Greek houses offer a different kind of living environment

Some students may never find what lies inside the doors of the Greek houses on campus, whether it’s sticky floors and empty beer cans, or grand staircases with glassy counter tops in the houses that tower over their neighbors.

Though counterparts of the Greek system, the lifestyles differ greatly when comparing a fraternity with a sorority.

Both sororities and fraternities make being alone an almost impossible task. To Mike Picardi, senior in LAS and a member of Delta Chi fraternity, this is a positive aspect of living in a house.

“I worked at Kam’s as a bartender, and I would sometimes get home at four in the morning and I could do a lap around the house and there would always be someone to chill with,” Picardi said.

While some might compare a Greek house with a dormitory, Picardi found it much better.

“A lot of people think they wouldn’t want to live with that many guys, but I didn’t regret a minute of it,” Picardi said.

Jake Gold, sophomore in AHS and a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, said that while sorority houses seem like a much nicer environment, the rules seem much stricter and might resemble parents being present.

“It’s a whole lot of fun living in a house full of 60 guys and even though it’s hard to get things done, I wouldn’t change it,” Gold said.

While fraternities generally have some sort of alumni advisor to check in on their behavior, sororities usually have “house moms,” who have a much larger role. Delta Zeta’s house mom is always there to help the girls with daily issues, even if it’s talking to a member after a bad day.

“She’s always here to take care of us and she’s pretty much like our mom,” said Jenny Tumba, junior in LAS.

Tumba is currently living in her house for her second and last semester.

She loves the clean, homey atmosphere of her Urbana house and says that when fraternity men come into her house they often comment on how nice it looks.

While many Greek stereotypes are false, the cleanliness of fraternity houses does generally seem less than desirable.

“There’s times when a girl will come in the house and be disgusted, but when there’s more than two guys living in the same place, you can’t have it clean 100 percent of the time,” Picardi said.

Because it’s up to the men to keep their houses clean, it can be a struggle to keep it looking nice.

Gold mentioned that while his house is always the place for a good time, it can often be filthy.

“It’s not something I want to show my mom,” Gold said.

While both Delta Chi and Delta Tau Delta fraternity members are in charge of cleaning their homes, Tumba said that the Delta Zeta sorority has daily visits from a cleaning lady.

Though living in her sorority house has proved to be a good time, Tumba looks forward to her move into an apartment next year.

“It’s fun living with all of these people, but I’m more mature now and I want my own independent area,” Tumba said.

While they’re a part of the same community, fraternity and sorority living areas seem to be quite opposite.

Living in an apartment can give students space of their own, but Greek homes seem to house camaraderie that cannot be found elsewhere.