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(AL.com)   That high-pitched squeal you heard from the southeast was the sound of a record number of young women being accepted into sororities at the University of Alabama   (blog.al.com) divider line 58
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2012-08-19 01:38:03 PM
Greek haters gonna hate. It really was the best time of my life. Most of my lifetime friends came from my fraternity.

/University of Alabama Class of '79
//Once a Sigma Nu, always a Sigma Nu
///Roll Tide!!!!
 
2012-08-19 02:26:33 PM
I heard an interesting term the other day; The Education Bubble, with students racking up hundreds of thousands in debt thanks to easy-to-get but impossible-to-get-out-of student loans.

I wonder if some of these chicks will have to become hookers or mail order brides some day. Maybe I'll vote Tea Party and look into starting a private debters prison for sorority girls.
 
2012-08-19 02:53:58 PM

JeffreyScott: I have observed the whole anti-Greek attitude for years, and unlike many I don't dismiss it as someone who didn't get a bid to join. I have found that an anti-Greek attitude is most often expressed by people who never rushed a fraternity or sorority.


Interesting post, and a hell of a lot more worthwhile than the knee-jerk Greek-bashing.

Never got involved in the fraternities, and if I ever spoke to a member he kept his affiliation a secret. I lived on "fraternity row" my entire time at university, and until I read your post it never occurred to me that I have no idea what is involved in joining a frat. Nothing inspired me to ask, nor did the frats bother to advertise it. All I had were vague rumors that it involved drinking and humiliating the new guy. My passive impression of it was that frats are like Freemasonry or DeMolay, that you weren't welcome unless you received a personal invitation by a member, and that the secret society aspect of it was much of its appeal.
 
2012-08-19 03:52:05 PM

hitlersbrain: I heard an interesting term the other day; The Education Bubble, with students racking up hundreds of thousands in debt thanks to easy-to-get but impossible-to-get-out-of student loans.

I wonder if some of these chicks will have to become hookers or mail order brides some day. Maybe I'll vote Tea Party and look into starting a private debters prison for sorority girls.


Money talks dot com.
 
2012-08-19 07:07:46 PM
JeffreyScott: I have observed the whole anti-Greek attitude for years, and unlike many I don't dismiss it as someone who didn't get a bid to join. I have found that an anti-Greek attitude is most often expressed by people who never rushed a fraternity or sorority.

So 20 years after college I started speaking with some anti-Greek friends. I have found, most often, that they developed their anti-Greek opinions before entering college based on stereotypes they obtained from older relatives who were anti-Greek, or from older fellow dorm-mates who were anti-Greek. In other words, they were not anti-Greek based on some negative experience, but instead because they adopted someone else's negative opinion.


This is an excellent point. I was in a sorority and no one who had actual experience with us, guys we dated, non-affiliated friends, seemed to have a negative opinion. We even had someone who de-pledged because she decided it wasn't right for her; she still liked us, would drop by the house to visit, come to happy hour, etc. It was people who came to college and would never consider pledging (and didn't really know anything about actual greek orgs) that hated the concept.

My husband's cousin is a dirty hippie who went to a liberal arts college where they didn't even have fraternities or sororities. He has a seething hatred of "frat guys," and insists that they're all a-holes. He stuck by this even after I asked him if my Dad was an a-hole, since he was in a fraternity. He actually said yes (he's never met my dad and yeah, he's kind of an a-hole himself. We live in a college town and if we go into a bar or restaurant and he sees people he decides are "frat guys" he gets really angry and we have to leave. I'm not talking about people necessarily wearing letters, they just have to look college aged, fairly good-looking, be in a group and acting confident. Then they're frat guys and therefore a-holes, he's angry and we have to leave.
 
2012-08-19 07:19:39 PM
Mr. Shabooboo: Ya..Maybe your "friend" can help get you on as a jr. sales associate at the Verizon store or at
daddies car dealership..


Of the nation's 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by fraternity men.
85% of the Fortune 500 executives belong to a fraternity.
40 of 47 U.S. Supreme Court Justices since 1910 were in a sorority/fraternity.
76% of all Congressmen and Senators belong to a fraternity/sorority
Every U.S. President and Vice President, except two in each office, born since the first social fraternity was founded in 1825 have been members of a fraternity.
63% of the U.S. President's Cabinet members since 1900 have been Greek.
Over 70% of all those who join a fraternity/sororitiy graduate, while under 50% of all non-fraternity/sorority persons graduate.
1 st Female Senator was Greek
1 st Female Astronaut was Greek
All of the Apollo 11 Astronauts are Greek
71% of those listed in "Who's Who in America" belong to a fraternity
As alumni, Greeks give approximately 75% of all money donated to universities

So yeah, being Greek makes for some good networking, since Greek alums are running the country.
 
2012-08-19 08:54:36 PM

Phins: So yeah, being Greek makes for some good networking, since Greek alums are running the country.


I think that's precisely the point of many who don't like the system (and not your dirty hippie friend, he just sounds like a paranoid ass). Depending on the school, it's often a very exclusionary network.
 
2012-08-20 04:52:00 AM
Cane for top shelf pussy copypasta. Disappointed.
 
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