Whether the reason is their lineup of houses, hazing, secretive nature, or the parties people wish they could attend, Greek life is hard to miss on most campuses and hard to take seriously. However, if someone were to ask you what you knew about Greek life at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, how much would you be able to tell them?
Many people get negative connotations about Greek life from what they see on TV, movies or other campuses. UWSP is striving to abandon these stereotypes.
"The worst thing is being judged by others and being labeled as a certain type of person. Many people think we’re just a bunch of dumb students that get together to have parties and drink," said Katrina Miller, a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon (DPhiE) sorority.
Regardless of what some might think, most Greek organizations like Delta Phi Epsilon are dry. This means that none of the events held by them have alcohol present. Despite the two fraternity houses on campus, UWSP’s Greek organizations do not even have housing. Therefore, the stereotypical house parties are not even associated with Greeks. In fact, it is technically illegal to have a sorority house in Stevens Point due to an old law that declares it a brothel or whorehouse.
Greeks say they are not the snobbish, super exclusive people that some movies suggest.
"If you look around, we are involved in numerous other clubs and volunteer organizations. Many leadership positions on this campus in places like the Student Government Association, University Dining Services, Centertainment, etc. are held by Greeks as well. We usually make up the majority of attendees at campus-wide events," said Deuce Griggs, a member of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity and president of the Inter Greek Council.
What They Stand For
When deciding to go Greek, students do more than just joining an organization.
"It’s more than just a club. There’s a binding behind our letters that you’re part of forever. We live by our creed, morals and values," said Isaiah Matthew, president of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. Just like your related brothers and sisters (most of the time), sorority sisters and fraternity brothers have your back through whatever you need.
"When it comes to our sorority we put our differences and conflicts aside. We can admit our faults but we work on ourselves and build to be a better person," said Megan Cahill, a member of DPhiE.
An issue surrounding Greek life lately is that they’re being sent off the map for insurance reasons. Phi Sigma Chi Fraternity and Phi Omega Sorority were not given re-recognition as organizations from SIEO this past year for failure to pay the $3,000- $5,000 insurance money despite being local chapters.
John Schular of Phi Sigma Chi said, "It would be almost impossible to expand Greek life now and to come because most Greek organizations start as local and become national when there are enough resources. It’s almost impossible monetarily without support."
Many hope that things will change with the new Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Al Thompson. As a former Greek and advisor, he plans to implement a Greek task to write up a negotiated agreement of what each side hopes to achieve and what everyone expects of one another. What each side hopes for is change for a better future, including Phi Sigma Chi and Phi Omega.