My first month here at CU I was consistently asked whether or not I was going to rush. Now, this may have to do with a the fact that my roommate is a senior in Chi Omega, but I don’t think anyone will argue the prominence of CU’s Greek on this campus. This made me question why were so many students inclined to pay to be a part of this society. Why subject yourself to yet another hegemonic system within our greater hegemonic society? My roommate pointed out that for her “My sorority is like my family, I always know that I have a huge support system backing me up, and especially as a freshman, this was really important to me.” I know students who work 40 hours a week, and partake in a full course schedule just to make sure that they are able to keep up with their semester dues. If this isn’t an indication as to the importance of Greek life to participants, I don’t know what is. This importance, I would argue, stems strongly from this family bond that is developed within each house.
A symbolic and interpretative anthropologist such as Clifford Geertz may argue that a sorority or fraternity is symbolic of family. Members call each other “sisters” and “brothers,” and the house letters students parade across campus are symbolic of belonging and connection found in their Greek life. Agree with it or not, you can’t argue that the participants who propagate such letters feel very connected to their house and the community within them. Not every family is connected by blood, sometimes the family you feel you belong with most, are the families you choose. Sporting these letters is a symbolic way of illustrating a family-like bond and connection.
Being raised by privilege tends to perpetuate privilege. Through a Marxist lens Greek life may be seen as a way to keep the privileged surrounded by the privileged by way of this this Greek-family bond. Even if you are that small percent that pays for your dues without the aid of your parents, you are still privileged enough to have that as a decision as to where your money goes. Marxist anthropology focuses on the ways material factors cause class divisions and social transformation. In this case, the social transformation would be the family (and the class distinction within the University that comes with it) created by the factor of the Greek institution. Class distinction can be seen perpetuating through lineages within and beyond the university by way of legacy, and its influence later in the work force. As we all know, you can be as qualified as you want but getting a job really comes down to whom you know. If a CEO of a company feels closer to an applicant due to the family bond created by Greek life, chances are they are going to be hired over someone with equal credentials who was not a Greek “sister” or “brother.” Thus the family created through Greek life has real material impacts.
 Rangnekar, Naina. Interviewed by Summer Taylor. Significance behind “being Greek”. November 1, 2015
 Lecture, Professor Carole McGranahan, ANTH 2100 Frontiers of Cultural Anthropology, 31 August, 2015
 Lecture, Professor Carole McGranahan, ANTH 2100 Frontier of Cultural Anthropology, 10 October, 2015