Most students would be shocked to hear that only 2 percent of UB guys and 1 percent of girls go Greek. While the Greeks are generally ridiculed, most students acknowledge that they have a more considerable role on campus than their numbers indicate. One reason for this is that many frats and sororities exist off the books. Because UB has draconian drinking and hazing policies for Greek organizations that prohibit road trips, open parties, and Greek-letter apparel, among other things, many groups were barred years ago, but continue to induct members, throw parties, and nail their Greek letters to their upstairs balconies in the Heights.
Frats and sororities are also very visible in the Student Union, where their pledges stake-out the biggest and best tables early in the morning. And while most students mock the Greeks, many of those students also frequent popular frat and sorority parties, particularly in the early fall and late spring. UB’s relatively weak fraternity and sorority scene is a product of the decentralized campus, not a lack of enthusiasm for partying hard.