By DaQuan Martin; The Whetstone
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority’s Lena Brown said she joined her Greek organization for networking and the relationships she encounters.
“I saw the bonds the ladies at the time had,” she said. “I wanted that sisterhood; I grew up with no siblings and I wanted that aspect.”
Many Greek-affiliated students at Wesley College wanted to become Greek for the social life; then they realized it is much more than a party scene.
Senior Rex Chege said he joined Phi Beta Sigma for the brotherhood and networking.
“You see the bonds and you want it,” he said.
Senior Connor George said he joined Alpha Phi Delta because the people who brought him in made him feel at home.
“This fraternity means everything to me,” he said. “We argue we fight, and we also conduct business like brothers do.”
Senior Kierra Whitaker said she joined Zeta Phi Beta because it helps with maintaining grades.
“Students must have a GPA of 2.5” she said. “And that is low, there is other schools who require higher, but being Greek pushes you to keep your grades up.”
What students also may not see is the tremendous amount of work that goes on behind the scenes in Greek organizations.
Chege said he spends a lot of time learning the business aspects and learning how to survive in the real world.
“People see the Greeks at parties and think that’s all they do” he said. “But no one knows about the chapter meetings, the Graduate chapter that we report to and planning community services projects to do.”
Many of the Greek organizations host events on campus to help prepare students for life after Wesley.
Senior Lexus Commodore said she joined to be a part of something bigger than her.
“I joined for the sisterhood as well,” she said. “Service was another aspect. We try to host events to help students prepare for outside the real world.”
A year and a half ago, the Greeks on campus were put on a moratorium, a brief period of probation for suspected hazing. They had to complete tasks prescribed by the College. They performed the tasks and the probation was removed last spring.
Senior Jamal Earls said it takes a village to build an empire.
“Students are never going to be satisfied with Greeks,” he said. “Either it’s when the next event or party, but never when can I learn more about Greek life.”
Earls said the moratorium was pointless.
“You have bad seeds everywhere,” he said. “Students need to know that we must follow what the school says or there is no Greek Life.”