Those whacky greek-types

In yesterday's Red and Black there was an article on a sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, whose members trashed a UGA transit bus. They were returning from a trip to Greensboro, where they apparently drank waaaay too much. So in today's Red and Black there is a follow up article. The first paragraph says:

"It remains unclear why Athens-Clarke County Police presence did not stop members of Alpha Delta Pi from vomiting and urinating on Campus Transit buses Friday night".

Well now, I suppose the writer overestimates the power of 'police presence' somewhat. When you are drunk enough that you are going to puke, you are going to puke. Nothing is going to stop that. I am still laughing at the incident and the Red and Black's coverage of it. My son's and I have a standing over/under bet at the beginning of each Fall Semester as to how long it will take a frat boy to do something stupid/outrageous/ridiculous. Looks like we'll need to include the Greek 'ladies' as well.


Anonymous said...

I saw that Red and Black headline and first introductory text. I am supposed to be so busy that I wouldn't even be reading Athens World, let alone commenting, so at the time I didn't bother to investigate further.

I don't understand why someone would join one of those organizations when relatively similar social networks are avaialbe sans the membership fees and bizarre initiation rituals, but hey, that's just me.

I've become a lot more sympathetic to those that do join though since realizing how many of my students are already members.

Looking back (and from a very short distance, since I'm not quite thirty-five) at my twenties, I guess my friends and I could have qualified as some sort of underground fraternity. We had our own binge drinking, recreational drug use, and arcane rituals and symbols. We did not raise funds for charitable causes, and I am sure this is the key difference that those involved would like to stress.

Polusplanchnos said...

They join because there are social benefits to doing so. It formalizes those benefificial qualities and makes them nationally available for networking purposes. There's a lot of baggage that comes with that, but it seems to me that many of these students simply do not know that college life can be had without having to be in a Greek organization. I mean, you get them right out of high school, and some of them already have had exposure to this or that fraternity or sorority while in high school, so they are more likely to feel this is a significant aspect of college. And, perhaps familial pressure makes it be that.

It does seem to me, though, that the minority fraternities and sororities do not have the same kinds of problems. The Qs are notorious, to be sure, but I don't see their members in the news as often.