Monday, February 23, 1999
Houston, Texas
Volume 64, Issue 99

Whitlock on Clinton

Treviño on the Cosmic Plan

Staff Editorial

Editorial Cartoon

About the Cougar

Tearing down the Greek myth

Ryan Schuchart
Guest Columnist

Freshmen are warned of the "threatening" existence of the Greek community. We have all heard horror stories of hazing, philandering fraternity members and socialite sororities. The media supports these images with TV shows and slanted news articles. The American public, always greedy for slanderous scandal, buys into these misconceptions.

If you believe the stereotypes and enjoy ignorance of the truth, spread these rumors and continue to brainwash impressionable freshmen. If you want to be educated, read on.

Myth 1: Greeks are party animals who never study.

Last semester at UH, more than half of all fraternities on campus exceeded the university GPA. Most fraternities and sororities require study hall for their members, as well as a minimum GPA. The Greek system at UH is dedicated, first and foremost, to the academic success of its members. Greeks are social, but what effective leaders in our community are not?

Myth 2: Greeks buy their friends.

This stereotype seems to be an all-time favorite. Greeks pay dues so their organizations may exist, just as we all pay taxes in this country so that our nation may exist. Paying your dues does not constitute friendship.

Friendships in most fraternities and sororities are stronger, simply because the organization has a common goal to become better students and leaders.

Myth 3: Greeks haze.

While it would be erroneous to claim that all Greeks refrain from hazing, the Greeks at UH that care about their integrity, class and reputation refrain from such activities. They encourage their new members to succeed and continue to be supportive throughout their college careers.

Myth 4: Greeks are pompous, arrogant punks.

Most Greeks at UH will own up to the fact that they are extremely confident. The best act with class and integrity.

The saying is that there is power in numbers. In the Greek system at UH, there is more than just power, there is the ability to leave an indelible mark of friendship, loyalty and teamwork on each other, while creating a remarkable legacy of success and contribution for one's family, UH, Texas and our great nation.

Schuchart is a junior communications-undeclared major.

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