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Support from fellow and non-Greeks: Are we asking too much?

By Hope Riley
On September 29, 2011

At any given time you can find several students wearing Greek letters on the UTM campus. There are various Greek organizations that range from social to departmental to even honor. I personally am a member of two Greek organizations.

The first I joined was Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity that prepares its members to be leaders in the world. However, it is not a social organization, so for the purposes of this letter I will not be referring to it. The second Greek organization I joined is Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. I choose to join an NPHC sorority because of their dedication to community service beyond the four-year collegiate experience. I joined Zeta because of it's principles; service, scholarship, sisterly love and finer womanhood : These principles are similar to the principles of other NPHC and NPC organizations. These organizations work hard to give back to students and the community.

Greek life is a very important part of student life to get students involved and help maintain the retention of students. There is a level of respect that should come with being a member of Greek organizations. I'm not saying there should be a pedestal that the divine nine members are placed on, but common decency is not too much to ask. I personally hold Zeta dear to my heart along with our brother organization Phi Beta Sigma. I know the hard work it requires to be successful and valued members of these organizations. People will vouch that I have love and respect for all of the other member organizations of NPHC.

That is why I take such issue with the mockery that is being displayed on this campus. Students mocking Greeks is nothing new I'm sure everyone has heard something said or done to poke fun at an organizations. However, recently certain individuals on this campus have taken the mockery to a level that is unacceptable. Creating calls, wearing letters, and throwing parties are not what are most important to these organizations.

The organizations devote hours to helping better the campus and community through service and involvement. Organizations must go through a process to be official at UTM. This process is time consuming and takes devotion to follow proper protocol. If someone wants to be a part of an organization there are steps and procedures that can be followed which will result in membership in an organization or in the creation of an official organization. It has been said that imitation is the best form of flattery. However, if you are going to imitate the organization, imitate it well and work to improve the campus and community. Hope Riley Public Relations Senior Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc


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