Greek Life: It’s Not What You Think


Everyone has an image of Greek Life through influenced marketing by the media and entertainment industry. However, the stereotypical Greek Life we see on TV is not exactly accurate.

Through an exclusive interview with the President of the Panhellenic Council, Madeline Kincer, the Statement was able to shed some light on the stereotypes and provide some not-so-known facts pertaining to Greek Life.

Joining a campus sorority her sophomore year, Kincer felt she “had no idea what [she] was getting [herself] into.” For those of us who are not Greek-affiliated, she was on the outside looking in. However, Kincer told the Statement that “joining a sorority has been one of the best experiences of my life.”

Delta State currently holds three national-based sororities: Tri Delta, Kappa Delta, and Phi Mu. Phi Mu also has the sister sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, and Tri Delta has a sister sorority, Zeta Phi Beta. Each sorority has a set list of rules that is used to make recruitment fair and to prevent division between organizations. Kincer also stressed that “these are no-hazing organizations. That is very strictly enforced.”

Kincer also pointed out that when you are a part of a sorority, “It doesn’t matter what you look like or how much money you have.” This is often a stereotype many people believe: all sorority girls are rich and pretty.

Each chapter has special rituals and practices that are “secret and sacred,” according to Kincer.

When asked about relationships in sororities, Kincer replied, “These girls are your sisters. You may not like every single one of them, but you are sisters, and there is a special bond in each chapter.”

There is a stereotype pinned on sororities that they are infamous for their wild parties. According to Kincer, “All of our sororities have rules for social events. There is sometimes drinking that happens at the bar, but we always have a list of designated drivers that has to be sent in.” There are numerous procedures they must go through to make sure each girl returns home safely after social events.

The Panhellenic Council meets every other week where delegates from chapters come together to ensure that rules are being followed and to ensure each chapter stays connected.

If anyone is ever interested in joining any Greek Life organizations or in finding out more information, feel free to email the Panhellenic Council ([email protected]) or visit the Student Life office.

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