posted on Dec, 30 2007 @ 03:14 PM
I'm sure some fraternities (and sororities - let's not leave them out) actively work in conspiratorial ways to advance the
careers/priorities/agendas of their members, whether those members are currently enrolled in college/university or out in the workforce. You already
mentioned Skull and Bones, the most famous of these.
But there's a fine line between a quote-unquote "conspiracy" and friends/acquaintances helping one another out. I'm not and never have been a
member of a fraternity, but of the four jobs I've held in my life - two of them summer gigs during high school and college, one in a position with my
university, and my current job - I've benefited from a friend's recommendation in three of them. It was that recommendation/connection that got my
foot in the door and (at least) gained me an interview.
Does that mean that my friends and I "conspired" to get me those jobs? I don't think so.
Most of the people I know benefited from a friend/family member's recommendation - at least in part - in getting their current jobs. Being a member
of a fraternity/sorority just increases the number of potential connections you have.
You also have to consider the role that fraternities and sororities play on college campuses. I've visited friends at several small, private
colleges where nearly everyone - I'm talking upwards of 90% of every graduating class - was a member of a fraternity or sorority. That's just how
the social life operates on some campuses, including some larger schools. You're bound to have a few uber-high achievers in a group that large.
That said, most of the Greeks I knew in school fall into the (as you put it) "immature, beer guzzling, louts" category. Of course, so did most of
the non-Greeks - including yours truly, from what I can remember...