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Fraternity life

College fraternities have always struck me as being an organization of guys who spend their time

drinking beer and having their "social gatherings" (parties). Just moving to Austin recently

(which is by no doubt a "college city") has made me want to know more about the sole purpose

of these fraternities. For these reasons I chose to select this culture for my essay.

The definition of a fraternity is defined as " chiefly social organization of male college

students, usually designated by Greek letters". (Morris 1982:523) This definition is not true to all

where most fraternity members are seen as drunks who accomplish nothing scholastically or

socially . Unfortunately, the definition and portrayal of the people fails to mention the fact that

membership in a fraternity is a life-long experience that helps its members develop social,

organizational, and study skills, and also teaches true, everlasting friendship. As a matter of fact

most of our presidents were members of a Greek organization.

'The first fraternity was founded for literary and social purposes at The College of

William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia on December 5th 1776.(Klepper 1937:24)

Throughout the nineteenth century many new fraternities were founded, but none of these were

permanent. By the end of the nineteenth century there were over thirty general fraternities in the

country.

Today's fraternities still have the characteristics of past fraternities. These characteristics

include "a ritual, oaths of fidelity, a grip, a motto, a badge , friendship and comradeship

(Klepper 1937:56) . During membership one must learn leadership skills. For this reason

fraternities embrace these offices held by members: President, Vice-president, Treasurer, Scribe,

etc. Since membership is seen as a great achievement by other organizations, every brother must

be able to uphold that office at any time.

Organization is a must for every member. Fund raising activities and community service

are priority in every chapter, and each member is required to take part in these activities as an act

of pledge, and a brother. This helps a member to develop organization and planning. Living

together in what is known as a fraternity house adds to the development of social skills and being

able to live with different kinds of people in different situations. Fraternities are famous for their

social gatherings (parties) which requires all members to be socially active and also develop

social skills.

It is normal for fraternities to organize study groups during the school year and before

exams. Most fraternities keep test files and other study aids available for the benefit of their

members. A lot of members are able to receive scholarships and awards based on academic

excellence, leadership and personal achievement, this helps members build a better self-esteem.

It is common for fraternity members to stay active after graduating from college .

"It is a positive experience for the graduate member to keep in contact with new and old

members of his chapter There is no better way to keep young than to associate with young

people." (Abramson 1995) The number of alumni can range from a few dozen to several

thousand. There is a clear feeling of comradeship not only within the fraternity but between

all members of Greek organizations.

In a field study of the Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity from Florida International University, Brian

Abramson found that you can find a catologue of services which that organization provides for

the benefit of the greater community through service projects it conducts every semester. Every

fraternity has its own special public service projects. For example Tau Epsilon Phi participates in

"Bowling for Kids Sake" every spring, a tradition that began several years ago. To keep the

feeling of brotherhood every member must be trustworthy and be able to trust every one else,

which makes the bond of brotherhood even stronger.(Abramson 1995)

Unfortunately a lot of people overlook fraternities because of the ever-present rumors

about hazing. Hazing is an action taken or situation created intentionally to produce mental and

or physical discomfort, emberassment, harassment, or ridicule.(Fraternity Executive Commission

1937) "While some organizations may choose to haze and humiliate the people who try to rush

them, that is in no way an accurate portrayal of all Greeks." (Nykolaizsyn:1996:48)

He goes on to point out that "Greek life is not just about partying and drinking , it helps build

character, self-esteem, and life- friendships(Nykolaizsyn:1996:12)

College fraternities have always struck me as being an organization of guys who spend their time

drinking beer and having their "social gatherings" (parties). Just moving to Austin recently

(which is by no doubt a "college city") has made me want to know more about the sole purpose

of these fraternities. For these reasons I chose to select this culture for my essay.

The definition of a fraternity is defined as " chiefly social organization of male college

students, usually designated by Greek letters". (Morris 1982:523) This definition is not true to all

where most fraternity members are seen as drunks who accomplish nothing scholastically or

socially . Unfortunately, the definition and portrayal of the people fails to mention the fact that

membership in a fraternity is a life-long experience that helps its members develop social,

organizational, and study skills, and also teaches true, everlasting friendship. As a matter of fact

most of our presidents were members of a Greek organization.

'The first fraternity was founded for literary and social purposes at The College of

William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia on December 5th 1776.(Klepper 1937:24)

Throughout the nineteenth century many new fraternities were founded, but none of these were

permanent. By the end of the nineteenth century there were over thirty general fraternities in the

country.

Today's fraternities still have the characteristics of past fraternities. These characteristics

include "a ritual, oaths of fidelity, a grip, a motto, a badge , friendship and comradeship

(Klepper 1937:56) . During membership one must learn leadership skills. For this reason

fraternities embrace these offices held by members: President, Vice-president, Treasurer, Scribe,

etc. Since membership is seen as a great achievement by other organizations, every brother must

be able to uphold that office at any time.

Organization is a must for every member. Fund raising activities and community service

are priority in every chapter, and each member is required to take part in these activities as an act

of pledge, and a brother. This helps a member to develop organization and planning. Living

together in what is known as a fraternity house adds to the development of social skills and being

able to live with different kinds of people in different situations. Fraternities are famous for their

social gatherings (parties) which requires all members to be socially active and also develop

social skills.

It is normal for fraternities to organize study groups during the school year and before

exams. Most fraternities keep test files and other study aids available for the benefit of their

members. A lot of members are able to receive scholarships and awards based on academic

excellence, leadership and personal achievement, this helps members build a better self-esteem.

It is common for fraternity members to stay active after graduating from college .

"It is a positive experience for the graduate member to keep in contact with new and old

members of his chapter There is no better way to keep young than to associate with young

people." (Abramson 1995) The number of alumni can range from a few dozen to several

thousand. There is a clear feeling of comradeship not only within the fraternity but between

all members of Greek organizations.

In a field study of the Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity from Florida International University, Brian

Abramson found that you can find a catologue of services which that organization provides for

the benefit of the greater community through service projects it conducts every semester. Every

fraternity has its own special public service projects. For example Tau Epsilon Phi participates in

"Bowling for Kids Sake" every spring, a tradition that began several years ago. To keep the

feeling of brotherhood every member must be trustworthy and be able to trust every one else,

which makes the bond of brotherhood even stronger.(Abramson 1995)

Unfortunately a lot of people overlook fraternities because of the ever-present rumors

about hazing. Hazing is an action taken or situation created intentionally to produce mental and

or physical discomfort, emberassment, harassment, or ridicule.(Fraternity Executive Commission

1937) "While some organizations may choose to haze and humiliate the people who try to rush

them, that is in no way an accurate portrayal of all Greeks." (Nykolaizsyn:1996:48)

He goes on to point out that "Greek life is not just about partying and drinking , it helps build

character, self-esteem, and life- friendships(Nykolaizsyn:1996:12)

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