University of Minnesota sees resurgence of interest in Greek life

  • Article by: KEVYN BURGER , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 11, 2013 - 5:51 PM

Looking to polish their skills and create networks, more students are joining sororities and fraternities at the University of Minnesota.

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honeybooSep. 11, 13 4:28 PM

The Greek system helps insecure suburban kids get affirmation and prepare them for country club membership post-college.

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zevjanssonSep. 11, 13 5:29 PM

Really "HB"? Really? You have NO idea what you're talking about do you? Get educated about the greatness and lifelong friendships that comes from being 'Greek'. "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." ~Martin Luther King, Jr. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Morehouse University Class of 1948

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dahutysSep. 11, 13 7:21 PM

At my university, the Greek housing was on the west end of campus, but they had a rock on the east end where they'd hold their initiation ceremonies...at 1 a.m. in the morning, right outside our dorm windows, while we were trying to sleep. Various people in our dorms complained to administration, and were even able to identify specific frats and sororities because their loud chants included their names. But then the Panhellenic Council would always say that that sorority pinky-swears that they were NOT out there at 2 a.m., so it must have been someone else, and there's nothing they can do. Maybe today's Greeks have decided to stop being inconsiderate liars, and that's why there is more interest. I know very few people on my side of campus were interested in joining organizations that appeared to be filled with rude jerks.

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DufferHSep. 11, 13 8:00 PM

What "skills" do students gain going Greek other than hazing and arrogance and an attitude of superiority? You have to be kidding. They're just a bunch of little Edinas on campus.

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foxynineSep. 11, 13 8:13 PM

When I was in college frats where very out of style, but I'm not one to judge. Over the years I have hooked up with assorted groups whose revelry, community and drinking where similar to Greek life. I suppose everyone joins a fraternity at some point.

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boxerbill500Sep. 11, 13 8:48 PM

"People outside of Greek like will never understand it, people apart of it will never be able to explain it" Please stop hating just because you missed out on a fun and valuable college experience. Going Greek was the best decision of my life so far.

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Cory089Sep. 11, 13 8:51 PM

I see all sorts of negative comments, and I expect I'll see so many more. But the complaints of a few do not represent the truth. In high school, I swore I'd never join a fraternity. But after meeting some guys and getting to know the system, I decided to join. There was NO hazing (at any point) and no forced drinking. I eventually went on to work for the fraternity and developed a life-long network of friends across the country. Those friends ended up helping me get my job out of law school. Today, I'm proud to be working with our U of MN chapter, which is restarting at the U. Sure, you'll read complaints in the comments, and the system has it's bad members (like any organization). But they don't present what being Greek is really all about.

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ingrid99Sep. 12, 1312:48 AM

A friend’s daughter just went through Rush at the U of MN. Here are her favorite questions asked during the interview at multiple sororities. “Did you vacation this summer? Do your parents own the cabin? How much do your parents make?”

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JennyN711Sep. 12, 13 9:50 AM

It makes me sad to see that people are still holding on to ugly stereotypes towards the Greek community. Gone are the Animal House days--these men and women have to do so much more to be affiliated with Greek organizations than ever before. Each chapter has academic standards (much higher than students who chose not to be affiliated), philanthropic responsibilities, and requirements to be a part of other organizations on campus outside of Greek like. Going Greek is not for everyone, much like being on the debate team, or joining the marching band is not for everyone. It is, however, a great way to get involved on campus, and to elevate the college experience. I was a part of the Greek Community at the UofM during the early 2000's, and I am very familiar with what the writer is talking about when he mentioned the downturn during that time. As an alumnae it is great to see growth in the Greek Community, and that young adults are finding themselves through these experiences! On a side note, I was very involved with the recruitment process during and after college--the questions regarding 'How much do your parents make?' are completely false. No one asks that. What is important is that men and women who decide to join a Greek organization understand the financial responsibility that comes along with membership--whether they have parental assistance, or if they work it on your own (which MANY Greek men and women do), it's a reality that needs to be addressed before someone accepts membership. It's more for the benefit of the person who wants to join--to better understand the budgeting factor before they take it on. All in all great article! I'm glad to see the Strib taking interest in activities on the U campus!

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deevinethingSep. 12, 1310:05 AM

Greek life is not for everyone, but I got a lot of great things from the experience, including lifelong friends. One critical comment about this article: Philanthropy has ALWAYS been a part of Greek life. That's not a new development.

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