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Written by Kim Moreau
LSU Greek life may only make up a small percentage of the undergraduate population, but many students might doubt the number given Greek life's prominence on campus. With the majority of Greek organizations having houses and membership numbers between 50 and 200, Greek life plays a huge part at the school. Greek students show proud allegiance to the fraternity and sorority cause by donning Greek T-shirts and dressing "fratty" in polos and khakis. LSU is a school known for having a party reputation, and Greeks are usually considered the ones responsible for the status. Fraternities throw huge weekend-long parties, such as Kappa Sigma "South Seas" and Acacia "Night on the Nile," that require the talents of their construction management members to build huge bridges and sand dunes.
There is a positive side to pledging on a campus so big—many students consider Greek life a great way to get to know people quickly. Greeks tend to clump together at certain bars around town and at parties at the fraternity houses. Fraternities and sororities throw parties like formals and bus trips, have weekly exchanges, participate in intramural sports, and host events. Greeks even have their own campus bus route. But despite their high visibility, Greeks aren't considered the only organization for students to get involved in on campus. Incoming freshmen can check out Greek life, as well as other major campus organizations like LSU Ambassadors. Greek life is a great way to make the campus smaller, but not the only option for those looking to make some friends.
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