by NOELLE WRIGHT
TOWER staff writer
When coming to Bethany College, one may notice many things on this campus, such as the beautiful view from the mountains on the way to the school itself, or even the historic campus grounds and monuments such as Old Main in the middle of the campus.
But one thing that cannot be overlooked on this campus is the impact of Greek life at Bethany College. Bethany has 5 fraternities and 3 sororities that make up our Greek community. All year round, finding young men and women who would fit one’s particular house becomes a norm on this campus. For many considering going through rush, the question is asked, “Why should I go Greek?”
One of the answers to this, which may be the best answer, is the word ‘family’. Being a part of Greek life is more than what it is believed to be. It is not for the social aspect, or just a room to live in, but the unity that comes with being a part of a sisterhood or brotherhood. It’s not buying friends, either; it’s gaining a group of people who will be a part of your own life for years to come. Brothers or sisters of a fraternity or sorority become your rock, your shoulder to cry on, the person to bring you up when everything seems to bring you down; they even are that voice you need to get you on the correct path.
Each person who joined Greek life had his or her own path to their brother or sisterhood. Heather Hamm, a junior pre-speech therapy major and current risk manager for Zeta Tau Alpha, credits her mother for her choice of Greek life saying, “My mom encouraged me to join Greek life when I came to Bethany because of her experience as a Zeta here on campus, and said it was a great way to meet new people. I don’t regret my decision at all.”
Peter Franklin, a junior accounting manager and former president of Delta Tau Delta and current Academic and Alumni chair, who comes from a line of Greek men in his family, points out “the ample networking opportunities, a great sense of brotherhood, as well as the lifelong membership and traditions. That also includes relationships formed throughout your undergraduate career into being alumni.”
Each current Greek found his or her own way to their respective houses. Although some answers may not be the same or do not relate to others, to see the pride that each house shows, the bonding of families, and the friendships they’ve gained, Greek life has improved the college experience for many men and women.vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv