Chapter 3Greek Letter Organizations

Let’s be what we say we are . . . a fraternity, not a club . . . made-up of men, not boys . . . based on ideals, not expediency.

—Ralph D. “Dud” Daniel of Phi Kappa Psi Baird’s Manual of American College Fraternities

GREEK LETTER ORGANIZATIONS have been part of the landscape of North American higher education since the late 1770s. They have both shaped, and been shaped by social structure, world politics, and the changing role that higher education played in the lives of students. This chapter gives a brief explanation of a few terms associated with sororities and fraternities, their history, their structure, and what advising Greek letter organizations may look like on a college campus. This chapter is ...

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