SAU Buzz

Imagining Ambrose with greek life

by Charles Hanley
Posted on Oct 04, 2018

Have you ever thought about the idea of St. Ambrose University having Greek life such as fraternities or sororities?


SAU has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,370 students. There are over 80 clubs and organizations to join if you are a student, but what if Greek life was also added to the mix?


According to the Center of Fraternity and Sorority Research at Indiana University Bloomington, there are over 9 million Greek members nationally and 750,000 undergraduate members in 12,000 chapters on more than 800 campuses in the USA and Canada.


Even though Greek Life is very popular in colleges across the U.S., they have been known to cause trouble.


The Buzz conducted a Twitter poll asking students at St. Ambrose if they would want Greek life at the university. Out of 159 responses, 40 percent of students answered yes and 60 percent answered no, indicating that the majority of the sample of students are content with not having Greek life on campus.


“I’ve heard a lot of bad things and very few good things,” said Ben Elder, SAU resident advisor. “I’ve heard bad things about the initiation process such as the hazing that occurs which is a huge negative and I’ve even heard about a few students in this country dying in the process.”


According to CNN, since 2005, there have been 77 fraternity related deaths in the U.S.; all of them were related to hazing and binge drinking.


“If St. Ambrose wanted to have Greek life on its campus, it would be very hard to find a fraternity or sorority that the board would agree with,” Elder said. “And RAs would be having to do all the house calls for the fraternity/sorority houses—It would be a nightmare.”


Despite all the controversy Greek life brings to a college campus, there are also positives that the fraternities and sororities bring out.


“One benefit, though, about St. Ambrose having Greek Life on its campus would be that it would give non-student athletes a chance to connect in the university and with other students,” Elder said.


Hilary Frakes, the director of campus experience in admissions at St. Ambrose, believes that St. Ambrose University already gives students a chance to connect in the university and with other students with the help of clubs.


“One thing I admire about Greek Life is the brotherhood and sisterhood you gain from being in a fraternity or sorority,’ Frakes said. “But I believe SAU already gives that type of camaraderie with all the various types of clubs we provide.”


While 40 percent of poll respondents seem to want Greek life on campus, it seems, for now, that it is not in consideration at St. Ambrose.

Caption: The Buzz conducted this poll on Twitter. Out of 159 responses 95 respondents voted “no” and 64 respondents voted “yes.” These findings show that a majority of those who voted are not in favor of bringing Greek Life to St. Ambrose.