I'm An FSU Student And I Agree Greek Life Needed To Be Shut Down

I'm An FSU Student And I Agree Greek Life Needed To Be Shut Down

These organizations need to take a look at the organization they represent and why they wanted to be a part of it in the first place.

On the afternoon of November 6, shockwaves were sent through the campus of Florida State University by word of mouth and social media as President John Thrasher announced that Greek Life at FSU had been shut down.

First off, I am not affiliated with Greek life and I think that’s important. It is important because it doesn’t matter. I am a student at FSU. I am a part of a diverse community of Greek and non-Greek students and my heart hurts.

A student is dead.

A student has died tragically, and his family has no real closure. Only a few people truly know what happened to him and it will probably stay that way.

A member of the FSU community has died and we grieved for what seemed like a minuscule amount of time.

In the same conversation — or even the same breath — I would hear concern about what fraternities were still having events and what this would mean for the future of Greek life.

I don’t hate Greek life. I have no animosity towards it. I have considered it for myself, something hard not to do at a school like FSU, but ultimately found that it wasn’t for me. I understand the values that each organization is built on. I get the life-long connections that are formed and the friendships that were made that otherwise probably wouldn’t have happened.

But I’m also not dumb.

I know that all that aside, the primary reason for these organizations is to have fun and to party. Anyone who disagrees is tragically misinformed.

I think it works out well in theory. An organization dedicated to brotherhood and sisterhood and service and leadership and academics sounds good on paper. But it takes every member believing in those values and principles and actively working to incorporate them into their community. While those ideals may be a by-product of these organizations they are by no means the main goal.

Brotherhood and sisterhood, and ultimately true friendship, gets put on the backburner.

I think this ban is much needed. These organizations need to take a look at the organization they represent and why they wanted to be a part of it in the first place. It will give much needed time to reflect. To evaluate. To see if these organizations are truly working to hold up the values that they ascribe to in all they do. To create environments that foster learning, leadership, friendship.

In a friendship, you look out for each other. You protect those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to protect themselves. You have the backs of your peers making difficult chokes and support them. You stand up for what’s right. You don’t abandon. You don’t give in to the bystander effect. If you claim to hold someone dear then you would make every effort to show that.

None of us are exempt.

We all need to work continually to do these things. If we all did, if we all tried a little harder, maybe we could prevent just one less tragedy from happening, and that itself would be worth it.

Please, if you ever feel like you need to talk to someone or you are going through something that you can’t get through alone—reach out. Talk to a friend, a mentor, a teacher, call a hotline, schedule a counseling appointment.

We are one FSU.

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Why I've Stayed A Part Of Greek Life

My sorority has always been incredibly important to me, but that doesn't mean it's always been easy to stay.

As I'm writing this article, it's recruitment season for sororities here at Penn State. During this whole process, I've been reflecting on my time thus far in Greek Life. I can confidently say that this week has made me a tiny bit - okay, more than a tiny bit - nostalgic.

I wouldn't trade my sorority for the world, but I will start by saying that I was that girl who signed up for recruitment at the very last minute.

Neither of my parents were part of Greek Life during their time at Penn State, and I have no older siblings. So, I didn't have many people to turn to for advice. To rush or not to rush? I contemplated it for so long.

For me, the hardest part about coming to college was leaving my best friends. I'd also have to make new friends - I hadn't done this since middle school so you can imagine my anxiety level. Wondering how I would do this, I took a leap of faith, and decided to rush.

Like I mentioned, I rushed because I wanted to find those go-to people: girls who would be there for me when I got homesick, girls who would give me boy advice, girls who would help me study for big exams, and girls who would answer the phone at 2 a.m. when I needed someone. Spoiler alert: I found all of that.

But I found more than wonderful friendships when I joined a sisterhood. I was also given unbelievable leadership opportunities, many service opportunities, and developed a better sense of self.

I'm cringing at how cheesy that all sounds, but it's true. I've always been a little bit more of an introvert - and a little bit more of a follower, rather than a leader - but my sorority taught me how to step out of my comfort zone. This year, I represented the sophomore pledge class on the Nominations Committee for our new Executive Board, which allowed me to sit in on all interviews and help out with the election process. I also got the position of assistant Vice President of New Member Education, which will allow me to help guide and educate the new pledge class.

In terms of service opportunities, I complete a certain number of service hours here at school each semester. In addition to that, I got the chance to go on a week-long service trip to New Orleans this past summer to help the community affected by Hurricane Katrina.

I know I'm only 20 years old, but I've learned more about myself this past year than ever before. I've learned what it means to put others before myself most of the time, but not all of the time. I've learned how to better manage my time, due to all the events, service opportunities, and meetings I have to attend. I've learned so much from Greek Life, and I'm so thankful that I get to carry all of it into life outside of my sorority.

It's not easy to remember to pay monthly dues, or come up with the money in the first place. It's not easy to ignore the stigma that typically accompanies Greek Life. It's not easy to attain service hours, or make it to certain meetings after a long day of classes. But I've stayed because my sorority has truly given me so much; the least I can do is keep my promise and remain a loyal sister.

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9 Things Every Girl Should Know Before Joining A Sorority

Debunking ignorant myths about greek life.

Growing up in Texas caused me to have a negative view of sorority girls since birth. I thought only tall, tan, and pretty blonde girls that love parties and frat boys joined sororities. Legally Blonde did me so wrong. In reality, it is far from greek life in movies. It wasn't until I actually joined a sorority that I learned what they are really about. Being a part of a sorority is nothing like you see in the movies, and I'm here to prove it to you. Here are some common misconceptions about sororities, debunked.

1. You're just paying to have friends

This is the most common, most annoying phrase I had to deal with while rushing. Yes, paying to be in a sorority means you suddenly have hundreds of other girls around you that value similar things, making you more likely to become friends with them.

However, our national dues pay for the upkeep of the house, the support of the national sorority, the cost of events, and our philanthropies. You could use this same kind of thought process to argue that people only pay to go to college to make friends. Paying to put yourself into situations where you're likely to meet people does not mean you're buying their friendship.

2. All sorority girls do is party

This statement really couldn't be more wrong. Sure, some sorority girls party a lot, but most don't. I'm pretty sure the non-greek girls living in the room next to me, blasting old Justin Bieber songs at 11:00 p.m. on a Monday night, party way more than I do.

3. We only support our philanthropies because we have to

I'm confident in speaking for all of the sororities on my campus when I say that we all genuinely care about our and other chapter's philanthropies. My chapter's devotion and emotional connection to our philanthropy was actually the deciding factor for me on our last night of rush. It's still amazing for me to see how passionate all of my sorority sisters are about our causes.

4. We only date fraternity men

I have a little spoiler for all of you: in my experience, frat men don't date. I'm not trying to hate on all you brothers out there because I'm sure some of you are decent human beings, but frat guys fear commitment.

5. You won't have any non-greek friends

This one is only true if you make it true. If you tend to only hang out with your greek community, then it's a no-brainer that you will only have greek friends. Personally, I have several friends that aren't greek; it just depends on whether or not you put yourself out there.

6. Sorority girls are superficial and girly

Disclaimer: I adore Legally Blonde, and aspire to be Elle Woods. That being said, Legally Blonde gave all of us sorority girls a bad reputation. Some girls are going to be superficial. It happens, but I've never made friends with a girl in my sorority by ogling over tanning, bikinis, and the latest hair trends. The girls in my sorority are some of the most genuine human beings I've ever met. They inspire me to be a better sister, student, and even a better person. There's nothing superficial about that.

7. Sorority girls judge non-sorority girls

Let me keep this one simple: no one cares. Most people drop their egos when they get to college. They realize that everyone is here for the same reason: to get a degree. We all just go about it differently.

8. If you join a sorority you will be hazed

I actually had the opposite experience while rushing. This used to be true, but times are changing. People have realized that hazing is backward and pointless -- so most campuses just stopped doing it.

9. We're only in college to meet our trophy husbands

This is the most anti-feminist bs I've ever heard in my life. Sororities actually have GPA requirements to stay in the chapter. The average GPA of a sorority woman is generally higher than that of a non-greek woman.

We also have various programmes to help members that aren't in good academic standing. My sorority likes to constantly remind us that we are students first and sorority always comes second. Sorority girls don't have time for anything else.

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