Greek housing would be a complete waste
I want to start off by saying that this is not an attack on Greek life, which would be too easy. However, if you are a member of Greek life I would advise you to stop reading now, because chances are you are not going to like what I have to say. The idea of having University-funded Greek housing on campus is starting to be explored by the Student Government Association. I’m here to tell you that this is a complete waste of time, energy, money and just about everything else you can think of.
On Monday, my comment was featured in “The Word on the Street” section of The Towerlight. My comment was in opposition to Greek housing and for that, I received quite a bit of flack. My comment was a mere two sentences, so this will serve as my full argument against it.
I’m sure I don’t need bring to light the stereotypes that are perpetuated among Greek life. I’m sure everyone knows the generalizations about frats and sororities. My point is that while these may not be always true, it doesn’t take away from the fact that they are true for a majority of members. Therefore, we should not, as a University, sponsor this behavior. Sure, they could have rules like those they already have for dorms, and many Greek chapters have national rules on housing. But do you really think that these rules would be observed? They are barely observed in the regular dorms.
There was an interesting stat brought up in the article about the possibility of Greek housing in the Monday edition of The Towerlight. It said that Greek life only accounts for seven percent of the population at Towson. My question is why should we cater brand new housing to such a small minority of the students at TU? There is nothing wrong with the current dorms (except for maybe Residence Tower). Members of Greek life don’t need a special place to meet and live. There are plenty of places on campus for them to meet. The whole “it’ll foster a sense of community for Greek life” argument is bogus. It will more likely cause an increased rift between Greek and non-Greek students that is already somewhat visible. As a school, we have the motto “One Towson.” What kind of message does it send when you are essentially “segregating” seven percent of the student body from everyone else with new facilities? You may be a member of fraternity or sorority so-and-so, but you can’t forget that first and foremost you are a Towson University student.
I have no problem if fraternities or sororities funded their own housing. My problem is that the University would fund Greek housing. The University would be contradicting itself if it were to go ahead with these plans. And quite frankly, I am disappointed in the SGA for supporting something that only helps, again, seven percent of the population at Towson. Towson has a big decision to make soon. Let’s hope they make the right one, whatever it may be.