Greek life at Randolph…

Hello all, so if you saw my post last week involving sexual assault, I put up a poll asking whether or not you personally have been sexually assaulted or if you know someone that has, I have not received enough feedback to come up with any conclusions, and will be working on that for a future post.

I have, however, been seeing a lot of discussion on the topic of adding Greek life to our Randolph community.  After the town hall meeting on Monday, March 23rd, where a few students suggested the idea, a lot of debates have arose between advocates of our schools’ already existing secret societies (that do not exist…) against those of Greek life.  There has been some hostility among the “two sides”, and recently, a lot of the debate has been prevalent on Yik Yak as well.  I saw this…

YIKYIK

…and could not agree more.  This blog could serve as the productive place to hold this discussion.

From a feminist perspective, Greek life points to a lot of red flags, understandably as many cases of sexual assault happen between Fraternity and Sorority interactions, often ending up in reprimanding of Greek life in major universities across the states.  Shooting back to last weeks post, sexual assault is already a problem here at Randolph, so adding an entity that is nationally accepted as a pathway to potential sexual assault could be dangerous.

On the other hand, not all examples of Greek life result in negative headlines, though “Fraternities and sororities are often associated with hazing, drinking and partying. Since 1975, there has been at least one hazing-induced death per year across college campuses — and 82% of these have come as a result of binge drinking.”  Headlines involving the good charitable work are not as often headlined, and it leads to the question: “Does the potential good of Greek life outweigh the potential bad?”

'My son is in college and switched out of engineering into fraternity partying. He days he finds it less intense.'

 Secret societies here on campus were defended at the town hall meeting regarding charitable events after Greek life advocates expressed their concern for the community.  The idea of humbleness involving secret societies was brought up, expressing that their community service has some type of moral advantage because they are doing it anonymously.  Personally, I disagree with that logic because that in a way discredits charitable organizations. Also, it is impossible to know if secret societies are even doing any charitable work (a lot are not, let’s be honest). 

I think the social stigma of Greek life would cause someone to discredit their charitable work as humble, but charity is charity and it is needed. Now, keep in mind neither Greek life nor secret societies are designed for charitable work, so I do not like that being in the forefront of the argument. If you want to do charity there are many organizations that would be happy to accept you, oh and not to mention without any type of hazing!  

There are people that actually need charity so stop pretending like your incentive to join a Frat, sorority, or secret society is about the charity.  We need to focus on the pros and cons that Greek life would have on our campus.

Please share your thoughts on this issue! And make sure to answer the poll below!

Source: http://college.usatoday.com/2012/05/08/examining-the-benefits-of-greek-life/

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4 thoughts on “Greek life at Randolph…

  1. Frankly, I don’t think we need the hassle. We have enough going on on campus with Etas, Gammas, societies that may or may not exist, and other extra curriculars, not to mention our actual classes and work study jobs. We don’t need something else that’s going to take up time and money that would be far better spent on other things. Not to mention, we have enough problems with sexual assault on this campus without adding something as potentially dangerous as Sororities and Fraternities. I think we have enough on our plates as it is.

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  2. I think that it is bad for tradition at Randolph. While Greek life may be important at other colleges it just seems anti-traditional. I feel as though Randolph is special because of how unique it is. I love my college because it is very different from most others. I also think pressure from Sororities and Fraternities would lead to less individuality & individuality is why I love Randolph. I would have to say no to Greek Life.

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  3. I think that clinging to tradition is unimportant, and I think that generalizing everyone to have too busy a schedule is a little disingenuous. There are people who don’t have jobs or extra-curricular activities that would surely love the opportunity to be a part of Greek life.

    In my opinion, the Etas and Gammas often display a sort of superiority complex towards non-members. I will not reveal any identities, but on more than one occasion members have directly admitted to me that they like feeling special because of their membership in a spirit group, and one even admitted to me that they enjoyed the hall stomps strictly on the basis of intimidating non-members. And while people may say that they don’t want to see hazing take place here, the spirit groups pretty much already haze their prospective members. They purposely humiliate underclassmen during their initial memberships, making them refer to their elders as “mama” and making them act in certain ways and wear certain things. I’ve heard of much worse taking place, but I’m less certain of the more unsavory rumors, so I won’t speak of them here.

    The “secret” societies here also enjoy intimidation. Tell me, why is it acceptable for a group of students to dress up in special outfits, walk around outside at night, and command those they pass to look away from them? It isn’t acceptable at all, but I know for a fact – having been told by numerous students who have experienced this – that there is a society that does this. This is intimidation, plain and simple, and we shouldn’t stand for it. Someone might say “But it’s traditional and don’t we want to hold onto traditions?” That’s the kind of logic that is used to perpetuate this kind of behavior. As I said, tradition should mean nothing.

    I think that both the spirit groups and the societies on campus are essentially private clubs that benefit from putting regular students down. At least Greek life could give students who aren’t a member of one of these clubs an opportunity to feel like they’re a part of something. No one would force you to join if you were too busy, no one would force you to participate if you felt like being more “traditional.” And, to be blunt, if someone allows a group to take away their individuality that easily then they are likely not that unique to begin with.

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  4. I am in the camp of keeping Greek life out of the Randolph environment. For one, it doesn’t really seem feasible for there to be Frat and Sorority houses around the Randolph area without major investment and renovation of surrounding properties. Having those houses for one would detract from the community element of the college and it is not like there haven’t been issues already with people flocking to the apartments to party. If the groups are not granted their own living space what exactly is the point of them?

    Considering how much everyone complains about the charity day during orientation week, I don’t think all the excitement over introducing the Greek system is over the opportunity to do charitable work, especially when it is not necessary to be a member of a fraternity or sorority to volunteer one’s time.

    With house parties and charity out the equation the only positive aspect of Greek life remaining is the opportunity to network with other members, which granted is a good thing, but not worth pursuing in light of the current social dynamic. Certain non-existent societies also offer networking opportunities, even though the pool is limited to other alums.

    Finally while I do think that Greek life as a whole doesn’t deserve all the trouble it gets, it would not be a positive benefit for the Randolph community.

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