Here's my take, if you care....
The original intent of frats was a great thing, the problem is, they've sunken into a bit of disarray. I went to WSU and the university was finding something wrong with a house or two every year and banning the membership, then, after a year off, they restarted them with new membership. I'm not sure if that really helps anything, but even the guys on here in frats have to admit that most don't do anything to improve the general public's view. I'm well aware of the community involvement of fraternal/sorority groups and as an GDI, I can appreciate that, however I do find that the term 'Meathead' can be more often applied to a Frat guy than an independent. For all you youngsters, go to college, check out the houses, if you find a house that fits you, great, but don't just join a house because its the cool house or whatever, fraternities are their as guides for your college years, not to create a new personality. Personaly, I have a lot of friends in houses, and a lot of friends out...it comes down to the person.