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I think it can be a very positive experience for longer folks. As I've gotten older it is actually better, since I've kept in touch with many of the alums.

I think that being a part of a fraternity at UW was a great help to not only my social life but also my academic life. I recommend it to anyone that I know who is entertaining the idea.

I think the experience you have in the greek system is what you make of it. I saw my share of rape, alcoholism, vandalism, sexism etc. but I also made friends and professional contacts that have lasted well beyond college. I chose to surround myself with the positive aspects of greek life and it enhanced my time at UW.

I think the greek system is an integral part of the University of Washington and should be supported as such.

I think the negative press is just like any news reporting, the negatives are easier to promote than the positives. People who have a Greek background have an opportunity to lead their peers and develop skills that college academics don't teach, while being involved in the community. We had classes in etiquette as well as near quarterly lectures on date rape and substance abuse awareness. No one in the dorms has to attend such functions, but the recognition agreement between the IFC/Pan hellenic and the UW mandates it occurring. Besides, the Homecoming and Holiday decorations on the houses are a long standing tradition that everyone enjoys. I am proud to be a Greek!

I think they are an anachronism and should be discarded by an institution which is emerging as an intellectual powerhouse.

I think they help bridge the gap between home and University life.

I transferred from a small college to the UW as a junior. Joining a sorority provided me with a "family" that instilled good study habits and a good work ethic in me that has guided me through the past four decades.

I truly enjoyed the friendships I have built and the networking opportunities the greek system created. It helped make a large school much more personal.

I was a member of Chi Psi, class of 1961. Some of my closest friends today, are my fraternity brothers. The Greek system at a large university gives a young man an identity with a "family".

I was a returning student so the system had no impact on me at all. I think the Greek system can do great things for students, especially those who really need structure, and I appreciate that they all seem to raise money for charity. I think it's great that ethnic minorities have fraternities and sororities to join, although I would probably be happier if they joined the mostly-white organizations (do they want to? I guess that's the question, and I don't know the answer). I am not at all happy with events on Frat Row, and I believe that fraternities, like sororities, need to be "dry." The UW is not a party school. UW alumni, with degrees that can go up or down in value, have a stake in not letting it become a party school. Our reputation has taken enough dings with Neuheisel and other athletic-program faculty—we don't need a bunch of Blutos wrecking it for everybody, including those that want to join a frat.

I was able to meet a lot more people than I would have if I hadn't been in a Sorority. I also had the opportunity to participate in some great philanthropy events that combined social and work equally.

I was at the UW in the 1960s. My sorority (Chi Omega) provided me with friends that I hold dear to this day; good academic support because of house rules and study hours, etc., and social experiences I don't believe I otherwise would have had. The "house" was a home, and lots of fun!

I was in the Greek system from 1990 - 1994. Being a member of a sorority had an extremely positive impact on my experience at the UW, making an otherwise huge university seem relatively small and friendly. I've maintained great friendships with many of my sorority sisters, and I would also attribute my membership as being one reason I was hired by my current employer - an alumna worked for the same company and made sure I met the right people during the interview process. I gained valuable social skills while in the Greek system, and the importance my sorority placed on academics was advantageous to my success as a student. I feel that the stricter drinking rules that have been implemented since I was on campus are a step in the right direction.

I was really anti-greek system coming to school. My parents thought it would be a good idea to try it out, or at least go through rush so I could have any easier time making friends. I joined a sorority and, while parts of me were really excited about it, there was a huge part of me that hated what I believed the greek system stood for. I made tons of friends outside of the greek system during my freshman and sophomore years but also participated in some sorority functions. As I grew in college I realized that I could have the best of both worlds. One thing I think greeks at UW don't do enough is branch outside of the greek system. Looking back I am so happy to have met both greek and non-greek friends, but I also wish I had participated more in my greek life. I was so nervous about appearing to be a "sorority girl" that I didn't give it my all. I would definitely suggest to any incoming freshman to at least give it a shot. Worst that happens is you realize it's not for you.

I was social chairman as a Freshmen, rush chairman as a Sophomore, and president as a Senior and wouldn't trade the experience within the UW greek system for anything. Definitely an enriching experience providing many challenges and good times. Honestly, anyone choosing not to give it a chance is missing out on something phenomenal.

I wish I had joined.

I would do it all over again if I could. Those were the most fun and encouraging years of my life.

I would have flunked out were I not in a fraternity.

I would not have gone to UW if there was no greek system. Being in a sorority is what made my college experience enjoyable. It was also very educational.

If the UW were to continue to support fraternities/sororities, I would urge a no-alcohol/substance-abuse policy at these houses for those recognized by the UW. Even though the media is quick to pick up on untoward events related to drugs/alcohol, I believe overall the image of the UW not having restrictions reinforces a negative image as a whole. One rarely hears of the positive contributions of fraternities/sororities assuming they have a mission of service to the community at large.

It has been over 50 years since I pledged (1953) and was initiated into a sorority (Delta Gamma). I still have contact with over 20 members of my class (1957). I lived in the house—it was my home for 4 years. The Greek system worked well for me. My pledge group has at least two social events a year. A number of these gals and their husbands have become our best "couple" friends. I am looking forward to being in Seattle next year for Homecoming and to a BIG gathering of these "special" people.

It is a great chance to meet and get close to a lot of people. Most of these people you'll see in the business world. It has been great for my business and it is fun knowing so many people in the area.

It is difficult to put into words all the facets of my life that were impacted by being part of a sorority. The enduring friendships I have maintained for 38 years is just the beginning. My professional accomplishments were nurtured from the very start by studying with my sisters at prescribed study table and I've carried those terrific study habits with me through life. The leadership qualities I have used in various organizations today truly began as a result of holding offices within the house. The volunteer effort impressed upon me as an active member carries forth with service to my community now. It is true those were 4 of the best years of my life. I even occasionally dream about those wonderful times. Yes, joining a sorority was a decision that I did not take lightly at the time I pledged and today can say it was one of the most important steps I took at the University of Washington.

It is easy to lump the few parties that get out of hand and the and very occasional negative media attention that the Greek system at UW sees into a single impression. Indeed, it is sad when a select few reflect the image everybody perceives to be the majority. However, the thousands of philanthropy dollars raised, and the thousands of community service hours, and the dozens of future government, corporate, and community leaders that are a direct result of the Greek system; those are truly the results that people should see and hear about. In the end, they are the things—along with lifelong friendships and memories—that the Greeks will remember most after college is far behind them.

It made a huge university smaller, gave me lifelong friendships, an independence from my parents even though I was a Seattle girl, provided leadership opportunities and involvement impossible in the larger UW community.

It made the school seem smaller and I really enjoyed the social and academic opportunities my sorority provided.

It made the transition from living at home to living on my own so much smoother. I also enjoyed knowing so many people my first day of school! My high school friends who lived in dorms were always over at our house because they felt more comfortable.

It never crossed my mind NOT to join a sorority! The Greek System was the best thing ever. When I look back at my college years, all I can think about was my years of being a PI PHI!

It taught me how to deal with reality, i.e. all sorts of people with lots of different ideas and personalities. You always had someone watching your back and a place to fit in. Bad things are going to happen everywhere; don't blame the Greek System!