Certain stigmas about Greek life at CSU may be on the way
Last week, CSU Greek Life announced that the presidents of the
university’s fraternities and sororities have agreed to have a
substance-free policy in all Greek houses beginning Oct. 11.
The decision came soon after the university removed the Sigma Pi
fraternity as a student organization. CSU student Samantha Spady
was found dead Sept. 5 in the Sigma Pi house, but Spady’s cause of
death has not been released.
The members of Greek Life felt a change was necessary, which was
an important and significant decision. But it’s also important to
realize that there is more to Greek life than alcohol. The loss of
alcohol at fraternity houses, while upsetting to some members, is
not the be-all and end-all for many Greek students.
The stigma long applied to fraternities, and to some sororities,
is that of the “Animal House”-type atmosphere, with alcohol and
drug use reigning supreme. This stigma may be appropriate in some
cases, but many fraternities and sororities concentrate on the type
of brotherhood or sisterhood that is appealing to their members.
Greek organizations also participate in community service and
philanthropy that goes unnoticed by some people in the
The loss of alcohol at Greek houses may be a good opportunity
for the Greek system to get back to its communal and
philanthropical roots, both in the eyes of its members and those of
There has been a lot of criticism of fraternity and sorority
life recently in the media and throughout the state. While some of
that criticism may have been warranted, keep in mind that drinking
and partying are not the only things that make up Greek life at