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Sep 132004
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

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

the community.

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


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