The Sad Truth About Greek Life, From Someone On The Inside

The Sad Truth About Greek Life, From Someone On The Inside

The values and ideas that sororities and fraternities were founded on are becoming more and more obscure, and honestly, it's heartbreaking.


Recently, I was scrolling through Facebook when I came across an article; this article was written by the Kappa Alpha Theta-Epsilon Zeta chapter alumni, Bradley Tune. She expressed her sadness about the closing of her chapter, but the saddest part of her article was how relatable it was. The title was "As a Kappa Alpha Theta, I encountered my fair share of judgment." Throughout her article, she talks about the tier system and how it affected how people saw her and the organization she was a part of.

After reading the article, I wasn't sad. I was angry. I realized that everything she wrote was something my sorority sisters and I go through all the time, and honestly, I am sick of it.

People judge sororities based on the type of girls they recruit. Theta has a bad reputation because the girls we recruit are all different shapes and sizes. There was this guy I met last year, and he asked me if I was in a sorority. I proudly said "Yes, I'm in Theta," and I kid you not he looked at me and said "Theta? You don't look like a Theta," and I must have looked really confused because his friend said, "You know because you're pretty."

How does that even make sense?

When I was going through recruitment my freshman year, I was alone and nervous. So, when I got a bid from Kappa Alpha Theta, I was so excited that I was actually going to be a part of the Greek community, but that excitement quickly faded. I remember my Gamma Chi making a big deal not because I only got one bid back but because of which house it was. I remember feeling the judgment radiating from the girls that overheard the conversation about me loving Theta. I remember hearing those same girls bash Theta saying "I would rather not take a bid than go Theta."

I was heartbroken and actually considered not taking the bid, but I thank God every day that I took it. Even though the judgment on my sisters and I continue to receive to this day, I have never regretted joining that organization. It makes me sad and angry that Greek life all over the world has strayed so far from the ideals and morals it was founded on. It's funny that they call it the Greek "community" because the definition of community Is "a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals," and none of that is what comes to my mind when I think of the Greek community. I think of those girls from recruitment, and I'm thankful that I don't share "common attitudes, interest, and goals" with them. I'm thankful that instead of conforming to the stereotypes of this "community," I joined a sorority that produces leading women who have their own attitudes, interest, and goals.

Long story short, things have to change across all Greek life PHC, NPHC, and IFC; and not just here at LSU but all over the world. Thanks for coming to my TEDTalk.

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7 Reasons You Should Order A Vodka/Water/Lime When You're Out

There’s a reason the Vodka/Water/Lime is the number one drink at The Strip every weekend.

We’ve all been through it. Whether it was sometime in high school, out freshman year of college or the day we turned 21, at some point you have or will tried to order a drink while you’re out on the town. I’m here to end all the experimentation, and give you a go-to drink that is sweeping across college campuses everywhere, the Vodka-Water-Lime, and the reasons why, are clear to see.

1. It will keep you hydrated

It may seem trivial but hydration is key if you’re planning on drinking any amount any time, or so I have been told. But let’s face it, biology grants us the ability to chug concoctions called 4-Lokos with ease while drinking the recommended amount of water per day almost impossible. The drink that solves both issues—Vodka-Water-Lime.

2. It doesn't taste that bad

I’ll admit I was a little skeptical at first, but this drink isn’t that bad to swallow, especially when you think about some of the other things you could be drinking. There’s a reason why the only way people can drink tequila is in shot from or in a lime slushy. As the old saying goes: if you drink enough everything just tastes like water, and this one already has water in it!

3. It gets you drunk

That’s right. It does the job. Isn’t that really all we want in a drink anyway, everything else is just trivial.

4. It establishes immediate common-ground

What is that girl next to you at the bar about to order? You guessed it. Now imagine that you are about to order the same thing, she is practically begging to dance on you at this point, it’s that easy.

5. Easy, Quick, Universal

There are just three simple ingredients, and the amounts of which are subject to your personal preference and tolerance levels. It doesn’t require the aid of Chet the self-proclaimed mixologist to make—it’s so easy a baby could do it! And it’s known virtually everywhere, if you’re ever in a place that doesn’t have either vodka, water, or limes, you’re probably there against your will anyway.

6. Health Benefits

Since most people don’t drink liquor straight, the use of a chaser or mixer is required, but we all know the problems that causes. Sugar and alcohol don’t mix well, not to mention the calories in soda. Vodka-Water-Lime has not calories and no sugar added. On top of that, the presence of water and lack of soda is almost a guarantee that you won’t be hungover the next day.

7. It's shameless

With all of the numerous benefits, it’s impossible to give someone a hard time for ordering this, yet it happens. Becky’s friends may tell her that she looks great and shouldn’t be concerned about her calories. WELL MAYBE BECKY JUST LIKES THE TASTE. Still, Bradley may get bold and order one out with the boys, but since there’s nothing to crack open, he may be the butt of their jokes, but Bradley knows that he made the right choice.

NOTE: limes can be substituted for other in-season citrus fruits.

There’s a reason the Vodka-Water-Lime is the number one drink at The Strip every week. The facts are there; it’s not fake news. Vodka-Water-Lime should be your new drink. It’s not just something you adopt in college or for a few nights out, it’s a lifestyle. The Vodka-Water-Lime is classy and sophisticated, it is a drink that you can order somewhere fancy like a restaurant or a Carnival cruise ship, or even on your wedding night.

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10 Things I Learned From Joining A Non-Traditional Sorority

Joining a non-traditional sorority may not be normal but it can have its benefits.


When I started college, I had no intention of joining a sorority. However after hearing my friends talk about the amazing time they were having in their sororities I decided to try and join one. After multiple failed attempts at joining a traditional sorority, I finally found my forever home… in a non-traditional sorority. And after talking to my friends in traditional sororities, I found there are a few things that are different.

​1.  Every time you mention being in a sorority, you get a million questions of which one and people don’t seem to understand when it is not a traditional one.

2. You get to know all your sisters extremely well... almost too well.

3. You don’t have to drink to have a fun time.

4. You can’t find your sorority letters anywhere unless you special order them.

5. It tends to be cheaper to go the non-traditional route.

6. Big/Little is just as important for your sorority as a traditional one.

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7. There are secrets… a lot of secrets. But it is so worth it.

8. There is very little drama but when it does happen everyone knows everything.

9. Your sisters will become your best friends and your big/little will be even closer than that.

10. No matter where you go you will see a sister and know her name.

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