Greek fraternities and sororities have always had their place at large universities across the country, but many small, private colleges and universities have a rich history of Greek life, including Western New England University. While more prominent and pertinent in the early part of the 20th century, Greek Life had its heyday at Western New England during the 1930s through the 1970s.
Fraternities and sororities began as a vital thread in the social network for Western New England University when it was a commuter night school in the 1930s. The groups, however, became controversial by the 1970s, not only at Western New England University but nation wide, and were often criticized, and infrequently supported. The last social Greek organizations disbanded in 1995, leaving only academic Greek organizations, such as Alpha Lamba Delta, the University’s still active honor society.
Tracking social change through attitudes toward Greek organizations provides an interesting glimpse into how larger social issues affected students on the Western New England campus throughout the 20th century. Take a journey through the decades, and discover how students at Western New England University participated in, fought against, and rallied for, Greek Life on campus.