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Title:Student Motivation Behind Joining the Greek System
Author(s):Moomey,Kyle; Tripicchio, Emily
Subject(s):Greek system, community, students, motivation, university
Abstract:The University of Illinois has one of the largest Greek systems in the world. Many people believe that students only join a Greek organization to binge drink and party. While it is undeniable that alcohol has a role in today’s Greek culture, we believe a sense of belonging is a more durable motivator than the drinking. Our research attempts to discover the true motivations of students joining the Greek system at the University of Illinois. We identify commonalities and argue that there is more to the decision to participate in Greek culture than alcohol.
Issue Date:2011-08
Course / Semester:RHET233 Writing a Life
Professor Lauren Marshall Bowen
Life writing encompasses many genres (diary, memoir, biography, chronicle, confessional poetry) and media (print, web text, video). This class will explore life story research: a qualitative method of inquiry that involves gathering narratives about life experience in order to expand knowledge of a particular social or cultural subject. As an advanced composition course, Rhet 233 includes advanced writing and research activities, such as anticipating audience, exploring stylistic choices, synthesizing and responding to material from multiple sources, planning and shaping a draft, receiving and incorporating feedback, revising, and editing.
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-08-04

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  • Student Communities and Culture
    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.

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