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Smart Talk 12/20/2017: Campus Greeks / PSH-Highmark Partnership

Smart Talk 12/20/2017: Campus Greeks / PSH-Highmark Partnership

The first Greek fraternity began on the campus of the College of William and Mary in 1775. Since then, social fraternities and sororities offered support and camaraderie for college students across the country. The 1978 comedy Animal House portrayed Greek organizations as out-of-control party houses that create chaos for campuses and communities.

While this depiction was greatly exaggerated, incidents of hazing, underage and binge drinking and sexual assault have caused many to question the value of having these organizations on campus. "All social fraternities -- alongside the sycophantic sorority life that they exploit -- must go," writes Lisa Wade, an associate professor of sociology at Occidental College and the author of American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus.

Advocates of the Greek system point to the family-like atmosphere that is cultivated, helping young adults acclimate to life away from home, community and philanthropic efforts and academic support as benefit