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I enjoyed a few frat parties while at UW, but in general I found them to be full of drunk guys that were trying to get the girls drunk so they could get laid. Most of the stories they always told were about how drunk their last "girl" was at the last party and how far they got afterwards. Very sick and immature. I didn't feel that I could graduate with a degree in engineering while being an official part of the greek system so I opted to stay out but go to an occasional party. I'm not sure that many of the graduates that were in the greek system found their full academic potential—that would be another survey I would find interesting.


I felt that the groups had an elitist, snobbish attitude and also kept their members sheltered from having a "real world" experience. Grown women and men often sleep in bunk beds and have maids and cooks looking after them. It seemed like members were less at school to learn than to join a social club. Rumor was that they'd help each other cheat in class and their connections rather than their merit would help them succeed in the future.


I felt that the study habits that they taught in the first year were very valuable and kept me in college. "Study Table" was required for freshmen and it really supported doing well in academics. Upper level students manned the room and assisted with work as needed. Social skill were also taught during meetings and dinner. All great for adult life and the business world. Friends made there are still (40 years later) very special.


I felt that training and responsibilities gained from work in a sorority setting helped me more than my education at the UW, and I have been very active in the alum community for over 50 years. It's very positive to be in a smaller group in a big university.


I found no need or time for the fraternity life but obviously many do. I received all the support I required within the dorm system and the school of pharmacy.


I gained so much self-esteem and confidence by being a member of a sorority, not to mention the lifelong friends. I would encourage any young woman to join.


I graduated from the UW eight years ago and have been working at a top software company in the Seattle area since. I've recently stepped into my second management role at the company and the challenges that come with it—including managing the quality of an influential software product, managing the responsibilities of full-time and contract workers, and helping guide the careers of those that I manage. I attribute my experience in a fraternity and the UW Greek system during all four of my college years as the top reason that I am successful in my job and prepared for my new role in management.


I grew as a person in a UW Fraternity. As a UW student it is easy to get "lost" in the masses. As a member of a fraternity, I had a strong support system that lead me in the right direction. I received better grades in college than in high school because I had great role models and assistance.


I had a very positive experience in the Greek System. Hopefully, the university administration will strengthen the relationship with the Greeks and the numbers of students choosing fraternities and sororities will rebound.


I had an incredible experience. I met my fiance through the greek system and almost all of our 12 wedding attendants were in the houses with us. We are still very involved with the undergraduates and the alumni (graduated in 2000 and 1998).


I have been a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity since my freshman year ('57) and my membership had a very positive impact on my undergraduate performance. It also helped me develop leadership skills. And of course, I enjoyed the social activities it provided.


I have the job of my dreams, and it's all because of my membership in Alpha Chi Omega. I met my current boss a year and a half ago at a local AXO alumni event in Chicago. I had just recently moved to Chicago and was looking to meet new people; little did I know that I would find my dream job, and a mentor for life. Living in a sorority throughout my 4 years of undergrad at UW has shaped my life and has gotten me to where I am today. I HIGHLY recommend going Greek—you'll never regret your decision to do so!!!


I know that the University of Washington Greek System—along with Greek Systems across the nation—has a negative stereotype and conjures up images of drinking, promiscuity, and partying. However, my experience as a member of a sorority (Delta Zeta) provided me with more support, friendship, and leadership opportunities than I ever could have imagined. All of my best friends stem from my time as a DZ. My resume was greatly enhanced by the leadership opportunities afforded me during my time in Delta Zeta, and now—when I am contemplating a move to a new area—I have a network of individuals to instantly associate myself with. Locally, our alumnae chapter provides networking opportunities (two local alumnae got jobs through Delta Zeta networking connections), philanthropic opportunities, and a chance to help support collegiate women as they experience the excitement and love that I experienced in Delta Zeta. I would not trade my four years in the sorority for anything. They influenced my life more than any single decision has.


I learned a great deal of my leadership skills in my sorority. Being in the sorority gave me the opportunity to learn about leading a large group. The skills learned from my sorority experience really formed the backbone for leadership skills in both my professional and personal life. I look back fondly on my sorority days as some of the best times of my life. Although I live thousands of miles away from my sorority friends, I still have a great relationship with many of them and we still talk today ...almost 20 years later. These are some of my closest friends, and I know if I ever needed anything, they would be there for me.


I learned leadership skills within my sorority, which have been invaluable in my professional skill when combined with my degree.


I liked the large size of the Greek system. There was room for every type of individual. The houses are beautiful. Not only were there great social events, but my house, Delta Upsilon, like others, placed emphasis on scholastic achievement, so I always had a place to study and someone to study with. But I think the Greek experience is what you make of it, whether or not you take advantage of the many opportunities for things such as leadership and community service.


I lived in a house next to a frat the summer between my junior and senior years. I couldn't study. A lot of times I couldn't sleep due to the noise that was emitted from the house.


I lived in my fraternity house all 4 years of my undergrad term. I met friends who will be a part of the rest of my life. The brothers from my house will end up being a part of every aspect of my future. A brother was my best man at my wedding. They'll help me celebrate my first child and I can only hope they'll make it to my funeral if they're still alive. It was the best decision I ever made aside from coming to UW. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I served my house as president for two terms. I was able, through that, to become more involved within the Greek Community itself as well as with UW and other campus organizations. I'm a much more well-rounded individual than I ever could have become thanks in large part to my Greek experience. A lot of that is because I was picky and the house I joined fit me so well. With so many different fraternities and sororities available to UW students anyone can find the right one for them. While it might not be for everyone, the benefits of finding the right house really outweigh any negative association that could be made by others who judge based on ignorance and stereotypes. I only hope that all Greek organizations are able to focus on changing those stereotypes through their day to day actions. It will be good for membership, recruiting efforts will be easier and the UW reputation in the local community as well as throughout the collegiate world would benefit as well.


I loved my fraternity, which had a voluntarily dry house, although I felt like the greek system at large was not as terrific.


I loved my sorority experience. Being in a house meant I instantly had a community of support and friendship! It may not be the ideal situation for everyone, but it certainly was the right environment for me.


I made a lot of good friends, had a really fun college experience, and got good grades.


I pledged Kappa Delta sorority in 1959 and it was the best thing I did. I was an only child and this experience gave me immediate sisters that I'd never had. It was a nurturing, positive and maturing influence on my life. I only wish I hadn't gotten ill in my junior year and could have stayed longer. Although I finished my education in California I still remember my days at UW Kappa Delta most memorably.


I realize my membership with the UW Greek System will condition my opinions as being biased. I was very skeptical and reluctant to join a fraternity before entering college. However, my membership and involvement with the UW Greek System has been, without a doubt, one of the most significant decisions I've made in my life. Even to this day—3 years since my graduation—I'm reaping the benefits. Philanthropy projects and volunteer services aside, the Greek System is one of the most unique forums for developing character, forming social networks, and cultivating a lifetime of great experiences.


I really enjoyed the Greek experience. While it's not for everyone it certainly was a wonderful experience for me and I still go to the occasional Sorority alumni gathering.


I served as my chapter's social events director and chapter president, building real leadership skills for the first time in my life. If someone's experience is a negative one, it's probably because they were unable to balance the plethora of social, philanthropic, athletic, academic and social extracurricular's that their Greek organization provide them. The experience is truly what you make of it, and for some the social aspect is overwhelming and they get too distracted, negatively impacting their academics. If you allow it supplement your university experience, you will leave with lifelong same sex relationships and exposure to an incredible group of young men and women.


I still see, meet with and have lunch with my fraternity (not "frat") brothers of '47-'50. A group of alums have a luncheon every quarter, and a smaller group (3 or 4 of us) lunch every couple of months. And we have dinner with our wives/"significant others" a couple of times a year. Why? Because we remember how much we enjoyed our school days and still enjoy each other.