In practically every lecture at Rutgers you will find yourself sandwiched between students with flashy windbreakers bearing Greek letters. Approximately 10 percent of Rutgers students are part of a fraternity or sorority, either locally or nationally affiliated. All of the fraternities and sororities have a goodwill mission, such as raising money for AIDS or cancer research. Greek life comes alive on the weekends when influxes of freshman girls, wearing practically nothing, lurk around Frat Row.
Every weekend numerous frats on Mine Street, commonly referred to as Frat Row, host parties with kegs of cheap beer and Gatorade containers of jungle juice, consisting of Stop ‘n Shop powdered juice and Everclear alcohol. Popular music of the week blasts from the speakers while drunken girls fall down dancing. Partying at Frat Row is a guaranteed night of free alcohol and dancing; however, sanitary bathrooms and water are few and far between. Instead of BYOB, it’s BYOTP—bring your own toilet paper. Frat houses typically lack soap, towels, and toilet paper. Sororities do not have parties in their own houses, but instead have mixers with their brother frats. Greek life is certainly prevalent on campus, but if a student is not a part of it, they can still have a social life. If you’re a male and the partying scene is your choice, you may want to join a fraternity. It is often at least a 3-to-1 ratio to get a male into a frat party, if they are not a brother. However, girls are always welcomed, especially if they are wearing revealing outfits.