EXPLORING GREEK LIFE Essay

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EXPLORING GREEK LIFE

Presented to
Lisa Turner
Missouri State University

Presented by

Student
Missouri State University

December 2, 2013

December 2, 2012

Lisa Turner
Missouri State University
901 S National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65807

Dear Professor Turner,

The following attached report is over any stereotypes, and or misconceptions of Greek Life, and the Greek communities at universities all over the nation.

This report explores Greek life in a couple ways:

Main stereotypes about Greek life in America

The impact that Greek life has on an individual that’s currently involved

Impact it has on the university and local community

With a broad range of research that’s consisted of national statistics, Greek organizations, University pages, and surveys from individual students. The results show that Greek life has primarily a positive impact on society and individuals that join them.

If you’re willing, I would be honored to discuss this report with you, and its consequences.

Sincerely,

Student

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Table of Contents

EXCLUSIVE SUMMARY....................................................................................................…...4

INTRODUCTION: HISTORY OF GREEK LIFE…………………………….….………….…5

THE GREEK STUDENT……….………………...…………………………….……………….6

GREEKS IN THE COMMUNITY……………..……………………………….……………….7

CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS……….……………………….……………..7

REFERENCES………………………………………………….……………………………….8

Exclusive Summary

The College’s Working Group on Greek Life and Campus Community formed to examine how fraternities and sororities can best contribute to certain University’s futures in the context of the College’s strategic plans. The objective here was to understand more clearly the benefits of fraternity and sorority membership and develop insight on avenues for preserving and enhancing these benefits while mitigating problems the chapters face. Greek event’s improves relationships between the College and the Greek community; the Greek community as a center for academic excellence and innovation; supporting a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming Greek community; promoting personal integrity, responsibility, and well-being in the Greek community; and the College’s recognition and assessment of Greek organizations.

The conclusions drawn from this report are based on extensive research. Sources include some surveys, interviews, statistics, and information directly from organization and university websites as stated above.

Report shows benefits in the following areas:

College Life: Individuals in Greek organizations do thousands of community service hours, hold several leadership positions, most are even homecoming king and queen, and are the greatest donors to alumni funding.

Individual impact: On average Greeks have higher GPAs and graduation rates, tend to have larger social and professional networks for later life, and are shown to be more successful upon graduation.

Through these statistics, Greek organizations should be encouraged by universities rather than be used as a victim for problems on campus through stereotypes. An increase in the possibility of Greek life would increase the quality of life for individuals, and the well-being of the community as a whole.

INTRODUCTION: THE COLLEGE LIFE AND GREEK LIFE

This report examines the positive impact of Greek life in American Universities.

How do fraternities and sororities impact universities and communities?

BACKGROUND: WHAT IS FRATERNITY AND SOROITY LIFE?

Secret societies have existed for hundreds and sometimes even thousands of years. The freemasons are probably one of the most famously recolonized of all. In 1776, a secret society was founded at the college of William and Mary called Phi Beta Kappa. This group differed from those before it in that it had a Greek-letter name. It was the first Greek Fraternity and it set the traditions for those to follow.

The…