This is the first post of our series called, The Pride Project, which will focus on discussing why GU students should be proud on a variety of topics ranging from learning disabilities to not having a football team at GU. On your Instagram and twitter use our HASHTAG: #prideproject to show your pride and get the conversation started about these topics that go undiscussed.
Be proud to go to a university without a Greek system.
Last month’s Bulletin article about a potential fraternity coming to GU sparked a wave of heated conversations about Greek life here at GU.
Gonzaga thrives without sororities or fraternities. We have a close-knit community that focuses on connectedness and inclusivity. With a small student population, there is no need to bring Greek life to GU because students can find their niche and feel supported by the community that surrounds them.
Some say that what brought them to GU was that there is no Greek system.
“One of the big draws of GU for me was the absence of Greek life. Without Greek life, you are encouraged and forced to make friends with people you meet in your dorm or in class or at dinner. There is no hierarchy or sense of one person being better than another simply because of the fraternity or sorority that they belong to,” GU Senior on College Prowler.
Many GU students have commented about the absence of Greek life on College Prowler, a website that rates universities for prospective students
“Gonzaga’s dearth of Greek life is typical of Jesuit universities, which have traditionally tried to create an ethos antithetical to the hazing and binge drinking typically associated with Greek life. Gonzaga students seem to be content with that; the general impression being that this helps keep the number of alcohol-related deaths and sexual assaults in check,” GU sophomore on College Prowler.
We should all be proud that we go to school that doesn’t allow a Greek systems because without fraternities and sororities issues of sexual assault, drugs and alcohol are better controlled. GU students are safer without at Greek system.
Body image for men and women are highlighted in the Greek system because of the overwhelming pressure to “fit in” to the strict mold of a student in Greek life. You know exactly what I’m talking about. An example of hazing in Greek life is a washing machine ritual where sorority pledges stand on top of a washing machine, while members draw on parts of the body that jiggle. This would never be tolerated at Gonzaga.
Santa Clara University, a Jesuit institution, has an off campus Greek system that is unaffiliated with the university. Issues within SCU’s Greek system range from hazing, alcohol, drugs, negative body image, sexism and racism. While Santa Clara is an excellent university with driven students, it’s Greek life fails to represent Santa Clara accurately. Last year, one of the fraternities at SCU was in NBC local news for creating a “stripper cage” with hanging chains and offensive language painted on top. Watch the NBC news video in the hyperlink.
“At Santa Clara, we can see how the Greek system has pulled students off of campus and weakened our community. Students have to constantly choose between participating in SCU programs or going to their sorority’s or frat’s events,” said a student from Santa Clara. “The Greek life basically operates independently from campus life. It’s sad to see our community split in two.”
Gonzaga’s student life creates healthy and safe environment for students from all backgrounds. Students can discover communities at GU that suit them for their passions, skills and interests versus how well they did in their pledge class or what type of partying they are into.
A GU Junior said, “GU serves special opportunity for social and leadership involvement on a silver platter. All the students have to do is decide which group on campus best suits them and it’s as easy at that.”
Many GU ambassadors say that one of the strongest qualities that prospective students see on campus is the spirit and energy that students have for GU. Our pride for GU isn’t weakened by pride in exclusive sororities or fraternities. Sorority functions or frat parties would sway students away from participating and becoming leaders at GU. The absence of a Greek system at GU encourages students to support GU events and programs like GUSR, GU Outdoors and intramurals. GU intramurals is ranked 7th in Princeton Review for participation and I’d like to bet that if we had a Greek system, we wouldn’t have such a strong intramural participation.
For students that feel the need to become part of a brotherhood or sisterhood GU has Knights and Setons for students to participate in community service and team building.
To bring in an economic perspective…
The price of being in a sorority: At USC its $1,300 per year not including housing and food.
The price of being in a fraternity: At USC its $1,200 per year not including housing.
The Pride Project wants to start a conversation about why GU students should be proud to go to school without Greek life.
Categories: Campus Life