Myths and Truths
Greek chapters encourage binge drinking.
Due to the fact that Greek Chapters compromise the largest student organizations nationwide, Greek communities are constantly in the media spotlight. Social problems such as binge drinking and drug use occur in nearly every facet of society, but their presence is magnified in fraternities and sororities. Each Chapter is required to abide by federal, state, university and their own policies regarding drugs and alcohol. ALL Otterbein Chapter houses are substance free.
Myth: Greeks don’t have good grades.
Truth: As of fall quarter 2010 the average sorority women’s GPA was .03 above the GPA of a non-sorority women while the average fraternity man’s GPA is .07 below the GPA of a non-fraternity man’s. This shows that being Greek has almost no affect a student’s grades. Every fraternity and sorority on campus stresses academics to their members and knows students are here to get an education first and schoolwork will always take precedence over Greek Life.
Myth: Fraternities and sororities are just as seen on TV.
Truth: Many television movies and shows depict the "wild side" of Greek life and choose to amplify its supposed "horrors." In doing so, many movies and shows forget to add the beneficial sides of joining a Greek Chapter and portray its positives of sister/brotherhood, community service, etc. Although there are some isolated instances of hazing and alcohol related occurrences, many institutions and Chapters are taking preventative stances to further hinder these tragedies and Otterbein’s local organizations have a great reputation.
Myth: Going Greek will take up all my time.
Truth: As with any organization, being Greek is a personal choice and it’s up to you how much time you wish to devote. Yes, there are requirements that vary by chapter, but every chapter is flexible and understands today’s students’ work. They are very flexible as long as you are open and up front about your various commitments.
Myth: When you join a fraternity or sorority you are simply "buying friends."
Truth: Since fraternities and sororities are non-profit organizations, dues are used to fund various parts of its day-to-day operations, including academic incentives, room and board, scholarships, sporting and social events, and many other normal everyday expenses. If this is a concern be upfront with the chapter you are considering, they will provide you with a breakdown of how much you would owe and exactly what that money is being spent on. It is all an investment back in you.
Myth: Once you join a fraternity or sorority you’re not allowed outside friends.
Truth: Fraternities and Sororities encourage their members to be friends with everybody! The main goal of our Greek Community is too create a community, not just within our chapter or Greek Life, but for all of Otterbein. To create a welcoming and inviting campus to all who visit.
Myth: Hazing happens in every fraternity/sorority on campus.
Truth: Hazing is the most dangerous and destructive practice that an organization can take part in. Although many people automatically associate the term "hazing" with the idea of mistreating or abusing pledges or new members, any member can actually be a victim of hazing. Hazing is a societal problem. Hazing incidents have been frequently documented in the military, athletic teams, marching bands, religious cults, professional schools and other types of clubs and/or organizations. Hazing is not only against Otterbein policy, it is against the law in the state of Ohio. Otterbein University provides training for all of its students groups about what hazing is along with the dangers and legal ramifications. Hazing is not tolerated.
If you or someone you know is a victim of hazing, in any of its forms, you are encouraged to report it immediately. There are numerous avenues you can take, an anonymous way to report hazing is to call 1-888-NOT-HAZE or log on to the Otterbein Security website to report under Otterbein’s Silent Witness program. Check out the hazing section of the website for more information about hazing and how to report.