How the Greeks Killed Democracy - Opinion - Daily Campus - Southern Methodist University: "America prides itself in being one of the oldest democracies in the world-- by the people and for the people. But modern politics has deviated from Aristotle’s original mean. The leaders of our country are not the common man.
Oil tycoons, business heirs, and stock investors dictate the political culture and public policy of our nation. The New York Times found nearly half of Congressmen are millionaires, with a median net worth of $913,000. Congress is made of an established and rising aristocracy.
SMU proves no different.
For the past two years, a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon has controlled Student Senate. As current President Austin Prentice steps down from his post next year, unopposed candidate Alex Mace plans replace him. Mace is a member of SigEp too.
Sig Ep is just one of the many Interfraternity Council chapters on campus. The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life reports active IFC member costs can range from $1200 to $2450 per semester. In short, Greek students have some money.
Forty-one percent of the student population at SMU is in a fraternity or sorority. Sixty percent of the candidates running for Student Senate are Greek. While the numbers may not be identical, they match an overwhelming theme of Greek rule.
Greek order has killed democracy at SMU. The ruling order is an aristocracy branded by arrows, keys, dragons and crescent moons. Tight race or not, it is a safe bet to assume Greeks will dominate the Student Senate executive board."
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