Since ancient times, the Aegean Sea has been a centerpiece for much rich cultural influence. This influence is seen in our architecture, exotic foods, old pottery, myths, and other things that have lasting effects on us. This fabulous place of mystery and wonder is what gives us most of our picture of Greece, Crete, and other surrounding islands: crystal clear, sparkling water around beautiful islands with lush green landscapes and ruins of old. In this project, I have delved into this and have come back with knowledge and connections of how Greece became the true birthplace of the West.
In Chapter Seven: Lessons From My Year as a Freshman, Rebekah Nathan summarizes and answers questions on the knowledge she gained from becoming a freshman. The author begins the chapter with a cross-cultural conversation between professors and students. She discusses how professors are not aware of the students living conditions or the effort that goes into achieving a high GPA. Likewise, the students do not understand professor rank and advancement. Nathan also reflects on the time she spent as a student and gains a new perspective during course preparations. The writer continues the chapter with an analysis of student culture and conformity that she experienced during her field work. In the last section of the chapter, Nathan looks back
It is a fact that fraternities and sororities are a major part of student life at the
Once revered as tradition, hazing has quickly become a controversial topic as decades have passed--and the temporary wounds and bruised egos developed into permanent injuries and even death. Hazing, in it’s simplest form, is an initiation process that is conducted across a variety of social groups, but notably within fraternities and sororities. These acts generally involve some form of humiliation, abuse, or harassment which then allow the individual to join their community. Although focus on the victims and their families have taken precedent, universities and colleges have now been under scrutiny for not taking enough preventive measures in order to ensure safety for all parties involved, and furthermore, the poor decisions made after hazing
Greek mythology can be viewed as a mirror to the ancient Greek civilization. Ancient Greek myths and legends often reflected how the Greeks saw themselves. Myths were used by Greeks to make justifications of every existing aspect of earth as well as their own society. In myths, Greek gods & heroes often represented key aspects of the human civilization. From Greek mythology, we can learn about the favorable characteristics of humans, such as their behavior and valuable skills that were approved of by the ancient Greek society. We can also learn about what was viewed as immoral or of little value. In addition, reviewing the Greek myths allows us to determine that the Greek society was generally a patriarchal society and agricultural and war were strong elements that shaped the ancient Greek society.
My auto-ethnographic paper will be grounded on a conflict that I have with myself, that has unfortunately been ingrained in my brain since I stepped foot at this institution. I identify as a Canadian born Chinese student, contentedly graduating this year at the University of British Columbia. I often question my positionality in this community as an asian at a predominantly white school that is on the traditional territories of the Aboriginal peoples. I sometimes get apprehensive or uncomfortable, I sometimes feel as if it is too complicated to talk to my white sorority sisters about and I know the conflict I have is also a conflict for many people of color. However, being a GRSJ student has allowed me to explore this in my own comfort in
The New Jersey Institute of Technology has shared statistics on members of fraternities and sororities on their website such as there being 9 million Greeks nationally, 43 of the nation’s 50 largest corporations being headed by fraternity men, along with 85% of Fortune 500 executives and 40 of the 47 U.S. Supreme Court Justices since 1910 and that over 70% of Greeks graduate while under 50% of non-Greek students graduate, among other
You sit on the couch of your living room when you decide that you want to watch some television. You flip through all of the channels and cannot seem to find anything that sparks an interest. When, suddenly you see going across the screen in bold print “Local Fraternity/Sorority in trouble”. Trouble is what most of America sees Greek Life as. To say that they have not earned the reputation of being troublesome is an understatement. Greek life though might have its problems, but to say that everything that happens within a fraternity/sorority is trouble would be a large misconception. There is a decision that not only lies within Universities, but with many young people across the nation is, should we be associated with Greek life? In this
Here at the University of Oklahoma, Greek life is a huge part of campus living. Our Greek system has major influence over our students and the atmosphere of the school. Last March, a Fraternity on campus made national news, for a video that was filmed off campus, and not with relations to the university. Was the university at fault for the racist song to be sung and for it to be videoed? Most people would say no, but OU got more backlash for this than the students who created it. David Boren immediately kicked the fraternity off campus and he initiated a plan to prove “not all sooners are racist.” This is where we see the problem and power struggle between Fraternities and Universities lies. All the students in the video were adults and living
I believe people change due to the people they are around and the atmosphere. Some people want to be different and want to be noticed or acknowledge by others to the point, their attitude change. For example, in college people always say that when you join Greek life. People start assuming that individuals act like they are better than others and start treating their friends, they had before Greek life like the bottom of their shoes or as if they do not exist. Some start to forget where they came from and who helped them get to where they are. In my other opinion, I believe people change because they think that people will judge them for who they are. For example, if you grew up in a rough environment, such as the ghetto; people would think you are ghetto and is not educated because the way you
MCNABOE MOST OUTSTANDING ASSOCIATION AWARD This award recognizes overall alumnae association excellence and has been presented at every Convention since 1940. To be considered for this award, an association must be in good standing according to the Fraternity Bylaws, Standing Rules and Policies, use ritual in its association operations, distribute its newsletter annually, be inclusive and foster sisterhood, establish a commitment of giving, update the association Bylaws biennially, and assist or interact with a collegiate chapter. One overall winner will be selected from among the finalists. Foundation Awards Designed to recognize giving to the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation, these awards are given to chapters and alumnae associations to thank
Ancient Greece seems to be, on many fronts, a long experiment into the homosociality of a society. From the moment it departed from the Minoan matriarchal civilization of its historical foundation and turned to the celebration of male prowess as documented in Homeric epics,1 the various Greek cultures, by large, devoted themselves to exploring the depths and possibilities of man, and by that, of course, the focus was near-exclusively directed towards men. The dominance of the Sacred Band -- and through it, Thebes -- was the ultimate expression of Grecian society, as it utilized the ultimate ends of homosociality the Greek states had spent centuries developing by reaching its social significance homosexuality; combined the best aspects
I have always been a people person. I thrive off of social connections and being able to benefit people’s lives. Here at the University of San Diego, I have reached my full potential for helping others live their best lives.
In Katie Reilly’s “College Students Keep dying Because of Fraternity Hazing. Why Is It So Hard to Stop?” and David Burkman’s “Why frat boys like hazing, if they live through it” both authors discuss the topic of Fraternity hazing. This topic is worthy of discussion because “Greek Life” is very accustomed in universities, and as a young adolescent joining college for the first time, education about hazing needs to be required.