I read the opinion piece “Greek Life is Getting Lazy”, and was very disappointed that the writer seemed to be basing her opinions on stereotypes rather than facts or evidence.
As someone not in Greek life, the writer made many assumptions such as Greek life members are image-obsessed and superficially work on behalf of their philanthropies.
It seems very unfair of the writer to demonize sorority women, in particular, for wearing t-shirts for their events.
The claim that the t-shirt is the motivation behind any event is absurd and lacking evidence.
If the writer had bothered to reach out to the Greek community for research on her piece, she would know that all sororities on campus have required service hours, which would put them above the non-Greek college student’s average.
Fundraising and awareness raising events are also important contributions, that should not be blown off as superficial.
From personal experience, my sorority raised money to fund underserved schools that need books to build students’ literacy skills.
While it is important to distinguish and balance between service and fundraising, it not necessary to dismiss either one.
At their core, Greek organizations are social organizations. While our philanthropies are important to us, I know my experience in Greek life would not be complete without my sisters.
Outsiders may see it as an image-boosting Instagram post, but we know it represents something much more.
Some can claim that Greek life is getting lazy, but it seems that often these assumptions are based in their own laziness to not look beyond their narrow perceptions.