I have a backlog of questions right now that I need to answer. To make sure I am as timely as possible I decided to combine a bunch in this post.
These questions were submitted by our readers. If you have a question you want me to answer go here to submit it: Fraternity Advice.
Question: What are the biggest differences with fraternities in the north and the south?
Answer: Fraternities in the north are very good. They excel at academics, athletics, social programs and philanthropy. Fraternities in the south do all those things as well, and they do them much better.
Question: I am the fundraising chair for my fraternity. We have around 27 guys in the house. We are looking for fundraising ideas that are fun to do and not just selling things. Do you have any ideas?
Answer: I have written about this topic extensively. I suggest you start here – Fraternity Fundraising. Also, you can check out all my fraternity fundraising articles here – Fraternity Fundraising Category. Finally, don’t forget that there is a chapter in my book The Fraternity Leader titled How to Raise $40,000 for your fraternity. I give detailed examples on how to run 20 different fundraisers to accomplish this goal.
Question: How to go about becoming a member of a fraternity that is not at my school?
Answer: I assume your question is really about re-starting the fraternity at your school. To do so, the first step is sending their National HQ an email and let them know you are interested in starting a new colony. They will be excited to hear from you. To learn more – check out my article on How to Start a Fraternity.
Question: Can one be in a Fraternity and a varsity team?
Question: What are some good fratty shorts and shirts that are acceptable that don’t carry the pricetag of Polo, Patagonia, Lacoste, etc.?
Answer: I think you are on the wrong website. I am a mid-30s guy with two kids in diapers. The last thing I know about is current fashion (ask my wife). If anyone can help this guy out – please leave a comment below.
Question: Is it possible to join a fraternity with a felony?
Answer: I guess. Of course, I am very curious as to what you did. Let’s be honest, no one is going to ever check out your criminal record. So if you keep it to yourself, then you will never have any issues. However, that being said, I hope you get your shit together. There is a hard way and an easy way to go through life. Making big rocks into small ones is the hard way.
Question: Why does every fraternity symbol are written in Greek?
Back in the day – Latin Societies were popular. Because men wanted to establish more ‘distinguished’ organizations, they developed fraternities represented by Greek Letters.
Question: How do you get a members membership revoked?
Answer: Every fraternity is different, but your national HQ is most likely the only one who can kick a brother out. That being said, your local constitution should have provisions for RECOMMENDING expelling members clearly spelled out.
Question: What are good items or creative ways to have with your rush while tabling?
Answer: The very best thing you can have with you at a rush table is a pen and pencil and a good attitude. Your goal is to collect names. Nothing more and nothing less. You do that by being friendly, being approachable and being social. Remember, your goal isn’t to land a new member at the table. Your goal is to get a lead. Spend your time gathering information. You will follow up with the guys later. That is a key to a successful fraternity recruitment.
Question: I am rushing/pledging a fraternity at my current university, I would like to transfer schools in the near future. Is that possible?
Answer: When you join a fraternity – you make an oath for life. You aren’t joining the chapter at your school – you are joining a national brotherhood. If your new school has a chapter of your fraternity, you will be welcomed with open arms. If it doesn’t, you can start one or you will be a brother without a chapter at your school. Either way though, once you are initiated, you are always a brother.
If you have a question you want me to answer go here to submit it: Fraternity Advice.