By Tony Peroni and Ahbree Graham
On most American campuses, Greek Life is a common part of the college experience. Between philanthropy, professional development and camaraderie, the values that many Greek organizations give to the campus community are quintessential in building a healthy and functioning community. Look at the College — some of the finest sororities and fraternities have graced our campus, sporting their letters and making Ewing a welcoming home for friendship.
As many know, Greek life came into existence in the 1700s, welcoming only the most elite members of universities into secret societies in which only the most significant and urgent matters were to be discussed. But this got The Chip thinking … many American students live by Greek life and die by Greek life. We sport Greek letters and pledge allegiance to secret Greek phrases. If us Americans live by Greek Life, what do universities in Greece do? To the Chip’s surprise, the answer to this inquiry is more enlightening than shocking.
After sending multiple reporters to the cradle of Western Civilization, we were surprised to learn that the Greeks have taken kindly to our ode to antiquity, and have developed organizations that reflect American society and values.
It was a beautiful Mediterranean Saturday. A legendary rivalry was in the midst of taking place once more between Athens University and Sparta Institute of Technology. The game — football (soccer). The stakes — pride and a year of good luck and fortune. At the tailgate, we interviewed students from Dee Tee Dee (surprisingly similar to the College’s own Delta Tau Delta), who were flipping lamb burgers and cracking a few cold cans of Mythos, a local brew. These promising young lads were part of what they were proud to call, “American Life.” When asked what “American Life” meant to them, they had a few interesting responses:
“American Life is chill, a lot of it is just bro-ing down and bonding with my feller DeeBoys,” stated Demitrokos Tectonicanica, a junior accounting major at AU.
“American Life isn’t just about the brotherhood,” claimed Nikos Anastas, a senior journalism major. “It’s about American Values, like bro-ing down and bonding with my fellow DeeBoys.”
“I think about it quite often, to be honest,” said Toro “Aristotle” Flame. “But what it comes down to is two things — how often I get to bro down with my fellow DeeBoys, and whether or not we are bonding in the process. Nothing else matters.”
Living by their secret motto “Chill and be chill”, these (Dee) boys sure do know how to kick back and exemplify the perfect brotherhood.
Through The Chip’s seven-figure budget, we were able to unite Demitrokos, Nikos, and Toro with their American counterparts. Sporting their letters, the three Athenian students stood in lot 5, while over the horizon, all 500 brothers of Delta Tau Delta rose out of the fog, like an army of absolutely ripped and chiseled soldiers.
“Suh” said all 500 of the brothers at once.
“Suh” said Demitrokos, Nikos, and Toro at the same time.
The counterparts dapped each other up and disappeared into the fog, brothers in arms, DeeBoys united at home, and across the pond, forever.