As Greeks on the University of La Verne campus, we hold a very special spot as leaders. Due to the size of the campus and how social all of the students are, nothing is sacred.
Larger campuses have the luxury of size blotting out gossip among students and keeping problems within the Greek grapevine.
This presents a problem as far as our image on campus. In the past, Greeks have been viewed as self-destructive, party animals that do not take their commitment seriously.
As a member of the Greek community, it saddens me when the actions of one Greek, or even one organization, can set the entire community back years or create a new stereotype.
Posted in 2010 on “The Hungry Student Leader Blog”, T.J. Sullivan wrote about what it means to truly say yes to wear the letters on your chest in a post titled “You are always wearing your letters.”
Sullivan is a brother of a fraternity and wrote the letter with the beliefs of his organization in mind.
While the article has been worded to fit the men of the Greek community, the blog entry applies to everyone that is proud to call themselves Greek. The entry has been reconstructed hundreds of times in videos on YouTube for different Greek organizations.
The message it puts in the minds and hearts of everyone who reads it is enough to make anyone proud to be a part of something bigger than themselves.
As a fellow Greek, I think it is one of the most important things online that you can read. Yes our dynamics might be different than most campuses, but the weight of our responsibilities is just as heavy.
Being Greek does not mean privileged, it does not mean we buy our connections and it definitely does not mean we can get away with anything we want.
We are held to even higher standards than the rest of the student body and no one group or person should have the power to rip apart years of commitment because of one stupid mistake.
At La Verne, we pride ourselves on our Panhellenic peace and support between organizations.
Not every campus has this luxury and there are horror stories from other campuses that I am sure the sororities and fraternities hear from their sisters and brothers.
As a community, we not only reflect our own organizations but the members of other organizations as well. We succeed together as we fail together.
Christina Collins Burton, a junior journalism major, is editor in chief of the Campus Times. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.