Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Lit review 1

This article explains the statistics and explains the situational outcomes in which students receive jobs. This article is very useful because it displays the statistics of regular students and those involved in greek life. The article goes even further by breaking down the statistics into categories of race and gender, displaying who is more favored in which situation. Bruce Sacerdote, one author of the article is a professor in the economics department at Dartmouth. He has published various scholarly articles, most of which deal with social matters and how they relate to the economy. Two words that are  reoccurring in reference in helping the article make sense are "connection" and  "help." While these are simple words that are easily defined they serve a great purpose here. "Connection" is used in reference in those who one knows in which may serve as the link to receiving a job. "Help" is used when directly referring to the actual recipient  receiving a job based off of their connection. Some quotes that exemplify how the article is useful are, "There is a very strong connection between obtaining help from fraternity and sorority members and obtaining prestigious, high paying jobs."(No pages), "Nonwhite students are less likely than white students to use fraternity help, and much less likely to use help from relatives (1% for nonwhites versus 6% for whites)." (No pages), and "Table 2 explores the effect of fraternity help on salary and the likelihood of obtaining a high paying job." (No pages.)

Marmaros, David and Sacrerdote, Bruce. Peer and Social Networks in Job Search. Cambridge,     MA: Dartmouth. 2002. Web.

Research Post 3

Looking at privatization, and greek networking there definitely exists a correlation that could be used to drive my thesis. The way I look at it, college is becoming more expensive, making it harder for students to attend and enjoy life at college as greek life is expensive and is usually comprised of people from well off families. This is creating a division between those who are going to college to learn and can't afford too many outside expenses and those who attend for the party. Paying for the party is almost the perfect article to relate these topic as it explores the lives of well off students and mid to lower class students.

Armstrong, Elizabeth and Laura Hamilton. Paying for the Party: How College Maintains  Inequality. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2013. Print.

Research Blog 2

Following up on my topic for the final paper, I have become more focused on the central topic of my paper. I made up my mind to focus on the networking capabilities of those involved in greek organizations. This decision came from the lack of a centralized topic in which would support the thesis of the paper. By googling "greek networking" a cite comes up that allows you to enter your information to connect to other members. I also tried " greek networking advantages" & "greek networking disadvantages" to get a general idea of what people thought of the system. For advantages, it explains how being in the system gives you an initial conversation starter in which you can use to propel communication between various people. It also states that you are favored heavily over other candidates in certain situations if the decision is made by someone who is a part of your lettered organization. When searching for the disadvantages, it leads to sites that laid out the pro and cons of going greek but no specific information on the networking disadvantages. This would lead most to believe that there is no networking disadvantages when it comes to the system. I found two articles, UNCHALLENGED, PROFESSED CORE VALUES: Do undergraduate Fraternity/Sorority members actually benefit in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and friendship? and
Leadership Practices And Effectiveness Among Greek Student Leaders. that briefly touch upon the networking and leadership skills the come along with being a part of greek life. This will be useful in my essay because the are scholarly articles that agree with my claim and provide specific evidence. Something I found interesting in part of the one of the articles is the possible drawback for less social greek members. People may rely on this system too much without developing enough skills to do so without it. This could definitely be a real issue as there are those are more outgoing than others.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Final Paper

For my final paper, I would like to discuss the way in which Fraternity and Sorority networking puts certain students at an advantage over those with spectacular GPAs. I am choosing this topic because I am a part of Greek life and I have seen people who are average students receive internships and job over students with high grade point averages.