Greek Task Force

Appendix J

Pros and Cons of Greek Life

Pros Cons
1) Teaches leadership, responsibility, teamwork (27) 1) Dehumanizes people through hazing/pledging (20)
2) Strong bonds of brotherhood/sisterhood (48) 2) Creates mob/herd/gang mentality-rituals etc. (22)
3) Meet people from different majors/classes (16) 3) Elitist and exclusionary (18)
4) Participate in community service (38) 4) Nuisance in neighborhoods
5) Important social outlet/alternative (9) 5) Encourages excessive drinking/drugs/sex (30)
6) Reason to stay instead of transfer (15) 6) Intimidation of de-pledges leads to transfers (3)
7) Increases loyalty to AU (5) 7) Antithetical to principles of AU (9)
8) Emphasizes academics (6) 8) Houses have libraries of tests and essays (2)
Note: Numbers in parentheses represent how many people (parents, students, alumni & faculty) mentioned each item.

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