Fraternities are in love with huge events. They think that inviting everyone and their brother to a huge event is the way to build a strong fraternity. There is a better way!

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Fraternity alumni bring a lot to the table. They are battle-hardened from their days in the fraternity. They have the benefit of perspective to see how the fraternity set them up for future success. And, of course, they remember the friendships that were forged in fraternal brotherhood.

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Most fraternities want to have mixers with sororities. There are obvious benefits to this relationship. However, most fraternities really struggle to develop these relationships, and because of that they are never formed.

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Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest. Every year, craziness ensues in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. It is a fantastic time filled with drinking and debauchery. A fraternity would be foolish not to tap into this fantastic theme that has become the stuff that legends are made of.

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College life is more than just books and exams. It is about enjoying the moment and living life to its fullest. Follow these seven rules to make your party a success.

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A fraternity formal should be the highlight of the year. It combines all the ingredients for a perfect event, and brothers look forward to it all year. My fraternity was no different, and I somehow found myself as the formal chair my final semester.

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Contrary to popular belief, the social chair is the second most important position in a fraternity. Don’t ever forget that a fraternity is a social organization. It would only make sense that the person responsible for the social events would be vitally important.

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A party will be a good time if a lot of people show up. It doesn’t really matter how lousy the planning for an event was or how terrible the idea was if you end up getting a good crowd. This is because people will have a good time with a good turnout. That remains the singe most important key to parties.

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Every fraternity has a rival fraternity or chapter. It might be the house across the street, or it might be another chapter of your fraternity at a different university. Regardless, taking advantage of this situation can create a great event for both fraternities.

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Just like the Mardi Gras theme, some ideas are just too easy. The fraternity beach party idea falls into that category. While some fraternities may feel the idea it too played out and is cliché – they are wrong. There is a reason why beach parties are so popular with fraternities – they are awesome.

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So your fraternity did something stupid and got caught. Now your fraternity is on social probation – most likely for one semester. What do you do now?

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Every fraternity should have a Christmas party. Having a Christmas party is the perfect type of closed event that will bring the brotherhood together.

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Every fraternity should have a parent’s weekend during the fall. The event should coincide with a football game. The event has the potential to be a great time, but the fraternity needs to watch out for a few issues.

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