Sunday, October 9, 2005


Disclaimer: an aberration from my normal blog style. i'm trying something new. don't get mad.

I read this statistic online today from a CCCI staff member's website. She's using it to convince people to support her work in Greek ministry on universities. Check it out: "Greek Alumni make up 42% of US Senate, 40% of all Supreme Court Justices and 30% of Fortune 500 executives."

Somehow, I don't think that's a very compelling statistic.

Let's just say to be a member of the US Senate or sit on the Supreme Court you must have, at minimum, a college degree. And what the heck, let's just say that the majority of Fortune 500 execs have college degrees too. The way I see it then, anywhere from 60% to 70% of really important people aren't Greek. So you have a better chance of getting a job if you aren't Greek than if you are!

oh well. i suppose frat boys need jesus too.


Amanda Lomonaco said...

See you are good with numbers!!! Your new job is perfect for you! Good post.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness. Karin, in order to know whether your odds are better or worse, you have to know what percentage of students are Greek. For instance, suppose that only 2 in 10 college students are Greek, but 40% of the Senate is Greek. That means that a Greek student is 2.67 times more likely to become a Senator. (2*x + 8*y = 10); x=2, y=.75; 2/.75 = 2.67;

Since you don't (I think) know that there are an equal number of Greek and non-Greek students, you can't assume that a lower-than-50% representation in the Senate means that Greeks are at a disadvantage.

However, the idea of picking a target group to minister to based on influence is a good one. In that case, we should minister to lawyers. In 2003, there were 59 lawyers in the Senate. (I'm pretty sure that well less than half of all college grads are lawyers.)


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Jen R said...

as a former greek, all i can say is that you do get to meet lots of people which could be good in the networking aspect when you need a job. however, i believe the negatives outweighed the positives, which is why i left.
they definately need Jesus, though.