By Jessica Joseph
February 14, 2013
On the Lock Haven University campus there are four fraternities, Alpha Sigma Phi, Alpha Chi Rho, Kappa Delta Rho, and Phi Mu Delta, and four sororities, Alpha Sigma Tau, Sigma Kappa, Sigma Sigma Sigma, and Zeta Tau Alpha.
Ryan Duffy, a brother of the Phi Mu Delta fraternity, said, “I think it’s important for people to go Greek because I feel like it makes you a better person. Joining the frat turned me into a leader and gave me experience I don’t think I would have gotten anywhere else.”
To join Greek life at Lock Haven University you have to have at least 12 credits along with a GPA of a 2.5 or higher. Even if you don’t meet the requirements, you are still welcome to attend recruitment events and see if Greek life is something you want to be a part of in the upcoming semester.
“I joined Greek life so I had something to come back to after I graduate. It’s also great for networking and job searching. Lastly, I have my best college memories with my fraternity brothers,” said John Burnside, a brother of the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity.
Lock Haven Greek life strives for service, whether it is with their national philanthropies or within the Lock Haven community itself. The Greek organizations participate in service events that happen on campus like Relay for Life, which is a 24-hour walk to raise money for cancer research.
Greek life has played a big part in making influential people that have been involved in the United States government. Forty-eight percent of all US presidents have been Greek, 42 percent of US Senators are Greek and 30 percent US Congressmen/women are Greek.
Other than government officials, tons of celebrities we see in the movies and on television have been a part of Greek life. Celebrities such as Dick Clark, Will Ferrell, Vanessa Williams, David Letterman, Carrie Underwood, and Brad Pitt are just a few famous names that have been lucky enough to call themselves Greeks.
Colton Weichman, a brother of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, said, “Going Greek is a big time choice in someone’s life. By going Greek you are committing to something that holds you to a higher standard and to be a better person. I love the fact that I decided to do this with my life and get out and help in the community.”
“I think anyone should go Greek because it’s truly the best decision you will make in college. Without going Greek, I would not have made the close friendships or connections I have the past three years,” said Kayla Quinn, a sister of the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority.
By joining Greek life you will be making friends, becoming a leader, participating in service activities and many more things that are beyond imagining. You are also gaining a support system, everlasting bonds, and values that will last a lifetime.
Anna Catherine, a sister of the Sigma Kappa sorority, said “Greek life is important to me because it has made me who I am today. It is a place where you create lifelong bonds, personal growth, networking and an opportunity to give back to the neighborhood as well as national organizations.”
Being a Greek has the power to make you a leader outside of government as well. Some of the United States’ greatest leaders were a part of Greek life, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Neil Armstrong, Condoleeza Rice and Thurgood Marshall.
“I feel students should go Greek because it definitely improves leadership skills, it is an opportunity to help out our community, and it isn’t all about partying or any of the negative stereotypes that movies and the media make it out to be,” said Justin Campbell, a brother of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity.
Emily Bagushinski, a sister of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, said “I went Greek because I was having a really hard freshman year. The same problems any freshman would have! Roommates, getting involved on campus, etc. The girls in Greek life opened their arms to me and helped me move through that really rough transition. I knew I wanted to help others who were in the same position as me.”
Going Greek can change your life and if you want to take the next step and get more knowledge of the Fraternities and Sororities on campus look for the recruitment event posters for each Greek organization during the next two weeks throughout campus.
Jessica Joseph is a sophmore majoring in communication and political science and can be contacted at email@example.com.