I’m glad Emporia State is a school that features fraternities and sororities that take pride in their academics and who respect Greek-lettered honor societies. But as a new student at ESU, I have to tell my fellow Greeks that I’m disappointed with their visibility on campus during the day and off campus at night.
Greek life is awesome, or at least it should be. It’s exciting to see the Interfraternity Council (IFC) taking active strides to expand the Greek community here in Emporia. Preparing to touch down in this city less than two weeks ago, I thought a slightly isolated campus with a fairly large student population would be the first to have Greeks who take pride in their ability to throw a major social event. The potential for infamy here is limitless.
Many of the frats and sororities in town don’t just reside in your average two-story fixer-upper under the care of a couple of 20-somethings. Every other block has what I can only describe as compounds decked out with large wooden letters that scream, “We run this town!” But I haven’t seen anything to prove these boasts are more than hand-me-downs from a far off era that respected my right as a college student to party.
I joined a chapter of Delta Sigma Iota in New Jersey in spring 2012 at the end of the hardest, but most valuable semester in my college career. My brothers and I made it our business to not only hit the books, but fill our house to capacity every Thursday night. It’s two weeks into the semester and I haven’t woken up sore yet satisfied from a crazy night. I haven’t posted a single irresponsible Facebook post or Tweeted my thanks to anyone for making sure I had the night of my life. I’m talking about one of those “Project X” nights you’ll never forget that prove there is no “I” in team.
ESU Greeks, your classmates are waiting for the party of the year. In the name of Greek life everywhere, I’m hoping you deliver.