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Ivy Seacrest, Director of Life and Culture
August 18, 2022
Crazy parties can happen when you’re thinking about joining a fraternity or sorority this fall, but the reality is a lot more complicated. If you really want to join in the fun, you should consider whether a commitment is right for you.
While movies like Neighbors might lead you to believe that fraternities and witchcraft are full of vindictive banter, many Colorado State University students have found their branches in historical Greek life organizations.
“It’s important to find people to hang out with,” said Trey Wallen, president of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. “A lot of people are looking for a connection that they saw in a movie or where their dad went, and not every connection will be the same on every campus.”
Greek life is based on the idea of fraternity and brotherhood, and at CSU, according to the website CSU Fraternity and Sorority Life, the goal is to “challenge and encourage one’s path to growth and the attainment of unique potential.”
This type of involvement isn’t for everyone, and if you’re not interested, there are plenty of alternative communities and clubs ready to welcome you. But there is a lot more diversity in the CSU than you might think. And the sense of community these organizations provide attracts many students.
“[The new pledges]should try to find the fraternity that suits them,” said Sean Lowry, President and Scholarship Director of Farmhouse Fraternity Diversity and Inclusion. “The fraternities are not all the same, especially in the CSU.”
“In some ways, well, fraternity and sorority life has a bad reputation for too many terrible examples. But I think at CSU we work really hard to be progressive and to drive positive change.” – McKenna Daly, President of Chi Omega
It is important to choose what suits you best because the relationships formed in Greek life are priceless.
“When my mother’s parents died, all of her sisters were at our house,” said McKenna Daly, president of Chi Omega at CSU. “My dad helped him cope and he cooked us dinner and drove me to school.”
McKenna Daly has served as President of the Chi Omega Sorority since January 30, 2022. Daly said he hoped more first graders would take the opportunity to expand his network through Greek life. (College | Trai Duong)
“A lot of people say that engaging in witchcraft buys you friends, and in a way you’re not wrong,” Daly said. “But it’s not. It pays to have an organization, have opportunities to network, and meet great people along the way.”
This communal aspect of Greek life is universal, and even the process of rushing can help you form lifelong friendships. Many students find their people through the Greek community, but this is not necessary for a healthy college social life.
“If you don’t want to rush a sorority, don’t feel pressured,” Wallen said. “You can meet people naturally, and if it leads you to a fraternity you like, great. If not, great.”
Some aspects of Greek life can be overwhelming, so it’s important to be transparent about yourself and your individual needs when hiring.
Drinking culture is one of the aspects that can take away members’ academics, Lowry said. When students put parties ahead of academics, they see the most problems in academia.
“It depends on how seriously you take it,” Lowry said. “For me personally, it makes me aware when I see people drinking, and for other people, if they’re not in the fraternity, they might not have as many excuses not to drink.”
Despite some specific issues related to Greek life, such as smog and alcohol pressure, CSU does its best to make Greek life safe and comfortable for its members.
“In a way, the lives of brothers and sisters get a bad rap for too many terrible examples,” Daly said. “But I think at CSU we work really hard to be progressive and bring about positive change.”
“We’re working really hard to make this available to everyone, to the best of our ability,” Daly said. “Specifically in our chapter, we nationally accept anyone who identifies as a woman, so trans women are allowed in our organization and it has nothing to do with your birth sex. Not bound.”
Inclusivity is important to the CSU community and is maintained as one of the pillars of the university community. And although Greek life is not for everyone, there is plenty of variety for those interested – it doesn’t have to be like in the cinema.
“There are social organizations like Chi Omega, but we also have cultural organizations, and we have a STEM sorority and things like that,” Daly said. “You get where you want to be.”
If you’re looking for a community to jump into this fall, consider recruiting Greek Life. Even if you’re not committed, you’ll likely make some lifelong friendships.
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