Why Go Greek?
Fraternity and sorority life can offer a lot to any student. Whether you are looking for opportunities in leadership development, scholarship, community service and philanthropy, friendship and social connections, campus involvement outside of the classroom, or the network and support that a fraternity or sorority can provide, the Greek community at Western offers it all. Being a member of a fraternity / sorority is about making lasting friendships and enhancing your personal development by committing to the ideals of your organization. It is being a part of a brotherhood and sisterhood where individuals share common values and ideals.
The fraternity and sorority community at Western has a strong tradition of providing students exceptional co-curricular and involvement opportunities. Currently, there are 16 national fraternities and 10 national sororities on campus. While each chapter is different, there are many similarities in that all organizations within the fraternity and sorority community strive to better their members by providing some of the above experiences and attempting to live the founding values of their organization. Values such as honor, truth, service, brotherhood and sisterhood, academic excellence, ethical conduct, and citizenship are among the core values that fraternities and sororities hold.
Aspects of Fraternity / Sorority Life
Fraternities and sororities offer a multitude of leadership opportunities that will assist students in preparing for their future. Where else will you have the opportunity to, among other things, lead an organization that includes up to 85 of your peers, manage a significant operating budget, or hold your friends accountable to core values? Each chapter is self governing and with the assistance of an advisor and in many cases an active alumni association, relies on the talents and integrity of its members to ensure success. Members will also have the opportunity to participate in several regional and national leadership institutes and conferences such as those sponsored by their national organization as well as the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute. Each year, approximately 15 members of the Western Greek community participate with students from across the country in the annual Mid America Greek Council Association Conference.
Academic Excellence is not only a core value of Western Illinois University, it is also a core value of each fraternity and sorority. Members are required to achieve academic standards both to be eligible for membership and to continue membership. Members are encouraged to strive for excellence through incentive programs, study hours, tutoring, study partners, and national recognition. It is the goal of each organization to consistently have a grade point average above the all-male or all-female average.
As a complement to the university value of social responsibility, each fraternity and sorority has a commitment to service as one of its core principals. Many organizations participate in a local Adopt a Street program in a partnership with the City of Macomb and also sponsor local service and philanthropic projects each semester. Philanthropies such as the American Cancer Society, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Pediatric Aids, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Galludet University, the American Red Cross, the McDonough County YMCA, Macomb Fire Department, Macomb American Legion, and many more have benefited from the local and national efforts of WIU's fraternities and sororities.
The brotherhood and sisterhood within a fraternity and sorority builds friendships that last a lifetime. Brotherhood and sisterhood is the fundamental principle that makes a social fraternity or sorority stand out. The support within the chapter will help you through the best and most challenging times of your college career. The connections and bonds that you develop and share with your brothers and sisters are a hallmark of Greek life at Western. Furthermore, each chapter provides opportunities to strengthen the connections between generations and organizations through participation in alumni events and Greek community events such as homecoming, Greek Week, and other chapter philanthropy events.
It is common to find fraternity and sorority members involved in all aspects of campus life at Western from Student Government, serving as Resident Assistants, participation in Intramural sports, Student Orientation Staff members, the Western Courier, University Union Board, varsity athletics, and so on. Members of fraternities and sororities play a pivotal role in the co-curricular campus opportunities, both through their chapter involvement and leadership in other activities.
One of the best opportunities that a fraternity / sorority provides its members is in addition to the brotherhood and sisterhood, the sense of belonging that comes from being a member of a smaller community. Additionally, members have the opportunity to network with Greek alumni from several generations. The opportunity to create meaningful connections and relationships that can be helpful to members in both a professional and personal way is nearly limitless.
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Thoughts on Being Greek
How has being Greek positively affected/changed you?
Being Greek has played a very large role on me. I spent my freshman year here at WIU non-Greek, and I never did anything, wasn't involved, had a couple close friends I could count on. After joining Delta Zeta last year as a sophomore, I have allowed my leadership qualities to show and I have gotten extremely involved. I now hold a position in my house along with PHC, and I am also the president of Colleges Against Cancer. Being a sorority has shown me the opportunities that are out there and all you have to do is go for it.
-- Colleen Pratl