College grad exposes 'disgusting' ranking system her sorority used to grade rush candidates

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A recent college graduate has lifted the lid on the ‘disgusting, ‘misogynistic,’ ‘fatphobic’ way her college sorority would rank women who wanted to join — and revealed how she would purposefully sabotage their efforts. 

Eli Rallo, 23, joined Sigma Kappa when she was at the University of Michigan, but she clearly wasn’t a huge fan of how her sisters determined which girls got to pledge.

In a viral TikTok video, Eli breaks down the point system they used for rush, assigning numbers to sorority hopefuls based on five-minute conversations. 

‘This is a nightmare, disgusting,’ she says. ‘It is the ultimate way to pit women against each other, [to] judge them for these most arbitrary things.’

Eli Rallo, 23, joined Sigma Kappa when she was at the University of Michigan. She recently shared an old email breaking down how active members had to rank potential new members

Eli Rallo, 23, joined Sigma Kappa when she was at the University of Michigan. She recently shared an old email breaking down how active members had to rank potential new members

‘If you pretend not to know about the toxicity of Greek life, specifically sorority rush, I found this email from when I was in Greek life,’ she says in the clip, which has been viewed 1.5 million times since early February.

‘Rush’ is the term for the sorority recruitment process, in which rushees try to impress sororities in order to get invited to join.

Eli’s old email includes a breakdown of the ranking system that Sigma Kappa used to judge each of the rushees, with each active number assigning the hopefuls a number.  

‘You have a five minute conversation with [the rushee]. Then you have to rank her one out of four. One, she’s never coming back. Four, she’s great,’ Eli explains, before adding that this was all ‘based on a five minute conversation’. 

‘Makes sense, right? That’s totally fair,’ she then jokes.

Eli says that active members of her sorority would meet in groups where they decided on the rankings for each rushee. 

They had to assign each young woman a number between one and four, based on a five minute conversation

They had to assign each young woman a number between one and four, based on a five minute conversation

She called it'disgusting,'misogynistic,' and a'nightmare' and said she couldn't skip it because she'd be fined

She called it ‘disgusting, ‘misogynistic,’ and a ‘nightmare’ and said she couldn’t skip it because she’d be fined

She works her way down the ‘disgusting’ list, which explains that ones should be given to freshman who they ‘don’t ever want to see again’ and sophomores who are ‘weird, average, or “just nice.”‘ 

On a second round of ranking, a score of one is describes as ‘not sure how she still got through, get her out now.’

In the final round, a rushee who gets all ones or twos is out, while all threes is a good fit.

‘I thought that this was so heinous and ludicrous that every single time… my group was like, “Let’s give her threes,” I would give her all ones,’ Eli says.

‘And then if my group was like, “Let’s give her ones,” I would give her threes to mess the system.

She admitted to sabotaging the process by giving well-liked girls low scores and not-well-liked girls high scores

She admitted to sabotaging the process by giving well-liked girls low scores and not-well-liked girls high scores

‘Because they wouldn’t let me not attend rush,’ she adds. ‘They charged me $100 per round if I didn’t go. But I thought this was disgusting, so I just tried to sabotage it.’ 

Many sororities and fraternities charge active members for missing events and meetings. 

‘I gave so many girls fours. They were like, “Want her out, get her out of this sorority,” and I was like, “Four, four, four. Bring her back!”‘ Eli goes on. ‘I lived to sabotage.’

Looking back on the ranking system, Eli says: ‘This is misogynistic. It’s fatphobic. It’s classist. It’s so many horrible things. 

‘I just can’t even believe that this was in my email,’ she says. 

In other videos shared on her account, Eli explained that she ultimately ‘dropped her sorority’ because she believes that ‘Greek life is patriarchal and racist’, noting that, from her experience, sororities and fraternity houses focus on ‘grouping people into elitist groups… based on how attractive they are’.  

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