Biomedical debate

This paper is about why fraternities and sororities should be banned. We then used our final draft of our paper to use in a class debate for health issues and science. While writing our paper we got a partner to help write the pro side and the other two partners wrote the con side. After writing our papers our group got together to let each know about our factual evidence so both groups know both sides. I learned how to better argue myself in a debate. Iv’e also learned about how to incorporate factual evidence correctly. In a further debate i will definitely need to prepare myself for eye contact. It is hard for me to have eye contact when my notes for my speech are below. That saying another thing I will need to improve is knowing my facts, that way i can have better eye contact.



The Truth About Fraternities and sororities

Matteo Castaneda and Aaliyah Orozco

Sioux City Community School District Health Science Academy

The Truth About Fraternities and sororities

Fraternities and sororities are to blame for many issues in colleges today. They can be unsafe and many people in them are irresponsible. To begin, what is a fraternity/sorority, and what are the issues that they cause. These are groups of people who have common beliefs, professions, and a mutual feeling of support together. Male being primarily fraternity and female being mainly a sorority. Fraternities and sororities should be banned due to the abuse of alcohol and drugs, brutal and dehumanizing hazing’s to get into these groups, and the outrageous numbers of sexual assault and rape

Drugs and alcohol

First, alcohol and drug abuse in college fraternities and sororities today is a big issue. Furr and Jorgensen state “Roughly 20% of college students meet the DSM-IV criteria for substance abuse, and only 5% of them receive treatment” (Brown-rice, Furr, & Jorgensen, 2015). Students are in an environment with their group where alcohol and substance abuse are “accepted, prevalent, and normative” (Brown-rice, Furr, & Jorgensen 2015). Many students choose to increase their alcohol intake to fit into these Fraternities and Sororities. Fraternities and sororities should be banned due to greatly increased alcohol intake and substance abuse.

Brutal Hazing

To get into these fraternities and sororities, there are often brutal and dehumanizing hazing. Hazing is how the leaders of fraternities and sororities accept people into their groups. Reilly states “There have been 33 deaths from hazing in the U.S. in the past decade” (Reilly, 2018). Why must you die to merely feel belonging? You shouldn’t. Reilly also states, “In the wake of each death, a familiar pattern repeats: the victim’s parents express outrage, student’s morn at candlelight vigil and university leaders promise reforms-But too often, critics say, little

changes” (Reilly, 2018). Students are still dying, getting sexually assaulted, and traumatically injured for reasons the fraternity and sorority industry could control, but choose not to. These groups should be banned because of the brutal ways that people must get in, just to make it seem like they fit in.

Rapes in fraternities and sororities

Most importantly, there are many rapes that happen in fraternities that can cause damage to one’s mind, or the way people talk about them. In the past ten years rape has gone up by 300% (Stell,2018). Many women who are assaulted don’t report it because of threats they get from the male, or their “brothers.” Now, one in five women have been sexually assaulted, and a woman who is in a sorority is 74% more likely to experience sexual assault (Stell,2018). Women in sororities are too scared because of the threats they can get or receive. A lot of women who do try to report it, fear consequences or the way people talk about them at college campuses. “National leaders seem more interested in the alleged perpetrators than the victims themselves (Mcmurtrie, 2015). Women whom are non-sorority members are a lot less likely to not experience sexual assault and rape, when it should be every woman. Fraternity men are 3 times more likely to assault or rape a woman than non-Greek members (Mcmurtrie, 2015). Rape percentage has significantly skyrocketed for women in sororities and this is a good reason on why fraternities and sororities should be banned.


Some people feel that fraternities and sororities shouldn’t be banned because of the opportunities Greek members received. For them to be able to get these opportunities they’re told to do crazy things just to get into that fraternity or sorority. In sororities, it can open many career opportunities and you can travel places, but the students don’t think about that because of

the amount of substance abuse they do and the amount of drinking they do. The benefits of being in them include social networking and leadership development, but most students end up failing classes and they don’t focus on anything except partying and doing the so called “fun things,” they were told before they went to college. You also get a very good alumni connection as a group member, but to be able to get good connections you must do a lot of hazing. Being in a fraternity and sorority also means you can build friendships and memories. Building friendships in a fraternity or sorority can be lifelong and can impact lives, but how is a student able to have these opportunities and things that can benefit their lives, when they have to do horrible things that can ruin another’s life, or even cause them death. Would you choose death over banning a sorority or fraternity?


To conclude, there are many issues in colleges today that are not safe. College students that are irresponsible and because issues are the downfall of fraternities and sororities. These college students all have common beliefs, professions, and support systems. Fraternities and sororities should be banned because of their high rate of rape and sexual assault, dehumanizing hazing, and abuse of alcohol and other substances. If it were your child going to college into a fraternity or sorority wouldn’t you want them safe?


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