My informant, CS told me about her experience as a “big sis” to her guy-friend Josh’s little in a fraternity on USC’s campus. Within USC’s Greek system, members of fraternities get a “big bro” as well as a “big sis.” The big bro usually picks one of his good girl-friends to be his little’s “big sis.” Big sisses are revealed on one night during the semester. From my understanding, it is typical for big sisses to get their little bro very drunk and dress him up in a humiliating costume for part of the night.
CS detailed her experience as a big sis.
It was just me and KK [her friend]. So we walked over to the house together. So I get him there. And I’m really bad at the “drink, drink, drink” stuff. I got there just in time to put him in a room. And then Josh’s lights were off. And then we took off the blindfold and I had candy and cupcakes or something.
We didn’t have any hard alcohol. We just had beer. So we taped two beers to him. But then they were cold, so we put two towels around the beer before we taped them to his hands. It was sad and weird!
The next year when Jacob, my little, got a little, he also got this very sweet guy. And his big sis, Meghan, ended up doing the exact same thing.
CS’s reaction to her big sis experience reveals the expectations of such an experience. CS’s story suggests that a big sis should force her little bro drink heavily. Yet CS did not make her little bro drink heavily. Instead she gave him some beer and made sure he was comfortable while drinking it.
CS and Meghan’s experience suggests that big sis and little bro nights do not meet the expectations of most college students within Greek life at USC.