hipcatdaddio wrote:Kind of amazing as to what some people believe passes as frat.
If your college makes you have on-campuses "houses" that are essentially glorified dorms = Not frat.
If your college doesn't tailgate/have big-time athletics = Not frat.
If your college isn't close enough to get to a beach and/or the mountains for your fall/spring weekend retreats = not frat.
If your college doesn't have a horse derby within driving distance = not frat.
If there isn't some underlying, persistent conflict between the greek student body and the GDI student body = not frat.
If your college administration ultimately sides with the GDIs in said conflict = not frat.
Basically, UGA, UF, FSU, Bama, Ole Miss = FaF.
ETA: I love my Alma Mater, but UNC isn't frat.
That's a pretty shallow definition of what it means to be frat... I'd say there are 3 main types: bros at southern and state schools, country club/preppy kids in the northeast, and liberal arts frats that exist as a counterculture to hipsters/nerds/social justice warrior types. There's some overlap, sure, but classifications can be made.
For me, being generally fratty is having an attitude that you're fighting against BS to have a good time with your friends. Doesn't matter if you're (consentually and respectfully) slamming biddies at a mountain weekend, doing weird candlelight rituals your wealthy grandfathers made up in 1940 on opium, or having a party in the cornfields with a keg because there's nothing else going on in a 20 mile radius. It's all in the same spirit.