Imagine a 100 yard dash. Everyone is at the starting line ready to race, but you get a 50 yard head start. Is there any way you can not win. That 50 yard head start is just like a fraternity. It gives you that extra something that not everyone else is getting. Fraternities are perceived by many to be negative. A common fallacy that is passed around is that fraternities cause students to have lower grades. Another fallacy about fraternities is that they are only about partying and getting drunk. In this speech I am going to dismiss these two fallacies, and also talk to you about the brotherhood side of a fraternity.
Many people believe that a fraternity will cause a student to receive lower grades than someone who is not in a fraternity. This is common hear say. In the fraternity I am pledging, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, we are required to spend 6 hours of time in the library studying. Now I can almost guarantee that I would not have put that time in if I was not rushing the house. Also, this week is finals and that means higher standards. Beginning this weekend on Saturday, we were required to spend five hours per night in library studying for our finals. This continues all the way through Wednesday night. With these requirements, it is almost impossible to not study. Another positive point is that the house has a set level where everyone has to be. Everyone in the house must earn a 2.25 GPA to go to any social events. If they do not earn the required GPA, they are then put on social probation, which is a huge incentive. Many successful people have been involved in the Greek life. Some successful people that have been in the Greek system have been ¾ of US congress members, 85% of Supreme Court Justices, and President of our school Victor Boschini. Another interesting fact about Greek life, is that only 3 U.S. presidents since 1825 have not been in a house. Now all those people seem pretty established to me so I do not think that grades are a problem in the...
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