Brewster-I am not Greek. Wasn't my thing at OSU. I have Greek members in my family though, in addition to my daughter. Older daughter went to an SEC school, went through Rush, and found it to be claustrophobic. I didn't care one way or the other. Just wanted them to be happy and productive.
That being said, it came across to me that you were saying that only Greeks are are the ones who classify. My take was that everyone does it, one way or another. It is human nature. As to paying to do so, or it being a structured way to reject those who don't "fit", were you ever on a sports team? My kids were, and were subject to a draft to determine which team they would be on. And that included 4th grade town soccer. Those who weren't as coordinated as others had no shot at the more select travel teams-they were not invited to try out.
You don't have to pay to be an OSU fan? True. BUT those who buy OSU sports-based gear, pay for tickets, pay their cable carrier extra for the BIG channel sports package, subscribe to pay websites geared to the Buckeyes, pay. It is available to them and it is their option to do so. Some do, some don't.
"And no, you can't judge Greek life fairly"
"So if my opinion is different than yours, its wrong. How very Greek of you."
Way to not include the whole statement which was: "And no, you can't judge Greek life fairly. We are all a product of our experiences and it colors our perceptions. You have your experience, others have theirs. Simply because it wasn't for you does not give you the right to decree that someone else, by dint of being a Greek, is doing it wrong." I think it is pretty self-explanatory. Live and let live. Not your thing? Fine. You have your opinion based on YOUR experience, as I ahve with mine. Neither one of us can judge "fairly" because to me, that means that one has had no involvement to color one's judgment.
And yes, my daughter is still besties with some of the girls she knew in her sorority. As I stated, she misses them. She would have been friends with them regardless of where she met them. That was the vehicle that allowed her to meet and become friends with them. She also has close friends that were not in sororities. She misses them also. She isn't as shallow as you are trying to paint sorority girls, sorry. Were there girls that she disliked in the sorority? Yes. Were there girls on her dorm floor or her lacrosse team or her business clubs that she disliked? Yes. But she had learned a while back how to coexist with people that she didn't like. Shrug.
I guess my question would be, if you feel that the Greek system is not a good thing, and you felt that way then, how could you have been up for consideration for their man of the year two times? Wouldn't that have bothered you as you found the system to be fundamentally flawed?
Oh, and by the way, I did not downvote your original post-not my thing.