Spoiler Alert: Not Like Those College Movies
By: William Morton
(Note: Article is written in May 2017)
The prestige of being in a fraternity or sorority is security that is near perfection. Sporting those Greek letters on clothing is the equivalent of feeling like royalty. Though the terms “fraternity” and “sorority” differ by gender, they both provide extracurricular education.
At the College of Staten Island, the frat and sorority representation glows with the confidence of students who value their education, and love interactions between their organization and the community. The fact that certain politicians and entrepreneurs are alumni of Greek organizations is no coincidence. To name some of the Greek organizations at the College of Staten Island, there is the nationally known brotherhood of Tau Kappa Epsilon and the longstanding sisterhood sororities of Delta Delta Omega and Chi Iota Omega. They boost up the vibe of the school.
Television programs like Blue Mountain State and a plethora of movies on Netflix make fraternities and sororities seem like they are irresponsible party enthusiasts that don’t have respect for their peers. To the Contrary, Greek organizations, especially the ones at the College of Staten Island, balance researching in the library with volunteering at daycare centers.
Of course there are parties, but they are for charities such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the protection of female rights; the motivating factor in the latter for a fraternity like Tau Kappa Epsilon being that they treasure acts that display gentlemanly characteristics.
Emmanuel Gbogboade, one of the most decorated members of the Upsilon-Lambda chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon located at the College of Staten Island, confirmed the scholastic approach of Greek organizations by saying:
“The stereotype of frat and sororities is that Greek organizations are lazy and binge on alcohol, when in actuality they arrive to fields and buildings early to host philanthropy events. The experience of being in a fraternity and sorority is something often searched for but not often experienced, and it’s the only opportunity in college that makes you feel connected to something.”
Ask someone in Delta Delta Omega about someone in Tau Kappa Epsilon, and they are probably going to talk about how they found love at first sight or how they know they can rely on each other for comfort through humor and laughter. Sororities such as Chi Iota Omega and Delta Delta Omega have inspired Greek organizations around school to step up their efforts in enhancing and beautifying the college experience.
Though the prestige and pride of Greek organizations makes it seem as if they socialize at fancy mansions and experience things in luxury, the fact is they remain humble by fraternity brothers singing karaoke in the car and sorority sisters posting makeup tutorials on YouTube and Facebook. Though the administration at the College of Staten Island is hesitant to recognize the contributions of fraternities and sororities, there are scholastic forums such as the school radio station WSIA 88.9 FM and school publications such as The Banner in which both alumni and active members have found their niche. There are terminologies utilized by Greek organizations and stories that have connectivity to those who understand it.
It’s like those postcards sent from someone on vacation that say “Wish You Were Here!” The love expressed in Greek organizations can be seen by others and can make miracles happen.