Fraternity brothers will drink. Sometimes, they will drink too much. Sometimes, they will drink way too much. Knowing what to do in those situations is important if you are committed to your vow of being your brother’s keeper. Below is a story from my fraternity that involves a serious alcohol scare.
If you are in a fraternity, and don’t take advantage of attending your fraternity’s leadership conference, you are very foolish. These are some of the very best times that could be had by a brother. The experiences shared and people met could have a profound impact on your fraternity.
Fraternity nicknames are important. Each fraternity has a few brothers who embrace their nickname to the point where they prefer it to their given name. It is great when this happens. It is great because if the brother loves their nickname that much, then they probably love the fraternity even more. So how do you come up with a good nickname?
Being initiated into a fraternity means you will be taught the secrets and rituals of your organization. Some of these secrets are minor, but others go to the core of the fraternity. Keeping these secrets are vital for the health of your fraternity.
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?