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In 1776, five students at the College of William & Mary formed a secret society called Phi Beta Kappa. Grounded in principles such as scholarship, service, brotherhood and leadership, this group set the precedent for today’s fraternities and sororities. Now, 240 years later, the climate on college campuses is different and many Greek organizations at institutions across the country have come under fire for inappropriate behavior.

Does Greek life serve a purpose on today’s campus? If so, what purpose? If not, why not?

Greek life allows individuals the opportunity to meet like-minded students. There are always weekly activities for us to do together from movie and game nights to ultimate Frisbee. It is a great way to relieve stress when you have a tightly wound week. Although we as students should always be focused on studies, sometimes it can become a bit overwhelming. It’s nice to participate in activities that promote a peaceful state of mind. Greek life also offers the opportunity to experience things one may not have experienced before, such as volunteering. As a member of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, I have had the opportunity to assist various organizations and individuals.

– Camille Fuller ’17

Greek life assists in molding individuals in a lot of different aspects both in college and in life after college. Aside from the lifelong friendships that are built, people learn how to work with others to achieve a common goal. There are many different personalities in any group just as there is in the workplace. Communication and teamwork are two traits learned from Greek life that are much needed in any area of life. Networking is also a benefit of Greek life as it joins people from around the country in common bond. The idea of philanthropy is one of the most important concepts that is a part of Greek life. Giving of yourself and helping others is an  invaluable benefit of Greek life that I still employ today. I doubt I would be the confident educator and individual that I am today without the experiences I had as a Greek.

Patricia Fitzgerald ’93, President, Albright Alumni Association

Greek life provides opportunities for students to find community when they arrive on campus, and a healthy, vibrant and dynamic Greek community can help to facilitate civic engagement in philanthropic activity that bolsters the College campus considerably. It is imperative though that the Greek community hold itself to the standards established by their respective chapters. The stories in the press about Greek organizations behaving inappropriately (hazing, sexual assaults, etc.) give the entire community a bad reputation. It is incumbent upon the members of the Greek community on campus to live the values they espouse as members and act with integrity so as to overcome those stereotypes.

– Kim Field Jacobs, Ph.D. ’99

Greek life is a very important aspect to Albright and to the surrounding community. I myself am not involved in a Greek organization, but I know that they do a lot of volunteer hours to help the community. Involvement also helps to shape the participants to be better people and it  keeps students busy and away from other activities that could be detrimental. For many, it’s a support system and safety net, too. In every organization or group there is bound to be a problem or a negative aspect at some point, and it’s easy to exploit that. The hard part is being a good person and seeing the good stuff and not being afraid to speak about both.

– Ahmed Elhaddad ’18

Greek life serves a purpose on today’s campus in many ways. One purpose is to provide students a way to get involved with not just campus activities and community projects, but also with national organizations and bigger causes. Each Greek organization has a philanthropy that they support and they bring information about their cause to campus, raising  awareness with other students about such things as Alzheimer’s, muscular dystrophy, pediatric cancer and more. They also work in the Albright and Reading communities to support  the smaller facets that make up their philanthropies, like volunteering at a nursing home, visiting the Ronald McDonald House, etc. And, they raise money to support these causes through the national Greek organizations.

– Amanda Walck ’14, Assistant Director, The Fund for Albright

Greek life is alive and well on today’s college campus. For those who are interested in Greek life it is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other students who share similar interests and goals. Greek life provides students with the confidence and potential to become leaders on their campus and in the world after college. Joining a fraternity or a sorority allows students to make lifelong friendships and even fosters connections in the workplace. It encourages a higher standard of education and philanthropy. In fact, Greek organizations tend to hold the highest GPA’s on their campuses and put in more service hours than other student organizations.

– Mary Rose Davis ’15, Admission Counselor

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