Look around. Their banners billow proudly in the Breezeway. Greek letters litter the freshman quad with young men and woman pledging their sororities and fraternities. Their colors flash by as they zip through campus, the bright red of Alpha Phi, the purple and gold crested letters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. A fourth of the school’s undergraduates are involved, and that number is growing: in Spring 2013, Hopkins reported a record-breaking amount of young women for sorority recruitment, allowing for new sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, to be added to the PanHellenic conference in the Fall of 2013.
With this rapidly growing interest in Greek Life, one might wonder about the significance that these Greek organizations hold on campus. In the 1943 edition of the Hullabaloo, Hopkins’ undergraduate yearbook, the editors stated, “the importance of the role played by fraternities is well reflected in student life. Many leaders rise from their ranks. Even more notable is their contribution to the social program at Homewood. The Greek-letter support of college functions and the fraternity schedules of private affairs have figured immeasurably in the creation of a brighter, well-rounded extracurricular program at Hopkins.”2 The keyword here is well-rounded. With the immense pressure to succeed and endless hours spent in the library, fraternities and sororities give students another way to feel connected with Hopkins and the other students around them.