February 9, 2009 purchasemymind3

anqcolorshield11After my Diversity Club meeting, I stumbled onto a conversation with the head of our school’s PSGA, Russell who was not so happy about his recent proposal from a group of Sophomore girls to start up a sorority/fraternity at SUNY Purchase. Minutes into our conversation, I started to think about the pros and cons of how a sorority and fraternity would benefit our school. I realize that with it, we can build a better networking system amongst our students and how it can make our weekends less boring. However, I believe that most of the students who come to Purchase like the feeling of the artistic crowd we have here and putting a sorority/fraternity house may change the vibe and style we have that is so unique to Purchase. I’m sure this wasn’t the first time this idea was proposed, and I wonder why every time it was declined. I wonder if the foundation of our school would differ and to what measures it would change.

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  • 1. murrphyslaw  |  February 9, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    We discussed this the other night over a cigarette. I feel like a majority of the students at Purchase came here to get away from that whole Greek life on campus, I myself one of those students. A major pull in for Purchase is the lack of sororities/fraternities on campus. Although I do think the party life and weekends here would benefit from having sororities and fraternities and we do have the space on campus for housing for such associations we need to first worry about putting our money and the schools money towards things we NEED rather than want such as better laundry facilities for Crossroads, Big Haus and Farside, better equiptment in the gym (half the time i go there and the machines are broke), and other things around the buildings that need to be fixed such as lighting and what not. In my opinion the schools main concern should be bettering the facilities before extending them.

  • 2. Elizabeth Lane  |  February 17, 2009 at 3:08 am

    Well, coming from a university with an intense Greek life going on (SU), I can tell you that there are aspects of frats and sororities that ARE beneficial, but probably wouldn’t be as effective at our campus. They are quite the contrary when it comes to networking amongst the student community. Frats/Sororities are extremely involved within themselves and hardly socialize with other people outside of Greek life.
    A lot of people complain that Purchase can be cliquey enough and adding Greek life to the mix will create a whole other group of people separating themselves from the community.
    I think if you want to enhance the partying on the weekends, the better way to that, is trying to get Purchase to become a “wet campus”… I don’t know how to go about that, but there are a lot of other schools that have a much more alcoholically-tolerant campuses. You might want to look into that? But it is an interesting idea…

  • 3. Rishona  |  March 13, 2009 at 11:15 am

    It depends very much on the fraternity or sorority. All are not the same, and there can be many differences in how they operate and what their mission is. There are sororities for women engineering majors and fraternities for gay men. In my opinion, if adult college students wish to affiliate, then what reasons would the school really have to not allow them to?

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