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Bianca SanchezEnglish 1103Inquiry Project/Annotations
Greeks VS. Alcohol
Buczkowski, Peter. "An Argument for Greek Letter Societies."
UTM Think
. Blog atWorldPress.com, 15 Sept. 2010. Web. 11 Apr. 2011.<http://utmthink.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/an-argument-for-greek-letter-societies/>.UTM Think is a blog post among students at the University of Toronto, “Where thoughts become actions.” The author is an English Major, UTM/TV’s Creative Director and amember of Phi Gamma Delta at UTM.This article discusses the positive aspects of being a member of a Greek Letter Society.That Greek Letter Societies are more than what you see in the movies. The author statesthat there has been significant “change” in the past 20 years. There is reference to theGreek tradition of rushing. That in order to “rush” you must be invited, or know a greek member. Basically you have to have great networking capabilities. Before becoming amember of a Greek Letter Society one is called a “pledge”. Being a “pledge” is a time for the current members to see if that person could potentially fit into their group. The author implies that there is no humiliation when one is a pledge. Frater meaning brother andSoror meaning sister in Latin which also implies that these organizations adhere to“brotherhood” and “sisterhood”. Along with “brotherhood” and “sisterhood” Greek Letter societies promote “friendship, morality, service, excellence, academics, honor, love, andknowledge”. The author then offers his opinion on why he joined a fraternity. He joinedfor the prestige of being a part of a greek organization. An important issue that is presented with this article is the use of alcohol among greek members. The author writesthat it is up to the university to set up rules and regulations to protect their students, and itis not the job of the greek organizations.This article brings a different perspective to the opinions of Greek Letter Societies andtheir members. It will be a useful source because it will bring a debate to the paper. Itoffers the other side of the story."Fraternity and Sorority Members and Alcohol and Other Drug Use
." Higher EducationCenter for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention |Welcome to the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other DrugAbuse and Violence Prevention
. Center for College Health and Safety, 2008. Web.11 Apr. 2011. <http://www.higheredcenter.org/files/product/fact_sheet5.txt>.The
Higher Education Center
offers free publications on its website. Among publications the center offers services such as training, technical assistance, support, andevaluation activities to bring awareness to alcohol and other drug abuse.This article brings up the question of do fraternity and sorority members drink more thannon-members? Is the “culture of drinking” enforced in these greek letter societies? Manysurveys and studies were conducted in order to discover the answers to the questions.One study done by The 2001 Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol researchfound that both fraternity and sorority members consumed more amounts of alcohol than
non-fraternity and non-sorority members. The results were 75.1 percent against 48.6 percent for fraternity members versus non-fraternity members, and 62.4 percent against40.9 percent for sorority members versus non-sorority members. The article alsodiscusses “consequences” of alcohol consumption among greek members. Some of theconsequences stated were ill effects on health, safety, and academics especially amongfraternities and sororities leaders. There are not only consequences for those who areconsuming large amounts of alcohol but also to others around them. For example sororitymembers are more likely to be victims of attempted or actual rape than non-sororitymembers. Another question that is brought to the light is do fraternities and sororitiessupport drinking? One study conducted by the University of Alabama discovered thatgreek members increased their drinking more than non-greek members after startingcollege. With all this information about how members of fraternities and sororities abusealcohol and other drugs, as well as participate in violent activities. The Higher EducationCenter advertises their prevention services that the fraternities, sororities, and collegecampuses could use help reduce the abuse.This source will be most useful. It is informative on the statistics of the abuse of alcoholand other drugs. The article also brings up important questions about the specific topic of greek members. It shows us the problems, but it also provides potential solutions to the problem of substance abuse.Marklein, Mary Beth. "USATODAY.com - Binge Drinking's Campus Toll."
News, Travel,Weather, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, U.S. & World -USATODAY.com
. USATODAY.com, 27 Feb. 2002. Web. 11 Apr. 2011.<http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/child/2002-02-28-campus-binge-drinking.htm>.USA TODAY is a recognizable news reporter of national news. Articles can be a searchedand accessed online. The author has worked with USA TODAY since 1997. Shespecifically covers higher education for USA TODAY, such as college students.This article depicts the harsh realities of binge drinking among fraternities and sororities.One case that is presented within the article is that of Daniel Rearden of the University of Maryland. Who was found at the Phi Sigma Kappa house while in cardiac arrest. Whoalso had ironically just accepted a bid to join the fraternity. Daniel was taken off lifesupport on February 14th, 2002, Autopsy reports were not “available” at the time, but astatement from the university states that alcohol “may have played an important” role inhis death. One statistic that is astonishing is that 56 deaths have resulted from fraternitiesabusing alcohol or hazing. The results are plain and simple that among greek membersalcohol consumption is a lot higher that non-greek members. Drastic actions are having to be taken in order to control the binge drinking and the consequences of binge drinking.The University of Buffalo cancelled all greek activities for a week, as well as suspendinga fraternity and charging some students with breaking hazing and drinking laws.Universities are not the only ones taking action, National Greek organizations are“banning alcohol and hazing” from the houses. But leaders of the fraternities say thatthey are unjustly discriminated against because of how they are depicted by the media.Alcohol will always be an issue among fraternities and sororities, but also any collegestudent. Should Greek Letter Societies be eliminated from college campuses or theuniversity all together?

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