frat house

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Slang for "fraternity house." Fraternity (and sorority) houses are part of the Greek system, or Greek letter organization, found at some universities and colleges, a system that purportedly encourages community service but that is more generally understood as an exclusive social system. Often, membership is available only to those have the financial resources and social and physical attributes typically associated with an insular, white, upper middle class, although fraternity and sorority houses exist that do promote community service and social values that transcend the stereotype of racist privilege.

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"The Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity at Washington & Jefferson College circa 1872" by an unknown photographer is licensed under Public Domain.

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