The rest are from Orange County and San Diego.
As for fields of study, the 64 founding business majors have emphases in everything from eurocentrism to applied privilege.
“I mean, think about it, bro. Pretty much every university supports Black fraternities, Latino fraternities, multicultural fraternities, and Jewish fraternities.” Cox continued, “We are an overlooked group, and I will not rest until there’s a space for people like us.”
Phi Theta Nu is almost entirely white, a reflection of the rich cultural heritage of suburban Orange County and the old Western-European traditions that founded communities like Pasadena and Newport Beach.
One of their philanthropy projects is already in the works: teaching golf to underprivileged children from Torrey Pines Middle School in La Jolla, CA.