The Greek organizations on campus are invaluable ? they have contributed to the greater city of Rochester through their numerous philanthropic events and also helped improve UR’s student life through their numerous social events.
It is important to recognize that all Greek organizations perform community service participate in community service events like Big Brother and Big Sister, Habitat for Humanity and helping the homeless with fundraisers and food drives. Greek organizations also organize special projects to raise money for various charities.
Its unfair to specifically recognize only some sororities and fraternities for events ? they all do service in order to comply with their national chapters.
The hard work placed into these organized events shows that Greek students at UR take pride in their charity efforts.
Groups on campus that do not already have events such as these should follow the example of Greek organizations and give back to the community outside the university.
Besides fundraising, Greeks also hold large social events and parties, generally open to all of the student body, which provide a much-needed boost to UR’s student life. This compensates greatly for our lack of a college town. In fact, this is one of the only ways that students who do not have cars can come together to socialize in an organized fashion, on campus.
We have to give the Greek community credit for giving those students involved a reason to stay here and find their place in the greater university community.
This is one way to get students involved, influence each other and network to encourage participation in other activities and to abolish the problem of student apathy.