What is with sororities?


If you’re going to school in the US, you probably know what I mean. What is with these guys? Why the hell are they so obsessed with frikking greek letters? Have you looked at the names they have? — Sigma Chi, Alpha Beta Kappa, Delta Sigma Chi — the list is endless. How do they come up with these names anyways? Do they have a program that picks out random permutations of capital Greek alphabets? Do they have any meaning at all behind these seemingly random names? And do these names anyway relate to the fact that some of these sororities and fraternities are female only or male only.

So I thought I’d do some [[http://www.wordiq.com/definition/Fraternities_and_sororities|Googling]]. As it turns out, [[http://www.wordiq.com/definition/Phi_Beta_Kappa_Society|oldest sorority]], [[http://www.pbk.org/|Phi Beta Kappa]] actually had a very sound reasoning behind its name. Maybe the rest of them do too, but I don’t know — and given the vast number of them out there, I seriously doubt it.

I [[http://www.wordiq.com/definition/Fraternities_and_sororities#Lists_of_Fraternities_and_Sororities|found out]] that PBK’s name stands for Φιλοσοϕια Βιου Κυβερνετης (philosophia biou kubernetes), “Love of wisdom, the guide of life.” — which makes sense atleast. In anycase, I’ve totally missed on the whole undergrads and sororites business since none of this exists at IITK — well atleast none that I know of. I bet it must be fun; interesting at any rate.

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