With the start of the spring semester, rush season is upon us. Fraternities and sororities have begun the process of welcoming new members into their ranks.
At the same time, there is mounting national attention trained on the role Greek organizations play on college campuses, and how they may contribute to dangerous behavior, such as binge drinking and sexual assault.
Colleges around the country have enacted policies aimed at reforming, or even abolishing, Greek life. The University of Virginia, the subject of the since-challenged Rolling Stone story recounting an alleged gang rape, rolled out a series of new policies designed to make fraternity houses safer spaces. In Connecticut, both Trinity College and Wesleyan University have mandated that fraternities become co-educational.
We asked five members of the Yale community to discuss the merits and the flaws of Greek life.