As the student population continues to grow, Cameron University's fraternities and sororities are seeking to take charge of the campus' ever-evolving Greek life.
Student Activities Specialist Steve Sassaman, who serves as the Greek life advisor, said the smaller population at Cameron makes for a unique experience and the organizations keep busy. Currently, there are 10 organizations that are either currently established chapters or potentially earning their charters.
"The organizations here are really committed to the original intended purpose of Greek life, which is benefiting society as a whole," he said. "They are active in the community, do community service and philanthropic work and host activities to enhance the campus community."
One thing that Sassaman notes is being a member of a Greek organization makes a person legally responsible for harmful accidents, which makes it worse for active members to be involved in high-risk activities. In turn, there are more important things for Greek members to be involved in.
"Scholastics is a top priority here," Sassaman said. "Research has shown that the more involved you are in your collegiate experience, the more successful you are going academically. Our goal is to make sure the students persist to graduation, get that degree and become productive members of society."