The authors of this article, the Editorial Board, seem to believe that sorority and fraternity life is a dangerous influence on campuses due to illegal practices like hazing and excessive drinking. In the article, they reference the impact of these practices on four university students who died while pledging, saying "these needless deaths at three different university campuses - along with the horrific death earlier this year of 19-year-old Timothy Piazza at Pennsylvania State University - have again focused attention on the heavy drinking and brainless hazing rituals too often associated with Greek campus life" (the Editorial Board). Although this opinion is strong throughout the article, the authors do state that it is not only a university problem, but a student problem, and it would also mean "students committing to changes in behavior" (the Editorial Board). *** "Colleges need to take on Greek life before more people die." Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2017. Global Issues In Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A515859514/OVIC?u=j084910011&sid=OVIC&xid=06dbb40a. Accessed 3 May 2018.
In this infographic, there are numerous facts stating the negative impact that college fraternities and sororities have on students in terms of alcoholism and the effects of excessive drinking. For example, the author states that hazing and alcohol cause around 80% of deaths on college campuses, and that over half a million college students experience alcohol related injuries a year (Scott Groza). It also claims that nearly half of all college students could be classified as alcoholics, meaning that it is not only just a Greek Life problem, but a cultural problem on college campuses (Scott Groza). ***Groza, Scott. “Alcohol Abuse on College Campuses.” Scott Groza, 23 Feb. 2017, scottgroza.com/alcohol-and-college-students/.
This article and video are an example of the dangerous consequences that members of fraternities and sororities can face when they participate in hazing and excessive drinking. The author states that four recent deaths were caused at multiple universities within the last year, yet there has been little punishment towards the fraternities/sororities themselves from administrators (CBS/AP). These terribly unfortunate incidences are not rare in the history of Greek Life, and due to this, many universities are considering banning Greek Life all together in the future. ***CBS/AP. “Racist Video Was a ‘Satirical Sketch," Syracuse Fraternity Says.” CBS News, CBS Interactive, 20 Apr. 2018, www.cbsnews.com/news/syracuse-university-theta-tau-racist-video-satirical-sketch-2018-04-20/.
The title of this article accurately describes the main problem that the author finds with Greek Life: unexpected/hidden costs and unrealistic time commitments for full time students. Doherty states that the negative impact of these commitments include, "the demands “take more time than an extra class” and "even though the word “optional” is attached to social mixers and dances, many sisters fear being treated with disapproval or left out of emerging social circles if they aren’t present" (Risa Doherty). The author also gives examples of students who had to drop out of pledging or stop being a member of sororities/fraternities because they witnessed a large decline in their grades and their overall wellbeing. Despite this outlook, Doherty also points out that "sororities can provide young women with a lively social life, engagement in community and the satisfaction of supporting worthy causes" (Risa Doherty), but they are not for the average college student. ***Doherty, Risa C. “Greek Letters at a Price.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 28 Oct. 2014, www.nytimes.com/2014/11/02/education/edlife/greek-letters-at-a-price.html.
In this article, Alan Reifman, the author, explored the possible positive and negative impacts that being involved in Greek Life could have on college students based on the experiences shared with him (a professor). He shared that although there are benefits of sororities and fraternities like social acceptance or improved self esteem, there are plenty of downsides as well, like heavy reliance on male dominance and heavy substance use/abuse (Alan Reifman). Overall, although the author believes that there are positive sides to joining Greek Life, he implies repeatedly that the negatives outweigh the positives. ***Reifman, Alan. “How Fraternities and Sororities Impact Students (Or Do They?).” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 1 Sept. 2011, www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-campus/201109/how-fraternities-and-sororities-impact-students-or-do-they.
This study was performed to examine how Greek affiliation and alcoholic tendencies like drunkorexia (limiting food intake to drink more alcohol) relate in terms of college students of today. Rose Marie Ward, the author, states that, "Greek affiliation and alcohol salience were related to higher levels of disordered eating and higher levels of drunkorexia" (Rose Marie Ward). She seems to believe that Greek affiliation has a negative health effect on college students, but despite this, she does say that, "greek communities may not cultivate these behaviors. Rather, it is possible heavier drinkers are attracted to these communities." (Rose Marie Ward). ***Ward, Rose Marie, et al. "An examination of drunkorexia, Greek affiliation, and alcohol consumption." Journal of Alcohol & Drug Education, vol. 59, no. 3, 2015, p. 48+. Opposing Viewpoints In Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A445117032/OVIC?u=j084910011&sid=OVIC&xid=f2e4edd5. Accessed 3 May 2018.