A huge part of college, at least in the movies, is Greek life. Every year fraternities and sororities on campus hold recruitment. The fraternities do things differently, but for the girls it means three days of dressing up, doing rounds of interviews at different houses and asking questions to decide if the Greek community is right for you and where you would fit in.
Unfortunately, the reputation of the Greek community is not as pristine as it otherwise might be. While the University of Utah campus hasn’t had any recent scandals, words like hazing always seem to be floating around, but let’s just settle that one right now — the U Greeks do not haze. As a member of a house, there are mandatory meetings and events, and they will make you sing, a lot.
This is not where the stereotypes end. The Utah Chronicle conducted a poll of students from a variety of different majors, both Greek and non-Greek, to compare how people see the Greek community vs. how they experience it.
Most people who are not in Greek life note it is “overpriced” and mention things like “all they do is party” according to Aaron, a junior mathematics major. Renee, a public health master’s candidate and a member of the Greek community says she joined “for the sense of community and family.” She even goes on to say that “meeting new people outside of class tends to be difficult.” Chris, a sophomore in English and sociology said it “makes college about more than just class and finals.”
Are Greeks all basic?
Movie stereotypes paint Greeks as unfocused airheads who do nothing but party, and to some people this might be attractive. Funnily enough, whether they are a part of the Greek community or not, almost everyone’s perception changes upon meeting a member of the Greek…