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Greek life? How about get a life?

By Alexa Armstrong | Managing Editor
On April 25, 2012

Western is quite possibly one my favorite places in the entire world. It is pure, simple, and intimate; a dying breed when it comes to colleges in the United States. It would be a tragedy to see this school fall victim to the commercialism of Greek life.

I can just see it now: intramural beer pong teams, pimp and hoe day will become a local holiday, and a wall of fame for the walk of shame will shine proudly in the Werner Center. At least the Monmouth Police will finally have a purpose in this town.

But all silly (although generally accurate) stereotypes aside, I personally do not believe that Greek life is a healthy addition to campus. When I say healthy, I am not referring to beer guts, alcohol poisoning or liver damage; I am talking about mental health.

Being a college student is hard enough on the psyche without adding the unnecessary pressure to be aesthetically pleasing. I mean,  as much fun as dying my hair bleach blonde and rolling around in Dorito powder sounds, I think I will pass. It is not healthy for girls or boys to feel  that they have to surpass impossible standards to be accepted in society.

Being part of a sorority or fraternity changes how people treat each other, now and in the future. Greek systems teach young impressionable 18-year-olds that their self worth is based solely on the color of their hair, the tags on their clothing, or by how much they weigh.

This is not an accurate portrayal of the real world. To some extent (as much as we all hate to admit it), first impressions are based on how you look, but the real test is what comes out of your mouth. Is it educated, or do you sound like you have spent the last four years studying the importance of faux fur panties?

If Western instates Greek life, what are we doing to the generations that follow us? Are we dooming them to a life of petty judgments and arrogant behavior? These are the people who are going to rule our world someday; do we really want to create that shallow of a class? I certainly do not want to have anything to do with it.

Media has shed an interesting light on Greek life. It has both glorified it and made us pity those involved, but either way you look at it, fraternities and sororities are without a doubt overrated societal rituals that have no true advantages.

Some might argue that Western will only be allowing academic and cultural sororities and fraternities, but let's be honest: any 18-year-old surrounded by other 18-year-olds can make a drinking game out of anything.

But let's look at it from a different point of view: Western has and always been about the blending of cultures. We are the melting pot school; it is what makes us unique in a sense. If you give one group of people a sorority or fraternity, that is a man-made divide between cultures, between people. We are no longer mixing cultures, but segregating them.

I have been going to Western for three years now, and I have never once felt the need to join a clique or be a part of a group to fit in, because there are none, and that is what is so beautiful about this school. I believe that to create sororities and fraternities here is to smother what is so wonderful about Western.

I would hate to see Western become unrecognizable and superficial. If it is not broken, do not fix it.


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