Yes, these statements are true. And, we're upset because these statements are true - not because someone put them on the internet.
If you know us, you know we're not ones to stick our heads in the sand. You also know we spend a lot of time talking about accountability and integrity. So, here is an opportunity for us to model what that looks like. Yes, these statements are true and we're not going to pretend they're not. We're also not ones to immediately throw up the defenses when we're confronted with information that makes us look stupid. This information makes us look stupid because it's true, we're sometimes stupid.
So, instead of saying "Sure, it's true, BUT..." we're going to offer "Sure, it's true, AND..." It's not accountable to admit guilt by adding a qualifier. Once we utter the word "but" we immediately negate everything that came before it. "You're pretty, but I'm not sure that shirt is very flattering" comes across much different than "You're pretty and I'm not sure that shirt is very flattering." Similarly, "Our chapter hazes, but we did 1000 hours of community service last year" just makes it look like the community service makes up for and negates the hazing - which, for the record, it doesn't.
So, consider this: Yes, these statements are true AND here's the other half of the story:
Note: click on each statement to review the cited source.
1. Fraternities/Sororities build better leaders and more active citizens.
2. The Greek GPA is higher than the non-Greek GPA at the top party schools.
3. Membership in a fraternity or sorority increases first-year college retention.
4. Similarly, members of fraternities and sororities have been found to persist through graduation at higher rates than other students.
5. Fraternity membership has a positive influence on moral development.
6. Alcohol consumption among fraternity and sorority members has decreased.
7. Fraternity and sorority members are serious about philanthropy and community service and spend more hours on service and volunteering than other students.
8. Gifted and high-ability high school students often choose fraternal organizations to establish leadership when they enter college.
Used to coasting through high school, high ability students who go Greek often report their experience in college as being shaped by their co-curricular involvements. Looking for co-curricular opportunities that support academics as well as leadership, a fraternal organization is often the perfect fit.
9. To prevent rape, more and more fraternity men are participating in male focused programs such as The Men's Program.
10. Fraternity/sorority members spend more time participating in co and extracurricular activities than other students.
11. Greek alumni give more to their alma maters than students who were not members of a fraternal organization.
12. Academic performance of first-year students is higher among fraternity/sorority members versus non-members.
13. Members of fraternities/sororities report making greater gains in personal development in college.
14. Membership in a fraternal organization exposes students to a more diverse variety of personality types.
15. Fraternities and sororities create a home for students who were not otherwise accepted on campus.
Woman, African American, Latino, Asian, gay students, and other diverse and marginalized groups have not always been welcomed at American colleges and universities. Surrounded by white, privileged, Christian men, underrepresented groups have long found solace and a safe haven in fraternities and sororities.
And, just because ZenCollege Life lists 15 facts, we're going to go ahead and list 16.
16. Members of fraternities and sororities have exponentially larger professional networks.