Greek life is a very big part of many colleges. Whether it’s a small community college or a big Division 1 school, fraternities and sororities can usually be found on the campus. But with Greek life also comes the negative stereotypes about it. People think Greek life is all about binge drinking and having sex with random people. They never truly get to know and experience the real side of the Greek community. They don’t know that Greek communities benefit the campus and town in a very positive way and are majority of the time more helpful than harmful. Greek fraternities and sororities are very beneficial to the campus and city that they inhabit.
Greek life has always gotten a bad rep in the eyes of people. This could very well be due to the partying attitude that is portrayed in movies and TV. They portray fraternities and sororities and nothing but party going college kids who are inebriated all the time and do nothing but party, drink, and have sex. With movies like Animal House, American Pie Beta House, and The House Bunny people see Greek life doing nothing but partying. But what those movies don’t show is the hard work and dedication that is put into the fundraisers and philanthropies of those Greek families. Each year Greek fraternities and sororities put in countless hours into volunteering around their communities. My fraternity, Sigma Pi, is required to put in at least ten hours of community service each semester. And with thirty-four members in our fraternity, that’s over three hundred hours of community service hours each semester. Now does that sound like the extreme party life that is portrayed in the movies? Fraternities put a lot more work into giving back into the community than most people realize.
One thing that Greek life does very well is they put a very large amount of work into their fundraisers. Greek life sadly isn’t funded by the school. Or any outside sources for that matter. Fraternities and sororities have to both come up with their own capital. Now, a lot of money can be brought in via the dues that are owed each semester. Each Greek organization requires its affiliates to pay a certain amount of dues to cover insurance and partially fund the group. But they cannot solely rely on dues to make their money. That is why they put on fundraisers. Greek organizations have to make their own money for their events so when they need to do that they host fundraisers. The fundraisers are usually something fun that the student body can participate in as well. For example, the fundraiser of the Delta Omega Chapter of Sigma Pi is the annual “Buy a Guy”. It is exactly what it sounds like, a male auction. Each member of Sigma Pi is auctioned off to the highest bidder in order to raise money and have a fun time in the process. Last year, over $1,200 dollars were raised at “Buy a Guy” alone. Another big fundraiser that happens annually is the Phi Kappa Psi “Glow Party”. Each year, the gentlemen of Phi Psi will host a dry (non-alcoholic) party on the campus of SIUe and will charge people $5 to get in or so. It is a really fun event for all and usually is a packed event Greek life also gives back to their campus as well. With events like the glow party, the foam party, and the pig roast, the fraternities of SIUe alone give back largely to their campuses. The pig roast is Sigma Pi calls their Altruistic Campus Experience or ACE project. The ACE project first came to be in 2003 at a midyear conference of Sigma Pi. The idea was to give back to the campus for all that it does for fraternities and set up a great alma mater experience for when the undergrad students move on. It gives back to the campus and sets up a great relation with the campus and fraternity. (3) The altruistic campus experience project for the Delta Omega chapter of Sigma Pi is the annual pig roast. It provides pork, drinks, and entertainment for the campus of SIUe all for free....
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