A privilege, a responsibility

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By Matt Olson

“Being Greek is a privilege.” It’s a message Director of Greek Life Timothy Dunn wants every fraternity and sorority member to know.

He posits that many students do not recognize Greek life is about more than just parties. The Greeks do community service around campus, with the goal of creating a more welcoming campus in Schenectady.

Dunn understands that there are negative attitudes about the Greeks at Union.

However, considering the community service and activities in which Greek life is involved, he is satisfied with their reputation at Union.

“I think it’s important for us to give back to the campus. No campus is obligated to allow Greek organizations to exist, so I think it’s important for us to show our gratitude for that,” he said.

This term, Greek organizations are doing more charitable work around campus.

All Greek chapters are required by the national organizations from which they stem to complete a certain number of hours of community service.

On top of that, Dunn says that Greek life is getting involved in activities such as the Boys and Girls Club, after-school tutoring in Schenectady, charity dinners and working with U-Sustain and Project Sunshine.

Additionally, Greek members of all 17 chapters at Union are involved in campus clubs and organizations.

As Dunn put it, “You would be hard-pressed to find an organization on campus that does not have at least one Greek member.”

He recommends all students that feel the Greeks are not a positive influence on campus attend the events held at Greek houses that are not after-dark parties.

“I would encourage students to spend time in a Greek house outside of the party scene,” he said. “For example, go to one of the charity dinners on a Tuesday night or attend a speaker series at fraternity houses on Friday evenings where they have professors come and talk about a topic.”

According to Dunn, due to the drive and push that organizations instill into the minds of their members, Greeks are some of the most driven and intellectual people on campus.

Fraternities and sororities at Union are community service organizations that contribute to the campus and community.

As Dunn stressed, “Greeks always rise to the occasion.”

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