TXST Greek life offers many benefits to students

James Phillips, Opinions Columnist February 21, 2024

Illustration by Madeline Carpenter

Greek life is a historical and prominent aspect of the typical college experience. However, in recent years, largely due to tragedies stemming from a previous culture of harsh Greek hazing, Greek life has earned an unfairly negative reputation.

In reality, modern Greek life at Texas State provides students new skills and opportunities, as well as strengthens familial and cultural bonds.

Bob Dudolski, associate director for Student Involvement & Engagement in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL), said he would not have his job in academic administration had he not joined a fraternity when he was a student at the University of Iowa.

Dudolski also said fraternities and sororities are more than places to party.

“There are people who seek out fraternities and sororities with the wrong intentions,” Dudolski said. “Because of the reputation that fraternities and sororities have, there are people who seek out joining a fraternity or sorority because they think [partying] is what it’s for, but those people tend to not stay very long [when] they realize there’s more to it than that.”

One example of Greek life having a larger purpose comes from the University of Central Florida when the “47 social Greek-lettered organizations [at UCF] raised $1,065,391” in 2017 as a way to give back to the community through philanthropy.