Appendix 1: Original Interview Questions
What is your occupation?
Are you a student? If so, what is your field of study?
What are your parent’s occupation?
What social groups do you identify with?
What are some books or magazines that are of interest of men?
What are your opinions about these books and magazines?
How did you first become acquainted with fraternities?
What are the stages leading to membership?
What are some reasons for participating in a fraternity?
How many students belong to your fraternity?
How many members live in your fraternity house?
How are your friendships different between fraternity members and friends that are non-members?
How long do you expect to remain in contact with your friends from your fraternity?
How do women feel about fraternities?
What is one thing your group can change about themselves?
Why is fraternity membership declining at OSU?
What are some of the contributions that your group makes to society?
What are some of the stereotypes about fraternities?
What are some of the criticisms of your group?
What do you think about these criticisms?
Is there a way to correct these problems if they do exist on some level? Does it need to change?
Information about Male Bonding an Inter-Male Conflict:
Have you heard of the term “male bonding”?
What have you heard about male bonding?
Have you heard any theories about male bonding?
What is your definition of male bonding?
Have you heard of hierarchies?
If so, then what is your definition of them?
What are some of the benefits of hierarchies?
What are some of the costs of hierarchies?
Do you feel hierarchy is important to the way your group is structured?
What are some ways that your fraternity deals with conflict?
What are some of the concerns about initiating a non-member into your group?
What are some ways to incorporate new members into a fraternity?
How does a pledge get formally recognized as a official member?
What are some methods for initiating someone into your group?
How are these rituals important to fraternities?
What would change if the rituals were removed?
Appendix 2: OSU Fraternity Statistics 1988-1995
(From OSU Fact Books and OSU Fact Pamphets)
1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995
# of Houses 26 27 28 28 26 27 27 25
Total Membership 1,805 1,915 1,996 1,788 1,628 1,520 1,455 1,351
In-House Membership 1,361 1,395 1,368 1,250 1,147 1,041 1,027 987
Capacity 2,337 2,336 2,336 2,336 2,160 2,160 2,160 1,517
% of Undergraduates 14.0 14.5 15.1 14.8/26.0* 24.9 18.5 18.0 –
% of Campus Students 23.0 20.9 22.6 23.9 23.3 23.6 22.4 –
Total Students 15,637 15,958 16,024 14,915 14,336 – 14,323 14,161
•Contradictory data given.