To Greek, or not to Greek?
Going Greek: no regrets
Greek life is not for everyone.
That being said, it is still beneficial to many people and I would recommend Greek life to anyone looking to grow as an individual.
One of the best decisions I ever made was to join Phi Sigma Kappa, because it allowed me to become the person I am today.
Greek life offers a chance to make close friends that will last beyond college. Greek organizations offer a way to contribute to the community and they provide a support system that will help you throughout college.
Fraternities and Sororities are not just organizations intended for college years. They are a lifelong entity and the people you meet will be there for you long after college is over.
Members of Greek organizations look out for each other, and they are always willing to help a fellow member out.
Greek organizations are atypical of most college organizations in that the members maintain close friendships long after graduation.
Greek organizations are some of the strongest supporters of the community, and philanthropic causes as a whole. Most, if not all, Greek organizations raise money throughout the year for multiple charities.
Phi Sigma Kappa holds the Trampoline-a-thon every fall at the beginning of the semester to raise money for the Special Olympics.
Every Spring, all the Greek organizations participate in the Big Event, performing outdoor chores for people in Pittsburg who are unable to do those chores themselves.
Every single Greek organization performs these valuable services not because they have to, but because that is part of what being a Greek member involves.
One of the biggest ways that Greek life is beneficial is encouraging members to grow and adhere to various fundamental principles that each organization believes to be the keys to living a good life.
Greek life is not a giant party, and any member of any Greek organization will tell you this. Fraternities and Sororities expect members to maintain good grades, uphold their core beliefs, and put in serious effort toward community service projects.
Still, Greek life is a great way to become more outgoing.
The biggest thing that Phi Sigma Kappa gave me was confidence: The confidence needed to believe in myself, and the confidence needed to be able to meet and talk to new people.
I wouldn’t be where I am today without Phi Sigma Kappa, and I believe that all fraternities and sororities offer people the chance to discover who they are, and become confident in that.
Joining a Greek organization is almost always a positive experience. Greek life is a place to find lifelong friends, a place to do something important, and a place to find the principles that will guide your actions for the rest of your life.
I have met many Greeks in the last five years, both in Pittsburg and around the country. I haven’t met any that regretted going Greek.
I’m not new to the Greek system.
I was involved in a fraternity at another university, and grew up in Lawrence. I have heard every kind of story about things that Greek houses have done and the effects they have on people.
I’ve seen the extreme spectrum that they exist on.
I’ve come across everything from extremely horrendous hazing stories to the smartest and most philanthropic group of people on a campus.
I wrote a full page of descriptions on each of the Greek houses at PSU in The Collegio’s last issue.
However, I believe that the pitch for joining a Greek organization isn’t as appealing as it sounds, especially at a school like Pitt State.
Here, the Greek system has its own spectrum of differences.
Some Greek houses have average GPA’s substantially higher than the campus average, while one house is on probation for a second semester because of low grades.
If the championship-grade football team can average a 3.0 GPA, there probably should be more than just the one or two houses that average close to that.
Some Greek houses do well over 10 community service hours per semester, while others have two or three philanthropy projects per year.
I like to compare Greek houses’ ratio of leisure time to community service hours.
I haven’t found a Greek house lacking in leisure time, but there are some that don’t have impressive philanthropy hours.
Having talked to at least 25 people from every part of the Greek system, including leadership and underclassmen at each house, I’ve heard the prepared pitches promoting Greek life at Pitt State.
Almost all of them brag about brotherhood or sisterhood, long-lasting friendships, philanthropy and study partners, among a few other things.
My problem with the Greek pitch is the argument that any of these things aren’t equally attainable in many other campus organizations.
The Greek community makes up roughly 8 percent of the campus population, but I don’t think only 8 percent of students will have long-lasting friendships, philanthropy opportunities and study partners.
I’m not advocating that we shouldn’t have Greek houses at Pitt State. I’ve seen the incredible things that Greek houses can bring members to do.
I would like to see some of the houses here held more accountable.
At the other universities, I’ve experienced university administrations that have tight parameters for Greek organizations.
They maintain minimum requirements that keep any one house from being allowed to fall below a standard.
At Pitt State, I’ve discovered that things are a lot more relaxed and open. Here, a Greek House that ends up on probation can stay on probation perpetually.
Anything else that the Greek-elected judicial council decides, happens.
Other universities have a firm three-strike rule and enforce it by pulling a Greek house’s charter.
I have to admit that a few Greek houses here really have impressed me by churning out leaders and mature adults.
My problem is with some of the houses, which do fit the stereotype as nothing more than glorified drinking clubs.