Anybody can tell from the sidewalk chalk ads all over campus that Greek life booms at Slippery Rock. While many of the Greeks are somewhat comparable to Bluto and Otter from Animal House, they also do a lot of service on campus and in the local community. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many Greeks came together and raised funds for relief efforts, and to promote Homeless Awareness Week, they conducted several food and clothing drives before visiting shelters. Greek life also sponsors many on-campus programs, from educational series of guest speakers to campus-wide, non-alcoholic mix-off against drunk driving.
The pressure to become a brother or a sister is felt the most during rush when recruitments for the new semester begin, but nobody will force you into anything you don’t want to do. However, most students recommend looking into fraternities and sororities to network with people and to make friends. If you go this route, remember that you will have to pay monetary dues and commit a lot of your time to be a part of the organization. Besides social fraternities, SRU is also home to many professional fraternities where students can network with professionals in their fields of study, learn valuable skills, and socialize with students of similar majors. Don’t worry, if you don’t want to go Greek, then there are plenty of other organizations to look into on campus where you can meet new people and get involved. Though the Greek population is prominent, not everyone at SRU knows the Greek alphabet backwards or whips each other with wooden paddles.