Lifted sanctions provide Greek Life with the chance to sink or swim

Lanthorn Editorial Board

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Let’s be honest, it’s been a tough year for Grand Valley State University’s Greek Life. From sanctions to alcohol bans, Greek Life has been in the hot seat. However, with the recent alcohol ban lifted and new policies in place, it’s time for GVSU’s sororities and fraternities to start fresh.

Greek Life, it’s time for you to take responsibility. Do things that you are proud of and prove those who doubt you wrong. The alcohol ban may be lifted, but it’s important to remember that balance is key. Have your fun, but also set time aside to do good and to take your position in Greek Life seriously. 

At the end of the day, you aren’t just representing your national fraternity or sorority, but GVSU as well. There isn’t much you can do when there’s a scandal across the country featuring your brothers and sisters, but you can help to foster a positive environment of community and change here in Allendale. 

And for those of us who aren’t in Greek Life, we should also check our biases and make sure we aren’t so quick to judge. From raising funds for local charities, hosting multicultural events, and organizing food drives, for many, Greek Life has always been more than just a party scene. While they should be held accountable when they make mistakes, as a community we should also recognize the good they do, and even see how we can get involved. 

While it’s on the public to check their biases and stereotypes, it’s also on you, Greek Life. Don’t give people a reason to be bias. Don’t present yourselves in the stereotypical, hollywood film way. With this fresh start, you have an opportunity to shape your image any way you want — make the most of it.  

For the short time we’re in college, we should be taking advantage of the opportunities to shape our world for the better, and maybe we can find a way to do that together. And, when appropriate, yeah we can have some fun.