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1 College Junior

Greek Life: Underground frat stars are full of themselves

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no greek life at Colby, but it isn't a big deal at all. Its not hard to find parties and be parts of formal groups (i.e. clubs)or informal friend groups. Everyone knows each other and if there was greek life pretty much everyone would be a part of it anyways, I think Colby makes a lot more sense without it. Don't worry about having a hard time finding things to do or finding a group, Colby doesn't need greek life to make that happen easily.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Banned Frats – I prefer not to have Greek life on campus. The whole system was abolished years ago. I hear that there is an underground fraternity off campus though. But it's not very popular or active in Colby's culture.

1 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Secrets Frats and Sororites Do Exist! Since they are "secret," they have no obligations to the community, but to throw parties and drink. Many of the administration belonged to them, before they were officially abolished in the '80s. They don't contribute to creating a cohesive, welcome campus.

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Don’t come to Colby looking to pledge or hook up with a frat boy. Fraternities and sororities were abolished in 1984 because they were associated with excessive drinking, segregation, hazing, and sexual assault. They made certain groups of people very uncomfortable while they existed, especially women and minorities. Currently, there has been heated debate about establishing multicultural housing. Many people think that establishing this will take Colby back to the days of exclusion and separatism. Others say that problems of discrimination were not felled by the banning of Greek life, and multicultural housing is intended to remedy problems of discrimination.

Most students seem to think the abolishment of Greek life was a positive development. It simply wasn’t working with the small size and isolated atmosphere of the College. The party scene has survived the abolition pretty much intact, especially in the dorms that used to be frat houses—in fact, they are still referred to as the frat row dorms, despite the administration’s insistence on calling it Roberts Row. The frat row Olympics in the fall reclaim the fraternity traditions in an inclusive and goodheartedly competitive way.

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Did You Know?
Colby banned fraternities and sororities in the 1980s in an attempt to make campus more inclusive.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 0% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 15% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 85% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 17 responses

  • 6% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 53% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 6% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 35% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 100% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 19 responses

  • 5% Very easy.
  • 5% Somewhat easy.
  • 16% Somewhat difficult.
  • 74% Very difficult.
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