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Non-greek argues for Greek Life

I am in no way affiliated to any Greek organization on campus. However, I find myself every fall and spring encouraging friends of mine to get involved with a sorority, join a professional frat, or at least give rush events a chance. This surprises lots of my fellow non-Greek friends. Our campus has an interesting attitude on Greek life. I wouldn't say it is an overall negative view, but there is a clear divide between those who affiliate and those who do not – and you are eventually required to pick a side.

The pro-Greek masses say that they create life long friendships, opportunities for personal growth, and professional development. They believe that stereotypes are meant to be challenged and
overcome – that no matter the letters everyone contributes to a better campus community. Think House Bunny meets Mr. Rogers. The anti-Greek side says that friendships can happen without
annual dues. They believe Greek life is a breeding ground for exclusive cliques, animosity and irreverent partying. Think Mean Girls meets Animal House.

Of course, both sides are terribly defensive of their stances and beliefs. But I guess it is time for me to put into words my affiliation. I am pro-passion. For me this passion comes from ONU's Honors program. It is a group of people that some days I despise and the next day I cannot breathe without. It is an organization that keeps me up some nights with stress, and other nights with laughter. I care deeply about the success of not only the group, but also the individuals that are part of it. Of course I have other groups that I belong to and believe in, but my passion lies in the Honors program.

If you insult a fellow Honors student or the program, I get defensive. If an event we plan does not go over well I take it personally. If an incoming freshman decides not to join, or an upperclassman loses interest I feel responsible and upset. I am proud of being in the Honors program, even to the point of sometimes being a touch arrogant. I found my passion on campus. Others find their passion in musical groups, in preprofessional organizations, with Student Senate, their major, Greek Life, or even just within a group of friends. What is important is that you eventually find something to be passionate about. Of course we can all turn our noses up and believe that our passion is more important, more fulfilling and better than anyone else's. But I like to think that for every person who finds his or her passion, there is one more passionate, determined, inspired student on campus; a person who will respect my passion, like I will respect theirs. I admire that Greek life, above any other quality, good or bad, allows a person to find their passion. I guess this makes me pro-Greek.

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