:: Tuesday, August 30, 2005 ::
In Fairness, A Post About Frats
The vast majority of fraternities at the University of Illinois (and there are a lot, we have the largest Greek system in the country, unfortunately), appear to exist to allow middle- to upper-class males an opportunity to ingest large quantities of alcohol on a regular basis. While a few fraternities may actually abide by the rules against under-age alcohol consumption, most just pay lip service, especially when freshman/sophomore women are involved. I am aware of a couple of frats who actually do more than this - namely, extend the definition of "social" beyond "drinking" and towards comraderie and fellowship, all while doing meaningful community service, but they appear to be the exception rather than the rule. Appart from these few examples, the greater University community wouldn't lose anything by doing away with the fraternity system.
Again, did I miss anything?
:: The Squire 2:47 PM :: email this post :: ::