Written by Michelle Martin, a current student at Virginia Commonwealth University
A recent top ten article published by Parents and Colleges ranked ten of the best sororities and fraternities. The article began to generate a lot of buzz on Facebook as many sisters of unlisted sororities were offended by the content. Many readers on the other hand praised the article because they were affiliated with one of the best greek organizations.
As a guest blog writer and supporter of Parents and Colleges I cannot ignore the complaints of readers, so I feel it is appropriate to address the issue. All of the sororities and fraternities that were chosen are larger, more popular (or widely known) and have for the most part been around longer-hints to why they were categorized as the top ten.
However, that does not discredit much of the scrutiny that this list received because a lot of the comments made are true. It is not fair to compile a national list of the best sororities and fraternities because each chapter is very unique. Some schools don’t even have all the sororities and frats listed and at some universities these chapters have been suspended for participating in negligent behavior.
For example, at my school, Virginia Commonwealth University, the popular sororities are not the same as the popular sororities at the University of Virginia and for arguments sake, I will leave those chapters nameless.
Keeping these variables in mind the intention of the article was not to persuade rising college students to join one of these specific organizations, but to introduce them to the goals of Greek members and show them what some well-known organizations are doing.
The article does not prohibit students from joining other organizations, or take away the value of other Greek organizations. It merely offers a path for curious students looking to build a life-long foundation of friendship.