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It’s a new school year, and the first-year college students are lined up to decide what fraternity or sorority they will pledge for with expectations of having lifelong friends, going out, having a comfort zone, and throwing parties along with several other activities. All these things appear fun and memorable however there are some factors of fraternities and sororities that will question your decision about joining one.Fraternities and sororities have influenced unethical behavior from hazing rituals that lead to death to racist parties . Three students pledging fraternities at Florida State, Penn State, and Louisiana State have died, and not just from alcohol intoxication but also as victims of those apathetic people who they wanted to call their brothers (Graham). Several colleges and universities have expelled fraternities and sororities from campuses, but others still have active greek societies. However, a striking number of CEOs, members of Congress, and American presidents have belonged to fraternities. Many Americans consider their Greek life and the friendships they’ve made a worthwhile experience to cherish (Flanagan). Because of the many advantages joining a sorority and fraternity offers, some colleges still allow their Greek chapter to remain open. Sororities and fraternities are social groups for students on college campuses. When some people think of Greek life in college, they think of notorious parties thrown at houses, hazing rituals or looking a certain way to be able to pledge. But there is a lot more to being part of a sorority or fraternity. You develop leadership skills, business connections, and improve academically. Most schools have GPA requirements for students to join a house, as well as an average GPA for the chapter overall. As a result, many members of a greek society have higher GPAs and are more likely to graduate college. According to the North American Interfraternity Conference, “Male Greek students overall have a higher GPA nationally than the entire male student population” (Jacobs).  Studies have also shown that Greeks have better professional lives and are more engaged in their workplace. According to Gallup Education Director Brandon H. Busteed, “The overall results suggest that the Greek experience could be beneficial for the vast majority of those involved in it.” Fraternity and sorority members are more feasible for being successful in all of Gallup’s five elements of well-being: purpose, social, financial, community, and physical (Jacobs). Sometimes members who don’t get along have to work together and this skill is important in the workforce. They are also given a chance to learn and fail without losing support from their peers. Curtis Burrill, American University’s Greek life coordinator, said “Sorority and fraternity membership teaches crucial social interaction skills. Making conversation with strangers and running weekly meetings are just two examples.” (Glass). The Greek life allows students to have a beneficial influence both academically and morally as well as prepare them for future obstacles they might have to overcome. Over the past few years, many Greek chapters have closed due to deaths and violence on campuses. There are several lawsuits against fraternities because of their past and present events of irresponsible behavior leading to death and legal charges. At Texas State University, a 20-year-old was found dead after a night of heavy drinking at a fraternity. Another 20-year-old died at Florida State University in a similar situation. An 18-year-old student at Louisiana State University had a blood alcohol content of .496 percent (Bruni). Another incident was due to an alcohol-filled hazing ritual in February, Timothy Piazza, a sophomore pledging at Penn State University died, and new regulations were implemented for their Greek life which included some fraternities closing their chapter. The University of Michigan’s student-run Interfraternity Council suspended all Greek Life social activities in accusation of sexual misconduct, hazing, and drug use (Rosenblatt). Members of a frat in the University of Oklahoma sung a racist chant that was caught on video on March 7, 2015, and the university took charge and expelled two of the students who sang the song and closed the chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (Gray). Fraternities and sororities are essential to many people because they help shape an individual, gain unique skills, and build a personal bond but there are unfortunate events that take place, and it is too lethal for a few Greek letters. There have been many discussions with several individuals on the issue of frats and sororities, but the problem wasn’t entirely addressed for many reasons like housing for students, student rights, and outside social outlet. (Jacobs). Despite the events that happened to members of several sororities and fraternities, colleges have reasons to keep Greek societies active on campuses. They keep benefactors especially those who remain as active members, writing checks to them. Fraternity and sorority parties can be a center of social life on campus even for those non members. Many students also live in frats and sorority houses because of the struggle to find a safe place to stay near campus.  Furthermore, several sororities fraternities take part in community service activities as a purpose for Greek life (Graham). When arguments are made in their favor, it is supported by significant experiences from millions of Americans, and as a society that has helped build higher education for people. Fraternities and sororities raise millions of dollars for several causes, participate in many hours of community service, and attempt to guide young students toward lives of service and virtuous action (Flanagan). The benefits that sororities and fraternities bring for both the students and the university allow it to still be active on campuses; undermining the harm it brings sometimes. Only the Greek chapters involved in these incidents have been banned but is that an effective solution. There are so many other universities with Greek chapters that might also lead to another death of a student or violence outbreak on campus. Furthermore, banning Greek life doesn’t eliminate alcohol-related incidents or sexual assaults because Greek life isn’t the cause of these campus incident instead just an association.  If universities want to improve the presence fraternities and sororities and their behavior, it comes down to the responsibility that must be taken either by the university or the Greek society. (Thompson). Kalhan Rosenblatt, a reporter for NBC News, said,  “Banning Greek life altogether would also drive fraternities underground, where, with virtually no oversight, they can be even more dangerous. But experts say there are other avenues schools can take to reduce hazing and protect against alcohol-related deaths, including banning alcohol and eliminating pledging.” For example, the University of Iowa enforced a  moratorium on alcohol at fraternity and sorority events, and as a reward for good behavior, 26 of the 36 fraternities and sororities at Iowa are being allowed to host a one-holiday party at the end of the year (Hartocollis). According to Ruben Reyes, an  editorial writer at The Harvard Crimson, “College is a place where individuals are supposed to learn how to interact with people who are different from them, but fraternities are getting in the way.” Although fraternities and sororities are personally important to some people, their appearance on campus comes with consequences that are fatal for many students. Colleges do not only have a responsibility to uphold their name but also to protect their students.