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…
…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?”
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!