Skewed Perceptions of Fraternities and Sororities
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Skewed Perceptions of Fraternities and Sororities

Fraternities and sororities commonly have negative stigmas, such as partying, being nuisances and not caring about academics.

After speaking with some Greeks, they shared their thoughts on the stereotypes.

“We do a lot in the community that goes unnoticed,” said Natashia Powell, the president of the Inter-Greek Council.

Isaac Lepinski, the Hypophetes of Tau Kappa Epsilon, said when people on campus think of Greek life they remember the TKE drug raid in March. This reconfirmed the stereotypes people already held from content they saw in the media.

Lepinski addressed what representations of Greek life media outlets present.

“It’s a very skewed perception of Greek life,” Lepinski said. “One of our members managed to get 1,300 service hours last year because he looks at philanthropy like it’s a full-time job.”

Joshua Philon, the president of Sigma Tau Gamma, said it is fair that people have these negative perceptions of Greek life because of what they are fed through media. However, Philon added that people need to keep an open mind about other’s differences or they will not get far in life.

“It’s rough because we’re looked at as a cult,” Philon said. “What I would like to challenge my fraternity and others to do is to go out and show them what you really do.”

STG volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club Teen Center every Friday to create role models adolescents can look up to. They also aid in the Special Olympics that are held in Stevens Point every summer.

The Greeks on campus raise the bar to demonstrate what they truly stand for.

Lepinski said after the drug raid, he developed good relationships with the Dean of Students Shawn Wilson and the Greek Life Coordinator Liz Gillmore to improve his fraternity.

“The university forced us to raise our standards which I’m okay with because it makes us better as individuals if we can get through this,” Lepinski said.

Despite what is presented in the media, many people are not able to witness the inner workings of the relationships among the brothers or sisters in a fraternity or sorority.

Powell said individuals involved in Greek life develop solid bonds with one another.

“I’ve been through a lot of hard times in college that most people don’t go through until they’re older,”Powell said. “Just having that connection and being able to talk about it helps so much.”

Philon explained that the words STG adheres to are manhood, brotherhood and community. He said when he joined STG the first aspect he noticed was the whole fraternity was willing to help him out with anything he needed.

At one point, Philon had to have surgery on his tailbone. His appointment was at 2 a.m. A brother in his fraternity was instantly willing to drive him to and from the operation.

Philon said that within STG the brothers come from a variety of backgrounds and have their disagreements, but they still care and look out for each other.

“Regardless of if you clash with one another, you’re getting respect at the end of the day,” Philon said.

The campus Greeks are a misunderstood group on campus. Though they have to work against a negative stereotype, they continue to stand and act as a family for the good they do for the community and for each other.

Emily Showers

Pointlife Editor

eshow592@uwsp.edu

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