(Technically) Greek Life
I may be a male, but I’m a sister. That may sound a little odd, but it’s true! I’m a sister of Tau Beta Sigma.
Traditionally, sororities are for girls, which is why I’m still called a sister, even if I’m a male. Things have changed, though. I have male sisters and female brothers, and it can be a little hard to understand at first, but hopefully you’ll get the idea as you read on.
Here at ASU, Greek life is typically referring to the social organizations, but there are many more groups wearing those strange letters on their shirts walking about campus.Most of the time, if you hear “fraternity” or “sorority” mentioned, you think about what is depicted in movies. You always have the scenes of huge parties in frat houses, people in dark robes doing extremely creepy rituals involving paddles and blindfolds, and numerous other things that tend to give all Greek life a negative reputation.
First of all, these are social sororities and fraternities that promote community service, ethical behavior among their members, and being generally good people. But this is only one part of the Greek life spectrum.
Here at ASU, Greek life is typically referring to the social organizations, but there are many more groups wearing those strange letters on their shirts walking about campus.
As I said before, I’m a sister of Tau Beta Sigma. Tau Beta Sigma is a co-ed music service sorority that promotes scholarship, musicianship, and positive attitudes as we serve the musical ensembles of our university. TBΣ was founded off Kappa Kappa Psi, which is a fraternity with very similar ideals.
Originally, KKΨ was an all-male fraternity, and TBΣ was an all-female sorority. As times have changed, so have the organizations, and that is how I ended up with female brothers and I became a male sister.
In my experience, our parties aren’t exactly what you see in movies. They usually involve chips, dip and the game “Just Dance.” Rituals? Well, we can’t exactly talk about that, but I will say that they aren’t nearly as cultish as the movies make you think.
If you’re considering Greek life, remember there are more out there than the social fraternities and sororities. There are honor societies, service organizations, and many other types of Greek organizations to consider when getting involved on campus.
Processes to get involved with these organizations vary. For example, with our chapters of TBΣ and KKΨ, they offer you a bid for candidacy after they have a chance to meet you through your involvement with the music ensembles if they think you would be a beneficial member to the organization.
Each organization has their own requirements, such as GPA, differing amounts of dues, and things like that. If you think you would be interested, your best bet is to talk to a current member of one of the organizations for details.
Greek life can be a great thing with all kinds of benefits, both now and later in life. Close friendships, community service experience, professional connections, and many unique experiences could be around the corner in one of these organizations. Find some way to get involved, and maybe you’ll end up a “mister sister” or “lady brother” right along side me in my (technically) Greek life.