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Greek Life

Greek Life

Holidays, Games, and Sports

Chapter:
(p.242) 7 Chapter Greek Life
Source:
Campus Traditions
Author(s):
Simon J. Bronner
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617036163.003.0007

For many fraternity and sorority members, Greek letter societies are a traditional place on campus where “me” becomes “us.” Fraternities and sororities often view themselves as leaders of the college spirit and upholders of the campus tradition. Defenders of the Greek system argue that it is intended to foster lifelong benevolent values of fellowship and service, yet fraternities and sororities are viewed with suspicion and subject to restriction, reform, disparagement, suspension, and worse, banishment. There is a public, and often administrative, apprehension of the exclusivity of the fraternities and sororities on campuses. In contrast to their publicized activities as big-hearted service organizations, campus boosters, and well-mannered socialites, fraternities and sororities are equated with hazing, rowdy singing and pranking, pledging, initiation, and partying.

Keywords:   fraternities, sororities, campus tradition, hazing, singing, pranking, pledging, initiation, partying, campuses

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