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4 College Junior

Greek Life: We don't have it and I really enjoy that.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is no Greek life at Reed. Greek life is stupid and exclusionary, and host to a whole bunch of issues. It's historically damaging to a college and to students. Thus, we have none. Except maybe rugby or outhouse, but they're not technically separated by gender.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: From what I gather, there is no Greek life at Reed.

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The Greek life at Reed is not what you would expect. If you consider fraternities, sororities, and their gatherings as the equivalent to Greek life, then Reed might come as something of a shock. No fraternities or sororities exist here. In light of the shortage of the traditional college social scene at Reed, when you mention "Greek life," most assume you're referring to the popular classics department and the required first-year class on Greece and Rome: "Humanities 110." Do not fear; if you desire raucous bacchanals and other wild parties, then the Reed community will be more than happy to occasionally oblige. That being said, the Greek life is nontraditional, unique, and highly-enlightening, and you might even be able to get drunk in the process.

Most Reedies associate Homer, the Odyssey, Plato, and many other famous Greek writers, thinkers, and political players as key pieces of Greek life at Reed. From the beginning of a Reed student's first year, the professors press classic Greek and Roman literature and thought into our minds. On the anvil of the classics, a Reed student is forged; through readings and writings of Greece and Rome, professors impart the key elements of a higher education: skills in comprehension, critical writing, and discussion. Every Reed student must take the first-year humanities course on Greece and Rome; it is as much a rite of passage as is any event that a traditional fraternity and sorority might use to gauge the mettle of prospective members. Oddly enough, the Greek life at Reed does dominate the social scene in the same way that a fraternity or sorority would.

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Did You Know?
Although no traditional Greek system exists at Reed, the school does have its share of cathartic, bacchanal-style parties. For example, the end-of-the-year festival, Renn Fayre, is a three-day-long experience combining fun, fireworks, craziness, and anything you could imagine. There are numerous parties throughout the year, such as the Classics Dorm's wine and cheese symposium and Toga Formal, which make an attempt at portraying actual Greek life through food, merriment, and drink.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 12 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.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 100% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 12 responses

  • 0% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 50% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 8% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 42% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 12 responses

  • 17% Very easy.
  • 17% Somewhat easy.
  • 0% Somewhat difficult.
  • 67% Very difficult.
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