Why Sororities and Fraternities Should Be Banned. Facts/Statistics.?

Question by Laura b: Why Sororities and Fraternities should be banned. Facts/Statistics.?
I am doing a pro/con debate in my public speaking class on why social fraternities and sororities should be banned. I have been searching all over and have mainly just found newspaper articles stating many deaths over binge drinking and hazing. So could anyone help me find some statistics and facts on why these should be banned? I need the link to the article with it too. Thanks a lot in advance!

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Answer by xo379
Um, well, hazing and drinking deaths are a pretty good reason why they should be banned…
You could look into eating disorders in sororities. There’s a fabulous book called Pledged by Alexandra Robbins…first link below has some info about it. And also more info:
–“Now, with 4.3 percent of Penn students reporting eating disorders, Penn has risen above the national eating average of 4.1 percent, according to the National College Health Assessment…Burnett said that she “can’t get over” how many women have distorted views about eating and obsess over food and exercise. She mentioned both freshman girls and sorority sisters as being particularly susceptible to eating disorders.
“I would hypothesize that they are the most at risk,” she said of sorority members. “They have already … self-selected into this group [that has] a very heightened awareness of looks and how other people perceive them.”

Then you have date rape and binge drinking:
“The “culture of drinking” on U.S. college campuses has recently gained widespread national attention. A report by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) notes the disturbing consequences of drinking on campus each year: 1,400 college student deaths from alcohol-related causes; 500,000 unintentional injuries; 600,000 assaults; and 70,000 cases of sexual assault and acquaintance rape.
Fraternities and sororities are among the key groups that foster this culture of drinking on campus…The 2001 Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study (CAS), a national study of college drinking, found that fraternity members were much more likely to engage in heavy drinking than their non-fraternity peers (75.1 percent versus 48.6 percent). Among women, 62.4 percent of sorority members engaged in heavy drinking, compared with 40.9 percent of other female students…
The National College Women Sexual Victimization (NCWSV) study found that 20–25 percent of college women are victims of an attempted or completed rape during their college careers. In 9 out of 10 cases, the victims know the perpetrators. Other studies also suggest that high levels of rape take place at fraternity houses, particularly against sorority women” <<3rd link More rape (4th link)-- Men in fraternities appear to engage in more non-physical coercion and use of drugs and alcohol as a sexual strategy than do independents.

Answer by Kristen Lynn
How about why they should be praised?

1) Studies prove that Fraternity and Sorority Alumni are much more likely than non-Greeks to participate in community service activities after graduation.

2) Forty-three (43!) of the 100 members of the U.S. Senate are members of a fraternity or sorority.

3) Twenty-nine percent of the House of Representatives are members of a sorority or fraternity.

4) Of North America’s 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by Greek men and women!

5) 7 out of 10 people listed in Who’s Who are Greek.

6) 85% of Fortune 500 executives are Greek.

7) 40 of 47 U.S. Supreme Court Justices have been and are Greek.

8) All but two United States Presidents and two Vice-Presidents, born after the founding of the first social fraternity in 1825, have been and are fraternity members.

9) 63% of all U.S. Cabinet members since 1900 have been and are Greek.

10) All of the Apollo 11 astronauts were Greek.

11) With all of the power in these amazing statistics, only 2% of the population are members of Greek organizations.

12) A U.S. Government study shows that over 70% of Greeks graduate, while under 50% of non-Greeks graduate.

13) A study by the University of Missouri found that Greeks throughout the U.S. and Canada are more involved on their campuses and rate their overall university experience better than non-Greeks.

14) The same U of Missouri study found Greeks are more financially successful after they graduate than non-Greeks, are more involved in their communities, and give more generously to their alma maters.

15) Greeks not only participate in their own fraternity or sorority leadership, but are also involved in the same extracurricular activities as nonaffiliated students.

16) As undergraduates, Greeks raise approximately $ 7 million per year for charities.

17) As undergraduates, Greeks give approximately 850,000 volunteer hours per year.

18) Studies show Greek alumni are more satisfied with the social and cultural aspects of the college experience than nonaffiliated students.

19) Greek affiliation has been shown to have had a significant impact on the current income of alumni.

OR how about you do your own homework like us Greeks? 😉

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