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Devin Seese Animal House Eats the Greek System and Produces Rubbish A peek into Greek Life and the Consequences of Hollywood “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” ~Mahatma Gandhi “Every U.S. President and Vice President, except two in each office, born since the first social fraternity was founded in 1825 have been members of a fraternity” ( Some would say that is a blatant lie: fraternities are all about wild drunkenness, dangerous sexual encounters, and a lack of educational motivation. Pause for a few seconds. The last time I checked, the first fraternity (Phi Beta Kappa) was formed around the elements of moral ideas, scholastic achievement, and friendship between men; not beer-bongs, toga parties, and 2.0 GPA’s. Since this is the case, how has discursive formation made these stereotypes synonymous with members of the Greek community? 1978 was the year of the Jonestown Massacre, the first test tube baby, and the defining film Animal House. Thirty years later, majority of people will reference Animal House while on the topic of fraternities. Does the animal house representation of Greek life hold up to the past and present practices of fraternities across the nation, and if not, what can be done to break these harmful stereotypes that have been imbedded into the minds of individuals across the world. The year 1776 holds special significance – the birth of the United States of America and the beginning of the Revolutionary War. During this time period, college students had a limited and very strict curriculum that centered around Greek and Latin with limited to no electives. Strict discipline was enforced and little time was allotted for rest and relaxation. In the 1750’s, students at the College of William & Mary in
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Williamsburg Virginia would gather on a regular basis at a local tavern and talk over a bowl of punch. This was known as the Flat Hat Club. Other groups similar to the Flat Hat Club formed, but were socially limiting and strived for faculty approval. John Heath, a superior Greek scholar, was rejected membership to one of the socially limiting organizations at William and Marry. Not the least bit discouraged, Heath accompanied by four friends and three Greek letters met in the Apollo Room of the Raleigh Tavern and created the first Greek letter fraternity – Phi Beta Kappa. Interestingly enough, the Apollo room also accommodated such men as Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course CSCL 1001 taught by Professor Brown during the Spring '08 term at Minnesota.

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