Greek Life: Not Just What You See in the News

Another day, another story about Greek-letter organizations doing things to reinforce every stereotype people have against them. What was it this time? The chapters of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and Chi Omega sorority on the University of Pennsylvania campus held a mixer with a “gangsta” theme.

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The chapters are now, deservedly so, getting reamed for being culturally insensitive. This party led a columnist for Philadelphia Magazine to label UPenn students “shmucks” in a letter addressed to “Penn Kids.”

He wrote, “You’re not actually kids, after all: You’re adults. Maybe you were raised with too much “faux” ironic comedy racism in your pop culture to know the difference, but making fun of other races? Not actually cool. So grow up.”

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Delta Sigma Theta Celebrates 98th Anniversary

sorority lettersThe world’s largest African-American sorority, Delta Sigma Theta celebrates its 98th anniversary today. Founded in 1913 at Howard University, the organization now has over 200,000 members and more than 900 chapters around the world.

Delta Sigma Theta is founded on the principles of promoting education and performing community service. The first Delta Sigma Theta sisters participated in the Women’s Suffrage March in Washington D.C. that year.

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Are Pledges Being Pushed to Alcohol Poisoning by Sororities?

Almetris Duren Hall Dormitory

Almetris Duren Hall Dormitory

It’s not unusual for colleges for freshmen to drink too much in the first few weeks at college, but is pledging leading students to drink dangerously? This week, two young women at the University of Texas were hospitalized for alcohol poisoning after a sorority pledging event.

One girl was found foaming at the mouth in the shower by her roommate. The other was discovered unconscious on the bathroom floor of the Almetris Duren Hall dorm. Both girls were hospitalized. “When freshmen get here, they kind of go a little crazy and you often times find people passed out or stumbling drunk,” said one University of Texas senior.

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Debunking Greek Life Stereotypes

Greek LifeIt is often said about Greek Life that “from the outside looking in, you could never understand it, and from the inside looking out, we could never explain it.”

Well, here is my effort to explain and counter-argue some of the stereotypes plaguing fraternity and sororities across the nation.

Stereotype: Joining a Greek organization inhibits academic performance

Most fraternities and sororities consistently stay above the average grade point average of their college’s students. Also, at most campuses, notable public speakers are invited to discuss the importance of academic excellence, effective study habits and essentials to achieving scholastic success. Additionally, retreats are often offered for all undergraduate members along with numerous leadership conferences and conventions. Each chapter is also required to have a scholarship and new member education chairperson responsible for ensuring academic success, like study hour logging programs, academic accountability partners, and scholarship programs to aid in academic performance. Read the rest of this entry »

Chi Omega, America’s Largest Sorority, Holds 58th Biennial Convention in Orlando

Chi Omega Convention 2010It is widely known that Chi Omega is the largest sorority in America, as people regularly comment that one out of every five Greek women are a member of the sorority represented by owls, carnation red and straw.

Founded in 1895 at the University of Arkansas there are six purposes of the sorority: friendship, high standards of personnel, sincere learning and credible scholarship, participation in campus activities, career and personal development and community service.

This past weekend the ladies of Chi Omega came together for Chi Omega’s 58th Biennial Convention at the JW Marriot Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Those in attendance from each collegiate chapter were the president, treasurer, personnel advisor, financial advisor, and the housing advisor, as well as alumnae members and their guests.

Alumnae, advisors and collegians attended academic, philanthropic and leadership workshops, group meals, meetings and events that cultivated friendships. There were also awards banquets and receptions to honor those who made exceptional contributions to Chi Omega’s national philanthropy, the Make a Wish Foundation. Additionally, attendees also had the opportunity to partake in the Owl Trot, a run/walk to benefit the Chi Omega Foundation’s Owl Tree.

Those in attendance said the convention was wonderful and proved to further strengthen Chi Omega’s commitment to personal integrity, excellence in academic and intellectual pursuits, inter-generational participation, community service, leadership opportunities and social enrichment.

Greek Life: Fact or Fiction?

Greeks Don't Always Fit the Sterotype

Greeks Don't Always Fit the Sterotype

There are many myths about fraternities and sororities: All frat boys are jocks who drink too much. Sorority girls are spoiled little princesses who don’t know how to work.

These are not true! It’s not fair to stereotype such a large group of people.

The Greek system has millions of members across the country. So, for your viewing pleasure, here are some of the most common myths and legends about Greek life.

Myth: Going Greek will lower my GPA.

Fact: Actually, that’s not necessarily true. Sure, Greeks do have a lot of social activities, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to study and your grades will fall. In fact, at many schools, Greek students have higher GPAs on average than non-Greek students.

Myth: You have to drink to be Greek.

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Famous Sorority Sisters

Each fall sororities across the nation usher in a new class of sisters, thus furthering their rich traditions. Sororities offer young college women more than a social outlet, but academic support, networking, leadership and more.trista and ryan wedding

Here we’ve listed some of the famous or celebrity members of many popular sororities, women who started just as any other sister and rose to become great authors, singers, politicians, authors or artists.

Alpha Chi Omega

  • Condoleeza Rice – Former Secretary of State
  • Trista Rehn – Bachelorette

Alpha Delta Pi

Tips for Sorority Recruitment

Entering the Greek system and joining a sorority is a rite of passage for many college women, whether continuing a family legacy or creating a lifestyle that promotes friendship, academic accountability and socializing.sorority girls

Don’t take the decision lightly though. Everything from determining if sorority life is ideal for you to choosing a house in which you’ll fit are important points to consider. This guide can provide some insight from sorority alumni on getting through sorority rush (the recruitment week), determining which house is best for you, and even leave you with some questions you’ll need to answer.

One of the first things you should do is determine if being a part of a sorority is the best choice for you. And that’s a decision only you can make. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 20 College Sorority Names

Being a part of a Greek organization such as a sorority is often the first order of business for life on campus for college freshman. Typically a rush week just prior or at the start of the fall semester makes it possible for women to visit each sorority house on campus, before an invitation is extended to join one house or another. These sororities can be a major part of a student’s college career, being a source of social activities, cultivating relationships and keeping students accountable for their academic performance.

Let’s take a look at some of the sorority nicknames that can help a college freshman learn their way around the Greek system using the Greek alphabet.

Alpha Chi Omega

Founded 1885 on the Depauw University campus in Greencastle, IN by the dean of the music school, in an effort to cultivate a music culture for women. The Alpha Chis support charities for domestic violence, and famous alumnae include former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Bachelorette Trista Rehn Sutter.

Alpha Phi

Alpha Phi was the fourth Greek organization ever founded for women, in 1872 at Syracuse University. The sorority promotes sisterhood and character with philanthropic efforts focused on cardiac care and research. Famous alumnae include actress Jeri Ryan and Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey.

Chi Omega

The Chi Omega sorority was founded at the University of Arkansas in 1895, with the purpose of promoting friendship, scholarship, campus socializing and personal and career development. The Chi-O women support the Make-A-Wish Foundation and is currently the nation’s largest sorority. Celebrity alumnae include actress Lucy Liu and Tamira Cole, the sorority’s first black member and 2009 Miss Black Kentucky.

Delta Delta Delta

Not feeling as though they fit in with the other sororities at Boston University, four women began Delta Delta Delta in 1888. Their goal was for the women to be “kind alike to all” and to “think more of inner self and character than of personal appearance.” The Tri-Delts support children’s cancer charities, namely St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. In 1992, a famous SNL skit made the sorority a household name. Celebrity alumnae include actress Elizabeth Banks and CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric.

Delta Gamma

In 1873 at the Lewis School for Girls, Delta Gamma began with a purpose of helping women strive for excellence. The sorority has historical ties with the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. The philanthropic efforts of the DGs is focused on Service for Sight, matching their motto to “Do Good.” Celebrity alumnae of Delta Gamma include actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and ESPN Sports Reporter Jill Arrington.

Delta Zeta

Delta Zeta was founded at Miami University in Ohio in 1902 by six women. This was the same year that women were given status to enroll as full-time students at Miami University. Their purpose was to cultivate friendship, knowledge, social culture and unity. The Delta Zeta women support organizations for the hearing or speech impaired. Famous alumnae include The View co-host Joy Behar and “Brady Bunch mom” Florence Henderson.

Kappa Delta

The sorority was founded in 1897 at the State Female Normal School, now Longwood University, by four women aged 15 to 23. Their objective was to perpetuate friendship, fellowship and sisterly love. The Kappa Deltas support four organizations — Girl Scouts, Prevent Child Abuse America, Children’s Hospital of Richmond, Virginia and Orthopaedic Research Awards. Famous Kappa Delta alumnae include former Miss USA and actress Ali Landry and the Army’s first three-star general Claudia Kennedy.

Kappa Kappa Gamma

The KKG sorority was founded at Monmouth College in 1870 by six women. It remains one of the oldest and largest active Greek organizations. The principle ideals set forth by the founding women were friendship, scholarship and leadership. The official philanthropy of Kappa Kappa Gamma is Reading is Fundamental. Famous Kappa alumnae include actresses Ashley Judd and Sophia Bush.

Pi Beta Phi

The Pi Beta Phi sorority was also founded at Monmouth College in 1867 by a group of women who wanted their own version of the men’s secret societies. The Pi Phis philanthropic efforts focus on literacy organizations like Champions Are Readers. Celebrity alumnae include actress Jennifer Garner and former First Lady Barbara Bush.

Zeta Tau Alpha

The State Female Normal School, now Longwood University, also produced the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Founded in 1898 by nine women pursuing education degrees with the purpose of promoting friendship and happiness that would help build a purer womanhood. The Zetas philanthropic work benefits breast cancer awareness, with their national charity being The Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Famous ZTA alumnae include ESPN reporter Erin Andrews and President Gerald Ford’s daughter Susan Ford Bales.

Also see our list of Famous Sorority Sisters.

Miami University’s Delta Delta Delta Chapter Suspended

It was announced that the Delta Beta chapter of the Delta Delta Delta women’s fraternity will be closing its doors at Miami University in Ohio, with no opportunity to return until 2011. According to a story published on the fraternity’s national site, reports of hazing were made in early February and the organization worked closely with university officials to conduct a thorough investigation. They soon concluded that the hazing incident was against both Miami Student Code of Conduct and Tri Delta policy.tri delta logo

“We are deeply disappointed in the choices made by several members of our chapter at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio last month,” said Jackye Clark, President of Delta Delta Delta Fraternity. “This decision is made with a heavy heart, as our chapter at Miami University has enjoyed an uninterrupted 98-year span and positive track record with its host institution until now.”

Those members violating Tri Delta conduct policy face permanent removal from the organization, and those in good-standing may opt to become an unaffiliated collegiate member.


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