Admissions might hate to admit it, but Kenyon's social life is still largely dominated by the Greek system. Greeks have the most money and biggest lounges and lodges, and as a result, they are able to throw the biggest parties attracting the largest numbers of people. In many other ways, the Kenyon Greek scene is anything but typical. Unlike bigger universities, the Greek life is concentrated on campus. There isn't an abundance of off-campus locations for parties, making them more accessible to non-Greek students. Since it makes no sense confining parties just to members, most Greek bashes are open to anyone who would like to come. Invitations are put in people’s rooms, but that's more to promote the event than to ensure exclusivity.
The rush system also works in a very unique way. First semester, fraternities do not throw any rush events. During this time, frats do everything they can do to get unofficially noticed. There are many parties aimed at freshmen, and individual members also scout prospective pledges. By the time January rolls around, most fraternities have a good idea of who will at least be rushing, but there are always some surprises when it comes time to pledge. The advantage of having a Greek-free first semester is that students build their own friends without the crutch of fraternities or sororities. This way, they always remain connected to the larger college community.