Grading Greek Life On College Campuses
For some students pledging that fraternity or sorority is a rite of passage, creating a sense of belonging and friendship on campus. But after a series of recent ugly incidents - including hazing, binge drinking, and sexual assaults - some colleges are looking harder at Greek organizations and whether some are getting out of control. We’re examining the big picture, nationally and in New Hampshire.
- Don Forsyth – a social and personality psychologist, and professor at the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership. He has done extensive research on group dynamics created by fraternity and sorority membership.
- Georgianna Martin – editor of Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors. She is an assistant professor of Student Affairs Administration and Higher Education at University of Southern Mississippi, and is a sorority member herself. She wrote a piece for the New York Times' Room for Debate about Greek Life.
- Samuel Bauer – a senior engineering student at Dartmouth College. He is a member of the Phi Delta Alpha fraternity on campus, and the executive board of the Intra-fraternity Council.
- MaryAnne Lustgraaf – director of Memorial Union and Student Activities at the University of New Hampshire. She helps oversee Greek Life on campus.