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Greek Life: we don't have "the Greek Life"

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Greek Life: No Greek System – There's no Greek system at Earlham, which is both a positive and a negative.

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Greek Life: The social scene without Greek life is much better! There are certainly no hazing rituals, but there are still things like binge-drinking, drug-use, cliques, and pseudo frat boys and sorority sisters.

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Greek Life: After coming from a school where Greek life controlled the school, I am so happy not to have frats and sororities. It seems that, although there is alcohol on campus, much less of the social interaction is alcohol-obsessed, and more is focused on actually getting meaningful interaction with the people on campus. Also, because there is no Greek system, the College puts a great deal of time and money into providing alternative social events, like concerts, dances, and other events. There is usually at least one concert or dance every weekend, if not more.

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Greek Life: Not having Greek life is not really a problem. You have groups of people that get together for friendship houses and theme houses, which kind of represents the Greek life idea. They are really great if you and a group of friends want to bond.


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Anna Benfield
Takoma Park, Md.
Women's Studies
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You may not be fans of simplicity or consensus governance, but most students agree that the Quakers got it right when it came to community. One of the biggest reasons that people come to Earlham, or fall in love with it when they get here, is the strong and intimate community, which is achieved without the need for organizations named in Greek letters. In fact, most Earlhamites, faculty and students alike, see fraternities and sororities as a barrier to true, meaningful community. Students who want to get involved on campus will be swamped with clubs, sports teams, campus media, and student government groups who would all love to add another eager freshman to their ranks.

Theme and friendship houses are an excellent way to get close to a group of peers with shared interests and commitments without dangerous hazing rituals or traditions that involve heavy drinking. Most EC students don't bemoan the loss of out-of-control frat parties, either. Those who are into keggers and wild parties may be disappointed, but overall, students are glad that Earlham doesn't support Greek life and are pleased with the other opportunities it opens up. At Earlham, you're more likely to read about how fraternities are breeding grounds for rape than to hear complaints about their absence.

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Did You Know?
By this point, you're probably not surprised to hear that Earlham is a Greek-free zone. Thanks in no small part to EC's Quaker values, fraternities and sororities have always been absent from campus life since the College was founded in 1847. Back in the 19th century, Quakers were not allowed to be a part of "secret, oath-bound societies," like the Freemasons. This opposition to exclusive and elitist organizations continued into the 20th and 21st centuries and kept Earlham free of a Greek system, which was seen as an unnecessary expense and encouraging of alcohol consumption.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% We don't have Greek life.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 0% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 5 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 80% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 20% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 0% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 50% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 0% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Very difficult.
  • 40% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Somewhat easy.
  • 0% Very easy.
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