I am writing in response to the ignorant letters from non-Greek CSU students. The Greek System happens to be one of leadership, scholarship and fellowship.
I am a member of the Greek community and would like to educate my fellow students about our organization. Contrary to popular belief we actually do care about academia (gasp!) and we currently have a higher GPA than all campus, all women and all Greeks.
Each woman works exceedingly hard in school and several maintain 4.0 GPAs. Sorority women are not only scholars but also well-rounded, and the diversity of majors and interests spans the entire CSU spectrum.
Additionally, we do philanthropic work for multiple organizations, and our house nationally raised more than $194,000 last year. For two days last week, members of our house stood in front of the Clark Building and collectively raised $1,400 for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Unfortunately, that did not make headlines.
Regarding the alcohol situation, each girl makes her own decisions as to her drinking habits or lack thereof, and this decision has nothing to do with being Greek. There is absolutely no alcohol involved in any organized sorority event, especially initiation, and hazing is strictly forbidden. I am not going to deny that there are possibly a select few in the Greek System that routinely live up to recent headlines, but as a whole, the stereotypes are blatantly wrong.
Greeks are held to a higher standard than other student organizations on campus because the expectations for us are greater. I am not making an attempt to change anyone's opinion of Greek Life because you cannot entirely comprehend it from the outside, but please do not criticize something you have not made an effort to understand.
Liberal Arts/Dance Major