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My first apartment was near Greek Row. I was forced to move, as it was impossible to get peace and quiet in that area to sleep or study. Drunken 'brothers and sisters' wandered the streets and alleys making noise at all hours.


My first quarter at the UW I was not in a fraternity and I never felt so lonely and out of place in my life. Joining a fraternity gave me indentity and established friendships that are still alive 51 years later. It was a wonderful experience that I recommend to all incoming freshman.


My fraternity (Acacia) was a great source of support, information and direction for me at UW (1951-54) and at Syracuse (1954-55). It had set and enforced study hours and no drinking in the house at any time. Those rules provided the discipline we all needed at that time to be successful students.


My fraternity experience defined my life up to that point. My best friends on this earth are my fraternity brothers.


My fraternity experience was excellent. I am still very close to the 27 other friends that entered and joined the fraternity that year. Of course, my contact has been especially close to 7 or 8 that I count as my very best friends to this day (dating from 1948).


My fraternity placed a significant emphasis on scholarship. I believe if more fraternities did this the numbers of entering freshman choosing the fraternity experience would significantly improve.


My fraternity played a key role in my growing up—it gave my support and guidance, enforced some discipline in my study habits, gave me dozens of close friends who remain so even 45 years later. Definitely one of the most positive and meaningful four years of my life. And yes, we also had a whole lot of fun. Wish I could do it all over again!


My fraternity was a mixed blessing. On the positive side, it provided an identification with a smaller group among the huge student population. I would have been overwhelmed by being one small freshman without this backup. It was also a pleasant place to live where I learned to play bridge. The final positive was emphasis on sharing, loyalty and trust—all good values. On the negative side, despite support for good scholarship, the social activities drew much more of my energy than was wise. My GPA as a fraternity member vs my GPA as an independent were night-and-day: 2.47 vs eight quarters on the dean's list. Having been both Greek and independent, I note the competition between the two sectors to engender an artificial sense of snobbery, whichever side I was on. Finally, I did not find the fraternity to engender social activism—especially regarding civil rights, which was a strong issue in the 1960's. Integrating UW fraternities was a long time coming.


My fraternity was the best thing that ever happened to me.


My fraternity years were an enriching and rewarding experience of which I am still reaping the rewards. I would highly recommend it.


My Greek experience was very positive both socially and academically, but one of the main reasons I earned my degree in three years (was able to attend summer quarters) was the fact that I knew four years of living in the sorority and all the "stuff" that goes with it would not be for me. When I pledged ('69) most every senior supported that belief. Also, due to my student teacher experience being close to my parent's home, I actually stopped living in the house half way through my senior year. I graduated in '72 after an excellent Greek experience I still value today.


My involvement both at the collegiate level and as an alumna proves to be one of the most positive and valuable aspects of my life. As an out-of-state student at UW, the Greek Community naturally afforded me a security, support and fulfillment beyond what any student organizations, honor societies and clubs had. These incredible and often undermined groups of people foster enduring loyalty, sincere friendships, true responsibility and positive leadership. The Greek Community at UW helped to make me the woman I am today. I treasure all of this beyond the undoubted fun of being Greek.


My lifelong friends have been my sorority sisters. My husband has had the same experience with his fraternity brothers. Several of my sorority sisters married my fraternity brothers from my husband's house, so we also have lifelong friendships with couples.


My overall impression of the Greek system was that it only reinforced arrogant tendencies in some students. Greek students seemed overly concerned with being popular and other superficial measures of a person's worth. People outside the Greek system seemed much more tolerant and open-minded to new ideas, and also were less obnoxious in their partying. While some sororities and fraternities do some charitable work, it seems much less than their negative effect on the campus community.


My parents wanted me to be a Greek and I rejected the idea. I decided to go through rush when I was a junior—just to see what it was like. I ended up pledging and discovered what a great experience Greek life can be. I stayed involved as an alumna and in 1997, I was selected to serve as a National Officer for my sorority, Phi Mu.


My sorority allowed me to make life long friends and continues to be a great networking system in both my personal and professional life.


My sorority experience had a huge positive impact on me, increasing my self-confidence, my philanthropic awareness, and my leadership ability. I attribute a large part of who I am today to my experience in my sorority. The women I met there are my lifelong friends and I am very proud to say I am a member and an active alumna.


My sorority gave me a wonderful support network and many opportunities for leadership and learning to work in groups.


My sorority provided me with a "home away from home"—very important for a freshman from a distance. It gave me a circle of friends, several of whom remain lifelong friends. It gave me many opportunities—both social and academic—I would not have had otherwise.


My sorority was a great place for me to live. Since I was from out of state, it was more of a "home" setting than the dorm. It also made the University a smaller place for me. I think that many of the great programs that were in place when I was there (70's) are not allowed today, because they may be determined to be hazing, such as a study table, making your grades, and chores to keep the house clean and tidy for all members, to name a few. Without some of these, the houses are becoming more like dorms with fireplaces. I am involved with the alumnae organization of my sorority, and this group of women are making an impact in the community today! I think this area of the Greek life is also not mentioned often enough.


My time in the fraternity enriched my college life by an incredible amount. My work life is continually enriched and boosted through the connections I made through the greek system.


My UW fraternity experience was four (actually five) wonderful years of my life.


One of the best aspects of fraternal organizations is the way in which the members learn to work in a social group and get along with people of all different personalities and backgrounds.


One of the best decisions I have ever made. The impact that the Greek System made on me will last for a lifetime. Almost all of my friends, my girlfriend and the majority of my business associates were all in the Greek System. Through my connections in the house, I met notable alumni including members of the Nordstrom family and was introduced to a system of developing a successful career.


One of the best experiences of my life. It made a large school seem small, helped my grades, and gave me lifelong friends.


Our son joined a fraternity (Lambda Chi Alpha) when he was a freshman, even though he knew that we (his parents) were not thrilled with the idea. Our impression of fraternities was not terrific, and during his three years living there, our impressions were confirmed. There was so much drinking, and for our son, this was disastrous. He is now three years sober, after in- and out-patient treatment, and much love and support. Not one of his so-called "brothers" called while he was struggling, unless one counts the young man who called to invite him to a kegger. We have nothing good to say about the Greek system as it is now, with its incredible tolerance for underage and binge drinking, and total lack of support for those who are in trouble.


Outmoded. Provides more excuses for partying and engaging in illegal or at least inappropriate behaviors that detract from the school's image.


Overall, my fraternity experience was at the top of my UW experiences.


Over policing of Greek activities diminishes the positives the system brings to out-of-town students.