Letters to the editor: Greek Life opportunities
Issue date: 4/16/10 Section: Opinion
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Greek life has plenty of opportunities for those who seek them
One of the points made repeatedly during discussions of the SEC budget redistribution is that not all students have access to Greek life. The argument goes that Greeks should not receive funding from the Student Activities Fees (SAF) that every student pays since not everyone can go Greek. Independent of my sentiments about how SEC allocates money, the argument that Greek Life is "exclusive" or that not all students have access to Greek life is flawed. While formal sorority recruitment is complicated to say the least, one thing that is clear is that any woman is welcome to participate. According to the Greek Life Office only four of the more than 125 women that participated were not offered a bid to join a chapter. Granted, some of the bids may not have been from the woman's first choice, but practically any and all women who want to join Greek Life are given the opportunity to do so.
For fraternities, men are sometimes disappointed that they do not get a bid to a particular chapter. However there are 15 distinct fraternities at Case, each with their own unique personality. Just because a man doesn't get a bid to join from one chapter does not mean that he won't get a bid to any - there is no black list - and it is nearly certain that he will benefit from a fraternity experience even if he is initially rejected by a specific chapter. It may take some time and work to find the right chapter to rush, but I'm confident that there is at least one chapter for every man at Case.
Of course there are financial considerations. There are several chapters at Case that offer assistance with dues payments when there is demonstrated need. Additionally, some chapters offer scholarships that go beyond dues and help pay tuition. Financial concerns should not prevent any Case student from at least considering Greek Life.
Students make a choice to not join Greek Life. I made a choice not to attend Sweatpants and Taco Bell Night. Saying that this or any other event funded by SAF is exclusive is just as unreasonable as saying that Greek life is only for the few. While only 30 percent of students are in Greek, there is no reason why more people can't participate. Chapters increase in size regularly, and occasionally new chapters come to Case when there is a demonstrated interest.
The only overriding factor that can keep someone from joining Greek Life is poor grades. And since Case is first and foremost a school, this seems fair. I understand that not everyone wants to go Greek and that's completely fine. But saying that Greek Life is segregating or arguing that there are students who want to join chapters yet cannot find a place in the Greek community is simply untrue.
Steven Binzel, Phi Kappa Tau Recruitment Chair