Residence: Camarillo, CA
Date of Performance/Collection: April 17, 2020
Primary Language: English
“A lot of Sorority girls at CSUCI have fought over who gets to live in a Sorority apartment building like most sorority girls at other schools would fight over living in the Sorority house. To call something a Sorority apartment came from a stupid law in Camarillo from the olden days that prohibits more than ten unrelated women to live in the same house, so sororities have gone around the issue by leasing specific buildings in apartment complexes around the school. That’s how the term came to be!”
SM is from Camarillo, California and has grown up in the area since he was born. He says he knows this from his sister who went to CSUCI and was in a sorority that had to do this. He remembers specifically being confused about why her friends would always call it the Sorority apartments cause on TV, people would always talk about sorority houses, but never apartments.
SM is an old high school friend of mine. I invited him to a Discord server and I watched him play The Witcher. He was open to talk about folklore of the area we grew up in during cutscenes he said he had already watched when he had played the entirety of the game before.
Folklore acting as a sort of counteraction against a law is nothing new, but the fact that it has stuck around as long as it has is impressive. The saying of this word must come out of a unique sense of being and is probably not just specific to CSUCI sorority girls, but CSUCI students as a whole. It must be somewhat nice for this folk group to know they get to say something that would seem a bit odd to the average person, but completely relatable and even political to those who knew the issue.