Lubbock is a small town, and therefore Greek life is a huge part of the Texas Tech social scene. Especially for freshmen who can't go to bars, fraternity parties are the place to be on the weekends. There is at least one fraternity party going on every day of the weekend during the fall semester, and these parties range anywhere from being a refined dance party with a band to a foam party with a DJ and random costumes galore. Fraternity parties are random in venue and theme, but they usually have one thing in common: drinking. It is not uncommon to see people making out in the foam or throwing up in it. Girls are always welcome, but only guys in that particular fraternity are usually allowed in.
Sorority functions are the opposite of fraternity functions because they are all date parties. Dates must be signed up, and most sororities make it mandatory to take a provided shuttle to and from the party. Drinking is not allowed for anyone under 21 because there is a third-party vendor who checks IDs, and the overall party feels like a high school dance. Unlike the Greek life at other schools, no one lives at the lodge provided by their respective fraternity or sorority. This plays a huge part in the dwindling of involvement of students in Greek life after their sophomore year.