Greek life and the culture it brings have always been debatable. Media and Hollywood project Greek life as hard-core partying, bad mistakes made and other negative aspects. In recent years, with the tragic deaths in Greek life settings, everyone can’t help but wonder how and what the future of Greek life looks like.
It’s impossible to put an exact image on Greek life because the culture varies from school to school and from organization to organization. What you experience at West Virginia University will be very different from what you experience at West Virginia Wesleyan College. One factor that Wesleyan prides itself on is individuality; at Wesleyan, you are not a number but an individual that the school assists and attends to his or her needs.
Ask any student at Wesleyan and they will say that they can’t go 15 feet without saying “Hi” to at least five friends. This close-knit environment has to do with the college’s size. How does this reflect on Greek life? Wesleyan’s student population is one-third Greek. Both fraternity brothers and sorority sisters agree that at Wesleyan, their brothers and sisters genuinely care for each other. Because of the size and how close students on campus are to one another, unfortunate situations are less likely to occur.
On average, WVWC fraternities have around 25-30 brothers and sororities generally have around 50-60 sisters. Comparatively, big universities’ Greek organizations can have 100 plus members. This semester, each fraternity predicted they would get around 10 new associate members. Both Theta Chi and Kappa Alpha received five, Chi Phi two, Alpha Sigma Phi six and Theta Xi 12. Seeing a fluctuation of potential new members
Each organization has a national philanthropy, meaning that every chapter in the country supports the same cause. However, each chapter of the organization supports local philanthropy too.
“Kappa Alpha Order works closely with the Parish House in Buckhannon and we have painted their stairwells and built a porch for the Clothes Closet,” Michael Fink Jr. said.
Fink is a junior at Wesleyan and went through fraternity recruitment fall of his sophomore year.
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Cary Casto, a sophomore at WVWC and a brother of Theta Chi, is grateful for how Greek life has helped him. “It’s taught me the value of service and I learned to always have all my brothers’ backs,” he said.