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Gumdrop Girl
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i've got horrid jet lag, and so i'm watching Sorority Life on MTV.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Greek System (or "Pan-Hellenism as it's more formally called), it consists of clubs called fraternities or sororities. Frats are either all-male or co-ed while sororities are all-female (i have yet to hear of a co-ed sorority, if you know of one, please tell). Some frats and sororities are themed by academics (by subject or honors), faith groups, ethnicity (while they may have ethnic themes, they are not permitted to reject a pledge of basis of race) or community service.

Opinions on the Greek System are mixed. Some people think they're a great way to make friends, make valuable networking connections and gain leadership skills. Other people think the Greek System is elitist, segregated, eschews individuality, or is filled with shallow, binge-drinking hedonists.

I know a few Greek brothers and sisters who have seen the show Sorority Life, and they think is reflects poorly on the Greek Community at large. I have yet to hear any of them say anything nice about the show. I wasn't Greek in college, but I don't like the show either because I think it plays into negative stereotypes about the Greek System. And I don't even have a very positive view of the Hellenists.

But anyway, what do you think of fraternities and sororities? Are you in one? Do you want to be in one? Do you know people who chose to go Greek?

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I attend Indiana University and the Greek system is HUGE here. However, I am not part of it myself. From what I've seen, most of the people who join the Greek system like to party. And when I say party, I mean HUGE amounts of alcohol. Even though IU is considered a "dry" campus, there is plenty of alcohol.

I know a few people who went Greek, and they are all the "party" type. A few were what I like to call "stupid drunks." Meaning, when they get drunk, they do stupid stuff. This can sometimes be funny, but other times be dangerous to others.

Anyway, I can't say I'm really fond of the Greek system. Sure the people seem nice at first, and many of them might actually be nice; however I just think it's a reason to party.

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You know on the show "Sorority Life," they go to UCDavis. That's the college I really want to go to. And the girl Jordan went to the highschool I go to now. I just think it's kinda cool. I'm not sure if I want to become part of a sorority, at first I just wanted to have my own studio. It may be too expenssive to do that though. So I may decide to live on campus or join a sorority. It could be fun, and would be a great experience. I'm kind of a partier, but not into alcohol. I wouldn't go crazy and act stupid, I would try to be a good example, but I can't say that I would be. All can change in 3 years.
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