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This week’s question:

What would MIT life be like without the Greek system?

“Poor. It wouldn’t be a loss for the people who don’t live there, but for those who do, it would be an immeasurable loss.”

Walter G. Holland ’01

“Way better. What use does it have other than being a convenient source of housing for undergraduates? If people need to be proud of something, there are a million things more worthy of pride than a couple Greek letters and a bunch of ‘brothers.’ As far as having a ‘community’ or whatever, the only thing the Greek-oriented ‘community’ does is create divisions, rivalries, and take up the time of its members -- time that could otherwise be better spent on more worthwhile things.”

Yanni K. Tsipis ’01

“MIT life without the Greek system would be almost exactly the same as it is now. No biggie, maybe there will be more people on campus that everyone can meet versus the separation of on-campus and off-campus people.”

James L. Chen ’00

“It’s hard to say. I guess we can look at Harvard, which is a peer institution with no Greek system. So MIT would resemble Harvard socially, except we do more work, so we’d be more anti-social.”

Evangelos Kostoulas ’01

“We’d have fewer people to make fun of.”

Anna B. Folinsky ’02

“It would be a lot different. There would be less of a stereotype of, ‘If you live in a dorm, you’re a nerd.’ I don’t think that social groups will be broken up as much as people think they will be, but it won’t be the same as having fraternities.”

David S. Bailey ’02

“A lot less interesting. You get a different lifestyle. You can meet a lot of different people. It’s like a family.”

Eric K. Lee ’01

Compiled by Katie Jeffreys