Fraternity constitutions are often too long and too detailed to do anyone any good. They attempt to map every step of fraternity life in one document that should stand the test of time. While that is a noble goal, it isn’t practical for a fraternity. A fraternity needs a set of simple rules that should guide how all decisions are made. That’s it.
Some fraternities have the tradition of lavaliering a girl into the chapter. This is an unofficial ceremony that essential grants the girl honorary membership rights into the fraternity. Each brother is normally allowed to lavaliere only one girl. Typically, the most important benefit to the lavaliere is that the girl gets to wear the fraternity block letters. This is a symbolic gesture, but very important to a lot of fraternities.
College life is evolving at a very fast rate. Facebook, Twitter and MySpace have changed the way college students interact. This can get fraternities who do the wrong thing in trouble if they are not careful.
It is popular for fraternities to steal stuff from other fraternities. By steal stuff – I mean take fraternity memorabilia from another chapter. Most of the time, the fraternity that steals the stuff does not have the intention of taking and keeping the stuff forever. They are simply borrowing it for a while in the spirit of a good rivalry.
You know the basic roadmap – you rush for a few weeks, then pledge for several weeks, then are initiated into the brotherhood. What happens though when you realize that you no longer want to be a part of the fraternity?
Fraternity’s do a terrible job in regards to public relations. The negative stories about fraternities outnumber the positive stories by about 100 to 1. However, you can choose to be part of the solution.