USGA, the G Stands for “Greek”

Cameron Hines

Whether you are a member of Sigma Chi, Phi Sigma Sigma, or have no affiliation with Greek life, it is clear that though our school’s Greek life may not be as outspoken as other schools’, the Greeks are still a core group of dedicated individuals. With Greeks being highly dedicated individuals, it may not come as a surprise that so many of the USGA Senators are also Greek (more than 50 percent). With only 6.8 percent of the student population being members of Greek-lettered organizations, this dichotomy may appear surprising.

There are many faces to this difference in the percentage of student body Greeks and USGA Senator Greeks. Sophomore Mitchell Davis, member of Kappa Gamma Rho, said this is because “many members of Greek life are very ambitious and aim to better the school and themselves by joining the governing student body.”

Junior Arnold Lane said that the Greeks’ involvement “isn’t really anything new,” and that it is something that has always been around.

With so many Greeks being involved in USGA when it makes up such a small percentage of the student body, some may worry that this small group of students have such a huge presence in student government.

Sophomore Ashley Winward said that she “could definitely see that being a conflict of interest. Greek life may not have Greek housing but they still have a huge presence on campus. I would hope that UNH wouldn’t turn into a scene of Revenge of the Nerds or anything.”

On the other side of the coin, freshman Marcos Jimenez, USGA Senator, said, “Of course it affects the workings, but I believe in a positive way. These students want to do something that’s bigger than themselves, that’s why they’re part of Greek life. They are all part of something that is bigger than them, that if they put the effort in they will all get a great reward. In the case of USGA, the reward is giving back to the University that gave them the opportunity of higher education.”

At the end of the day, it is not necessarily a fair decision to make, whether the surplus of Greeks in USGA is a problem. They ran, students voted, and now they have the power. Is there a chance that their decisions may be biased? It is perfectly reasonable to make that statement. But Marcos Jimenez puts it best, saying that the Greeks are “leaders, they love being involved, they enjoy giving back, and they all want to be a functioning cog in some great machinery.”