Traditions And Rituals
Fraternities and Sororities have their social aspects, but they are founded on the principles of friendship and high moral values. Members share common traditions, Ritual, and oaths that cement their friendships, build character, and emphasize the high ideals that the organizations are based upon. These traditions do not include any forms of hazing, because hazing weakens the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood, and undermines the common experience of the fraternity or sorority. Tradition does however, ensure that all members share a common experience. Fundamental to the international organizations is the notion that a member from California experiences the same ceremonies as a member from Nova Scotia, and that a member can attend chapter meetings at any chapter of the fraternity or sorority and feel equally at home in each.
Fraternities and Sororities provide a great outlet for leadership development from the moment one joins, and as such, have been referred to as a "laboratory of human relations." Each Greek chapter governs itself through its elected officers and committee members, with the support of its international headquarters and the governing board of the campus Greek Council.
Virtually every member of each chapter is involved in some aspect of the chapter operation. Greeks interact with members of other Chapters, as well as make connections with other student organizations and departments on campus. Members learn how to manage a budget of tens of thousands of dollars, run effective meetings, speak in public, motivate others... skills that will help a member while in university and throughout their life.
Community Service & Philanthropy
The Greek community on campus provides services to more than just the members of Fraternities and Sororities. One of the most gratifying aspects of Greek life is the sense of satisfaction and pride that comes with involvement in community service. Greeks throughout North America assist local and international organizations in need of aid, by donating time and money through philanthropy events and service projects. Greeks raise hundreds of thousands of dollars and devote thousands of hours of hands-on service each year to a variety of projects, both local and international.
These Community Service activities provide Greeks with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Whether raising money or donating time, service is an important part of the Greek experience and just one aspect a person can enjoy as a member of the Greek community on campus.
While academic achievement is the primary reason to attend university, activities outside the classroom also contribute to one's education. Research indicates that involvement in extracurricular activities can increase the probability of graduation, success, and personal growth by as much as 60 percent. Greek Life provides many opportunities for students to get involved throughout campus, as well as in the local community. While Greeks may be a minority of all students, when it comes to involvement, they are the definite majority because Fraternities and Sororities encourage members to become involved in campus activities whether it be in student government, faculty/department councils, clubs, or any of the other student organizations.