The Greek community at Texas State is doing a fantastic job at setting an example for students here at the university.
First of all, the ridiculous stigmas surrounding fraternities and sororities on campus need to be dispelled. The rumors, reputations and jokes are for the most part untrue. Much of the gossip passed around about Greek life has traveled nationally and is outdated. Talking negatively about these organizations is not productive in any way. In fact, it is a complete detriment. Many students who would otherwise get involved in an awesome community are dissuaded by untrue rumors, hindering the growth of positive organizations on campus.
Greek life is depicted in a skewed, albeit humorous, fashion in television and movies. Asking any actual fraternity or sorority members if the media hype is accurate would probably result in laughter on their parts. The portrayal of Greek life in popular media could not be further from the truth.
Being Greek is not about beer-soaked frat parties and “preppy” attitudes. It is about contributing to community projects and outreach, achieving academically and the development of a high self-worth. Any member, regardless of whether they are a part of National Pan-Hellenic, Interfraternity, Panhellenic, or the Multicultural Greek Council, knows the true meaning of Greek life. Every student who wears letters has an obligation to cast a positive light on their individual chapters.
Being part of a Greek organization is not only an honor, but also a big part of student life. I would know as a proud member myself. Greek men and women work hard every single day to represent their letters and organizations as best as they can.
True, Texas State Greeks are not shy about their accomplishments—but why should they be? Each and every chapter here at Texas State is very involved on and off campus. Stellar records in academic accomplishment, school involvement and community service are just a few of the accomplishments of the Texas State Greek community.
What is even more amazing about the Greek community here at Texas State is that it is constantly growing. In the past year, two chapters have been added to campus— Gamma Phi Beta, member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Phi Kappa Tau, member of the Interfraternity Council. This creates an opportunity for even more Bobcats to get involved in Greek life. The addition of extra chapters also increases the diversity of NPC and IFC organizations at Texas State, something Greeks across the nation take pride in.
Even with all of the negativity that people spread about Greek life here and across the country, Greek organizations continue to thrive and remain a positive presence at universities nationwide. Unfortunately, there will always be those who choose to believe the rumors and think poorly of Greek life. To the stubborn naysayers, all I can say is, “My letters do not make me better than you. They make me better than I used to be.”