Tina Nalepa – Contributing Writer
Sororities and fraternities would be a positive addition to the Lasell community. Greek life promotes friendship, academics, leadership, community service, and career networking. Greek life on the campus would keep students at Lasell during the weekends and give back to the Lasell community, Newton community, and the Greater Boston area.
Community service is a big aspect of being part of a sorority or fraternity. Chapters provide services back to the university and the community at large. Several Lasell students are passionate about helping others, and if Lasell had Greek life on campus then those people who like to help and serve others and are enthusiastic about charitable causes can have that opportunity.
Another positive quality about being a member of Greek life is you have the opportunity to meet students from various locations and backgrounds with similar and different personalities and interests. Each chapter will form trust with one another and form a bond of sisterhood and brotherhood. By being part of a sorority or fraternity, students who join will make long lasting friendships and relationships.
Academics come first, and a primary purpose of Greek life is to encourage and motivate each other academically. Several factors contribute to the academic atmosphere in Greek life, including peer tutoring and mandatory chapter study hours that mimic a study hall. Most chapters also include a minimum GPA between 2.7 and 3.0 in order to be eligible for participation in a chapter.
Although there are several positive aspects to Greek life, a downfall is the cost. Each semester, every member has to pay a $400 due. That due does not come out of the students’ yearly school tuition. In addition, this due does not include sprit wear for the chapter a member is involved in. Also, some universities that allow Greek housing on campus have to pay a higher fee.
However, a lot of smaller universities have no housing and just have their Greek life as an organization on campus. This would be a positive idea to run meetings, activities, and community service. Even though most people believe cost to be a main issue among sororities and fraternities, prospective members should think of all the opportunities one can benefit from by joining Greek life.
It is proven that alumni of Greek life are more likely than non-Greeks to participate in community service after graduation. Also, members of sororities and fraternities raise approximately $7 million per year for charities. 70 percent of the United States president’s cabinet members since 1900 have been fraternity and sorority members.
Sororities and fraternities would be a positive aspect to the Lasell community. Greek life promotes friendship, academics, leadership, community service, and career networking. All of these are beneficial for students who are part of Greek life and in their future endeavors.