1. Kate Hamilton says:

    Yes, I agree. The phoenomena of sororities is also a mystery to me… I wish that you had tackled the whole issue of greek social life on campus. For myself, being a non-traditional 2nd time college student at the moment, I am anywhere from 5-9 years older than these girls, and to me it seems like an extension from high school for those that didnt make the college cheer squad. Are these organizations really important to include in a well rounded education? Very thought provoking. Cheers, Frank.
    Kate

    • Frank Bologna says:

      I’ve had a lot of people suggest I should look deeper into that culture, for I’ve been told that there are many fraternities and sororities which are actually quite conducive to maintaining a sense of community and fellowship. And I’m sure there are. I’ll be the first to admit that my impression on the whole issue of Greek social life stems from a couple of “bad apples.”

      But like you said, I can’t help but think that these clubs are nothing but extensions of a “high school” mentality, and it’s hard for me to see their importance in the grand scheme of getting a well-rounded education. Of course, this viewpoint reveals an inherent bias on my part, for I’ve always had an aversion to clubs and groups.

      Thanks for your comment, Kate.

  2. The FMLA Avenger, a.k.a. ahardheartsells says:

    I don’t know . . . I think geeks aren’t as marginalized as they’d like to believe. It’s part of the geek scene to be the outsider. There’s such a thing as geek chic, you know. Look at Urban Outfitters – – or Thora Birch.
    I’ve never been tempted to join a sorority, but both my brother and sister participated in Greek life. My brother didn’t really have ‘bros’ in his frat – – they used to play games and make chocolate chip pancakes and binge drink together. They weren’t really geeks, but they weren’t bros. They were just guys. (Though I think my brother is ultra-cool, but I’m a geek, so . . . ) The geek-bro blur is nothing new, though – – see Revenge of the Nerds I, II, III, IV, V, VI, . . . . XIII.

    As a side note, would it be okay if this site laid off the barbs agains women and fat people? I just read three random articles and each one had some barb against those two sects of the population. I don’t want to get all Tina Fey here – – no, wait, I do. Don’t you think those two sects of the population are put upon enough? Don’t you think those jokes, barbs, and jabs are tired and lame. It’s obvious from the rest of the writing that y’all are better than that.

  3. David Morgan says:

    I think the bro is very much alive in Hawaii. Not the frat type of bro, but the usage of the term. In fact, if you don’t call somebody a bro, brah or brahda, it’s pretty obvious you’re not from around here. I’ve always used the term “man” but I find myself throwing “bro” into the mix pretty often these days to avoid a pineapple upside the head from a haole hating local.

    • I knew a co-worker from Hawaii, and I gotta tell you: she called me “bro” as if we both came from the same womb. In that context, I can see it being endearing. You’re definitely right about that, David.

      And I have to ask: Do they REALLY throw pineapples in Hawaii? Do they throw whole roasted pigs with the apples in their mouths, too? And what do you have to do to deserve that?

  4. David Morgan says:

    LOL, nah… they don’t really throw pineapples. They might throw rocks and garbage, scream obscenities, or mug you if you happen to be the only white person on the wrong side of the island. It’s just like I wouldn’t want to find myself in the wrong place at the wrong time in the hills of Kentucky. The same principle applies here. I’m not going to go wandering in to a convenient store in Makaha at 11pm anytime soon. All the Hawaiians I know are awesome people and I haven’t had any personal bad experiences, but I hear a lot of stories. Usually you have to be disrespectful to deserve it, but sometimes you just have to be white, haha.

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