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Debunking Greek Life Stereotypes

Greek LifeIt is often said about Greek Life that “from the outside looking in, you could never understand it, and from the inside looking out, we could never explain it.”

Well, here is my effort to explain and counter-argue some of the stereotypes plaguing fraternity and sororities across the nation.

Stereotype: Joining a Greek organization inhibits academic performance

Most fraternities and sororities consistently stay above the average grade point average of their college’s students. Also, at most campuses, notable public speakers are invited to discuss the importance of academic excellence, effective study habits and essentials to achieving scholastic success. Additionally, retreats are often offered for all undergraduate members along with numerous leadership conferences and conventions. Each chapter is also required to have a scholarship and new member education chairperson responsible for ensuring academic success, like study hour logging programs, academic accountability partners, and scholarship programs to aid in academic performance. Read the rest of this entry »

Chi Omega, America’s Largest Sorority, Holds 58th Biennial Convention in Orlando

Chi Omega Convention 2010It is widely known that Chi Omega is the largest sorority in America, as people regularly comment that one out of every five Greek women are a member of the sorority represented by owls, carnation red and straw.

Founded in 1895 at the University of Arkansas there are six purposes of the sorority: friendship, high standards of personnel, sincere learning and credible scholarship, participation in campus activities, career and personal development and community service.

This past weekend the ladies of Chi Omega came together for Chi Omega’s 58th Biennial Convention at the JW Marriot Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Those in attendance from each collegiate chapter were the president, treasurer, personnel advisor, financial advisor, and the housing advisor, as well as alumnae members and their guests.

Alumnae, advisors and collegians attended academic, philanthropic and leadership workshops, group meals, meetings and events that cultivated friendships. There were also awards banquets and receptions to honor those who made exceptional contributions to Chi Omega’s national philanthropy, the Make a Wish Foundation. Additionally, attendees also had the opportunity to partake in the Owl Trot, a run/walk to benefit the Chi Omega Foundation’s Owl Tree.

Those in attendance said the convention was wonderful and proved to further strengthen Chi Omega’s commitment to personal integrity, excellence in academic and intellectual pursuits, inter-generational participation, community service, leadership opportunities and social enrichment.

Fraternity and Sorority Paddles

Image via Greek Gear

Image via Greek Gear

As the Director of Greek Relations for, I often receive questions requesting clarification about Greek life traditions.

One of the most popular traditions within the Greek community is the fraternity and sorority paddle.

Normally created during the pledge period, a member of the Greek organization will make a paddle for a superior member, most commonly, their big brother or sister in the organization. Oftentimes the entire pledge class will create a paddle for the pledge master or the organization as a whole.

Paddles come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, traditional or unique, but almost always are made of wood. Creative and inventive members will even carve the wooden paddles themselves. My paddles were purchased from the University of Central Florida’s bookstore and from an online boutique.

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Greek Life: Fact or Fiction?

Greeks Don't Always Fit the Sterotype

Greeks Don't Always Fit the Sterotype

There are many myths about fraternities and sororities: All frat boys are jocks who drink too much. Sorority girls are spoiled little princesses who don’t know how to work.

These are not true! It’s not fair to stereotype such a large group of people.

The Greek system has millions of members across the country. So, for your viewing pleasure, here are some of the most common myths and legends about Greek life.

Myth: Going Greek will lower my GPA.

Fact: Actually, that’s not necessarily true. Sure, Greeks do have a lot of social activities, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to study and your grades will fall. In fact, at many schools, Greek students have higher GPAs on average than non-Greek students.

Myth: You have to drink to be Greek.

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Top Frats for Producing Future CEOs

If you have your eyes set on becoming the next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you might want to investigate joining a fraternity house. According to Forbes, one-quarter of all CEOs on the Forbes Super 500 list of America’s largest corporations were members of college fraternities.

charles schwab

Charles R. Schwab

So before considering joining a fraternity solely for its parties, take a look at ten of the top frat houses that produce some of the countries most successful CEOs.

Beta Chi

Charles R. Schwab, founder, chairman and CEO of Charles Schwab Corporation Retail Stock Brokerage

Gamma Upsilon

Don Tyson, chairman of Tyson Foods

Delta Upsilon

Doug Lebda, founder and CEO of
John Thain, current CEO Merrill Lynch & Co., former president and COO of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., and former CEO of NYSE
Chase Carey, president and CEO of DirectTV Read the rest of this entry »

Biggest Party Frat Houses

frat brothersWe have done our best to identify the fraternity houses best-known for their parties. We found three campuses that are home to three frats who know how to make a Saturday night memorable.

Beta Theta Pi and Alpha Tau Omega at DePauw University:  This small liberal arts college in Greencastle, Indiana sports one of the most active Greek communities in all colleges and universities across the country. With more than 70 percent of all students enrolled in a fraternity or sorority, it’s no wonder that DePauw ranks high when it comes to having quite the colorful frat parties. At the top of the list are Beta Theta Pi (Beta) and Alpha Tau Omega (ATO). To say these frat house weekend parties are popular amongst DU students is a gross understatement. Read the rest of this entry »

Famous Fraternity Members

chuck norrisSome of the most well-known men from acting, music, politics and business walked the hollowed halls of campus fraternity houses. For some college men, it’s an ideal setting to be groomed and prepare for life on the other side of school, to create a network of contacts, create lifelong friendships, and find opportunities for career.

Here are several famous fraternity members and their houses.

Alpha Delta Gamma

  • Babe Ruth – Athlete
  • George Brett – Athlete
  • Chuck Norris – Actor

Alpha Delta Phi

Famous Sorority Sisters

Each fall sororities across the nation usher in a new class of sisters, thus furthering their rich traditions. Sororities offer young college women more than a social outlet, but academic support, networking, leadership and more.trista and ryan wedding

Here we’ve listed some of the famous or celebrity members of many popular sororities, women who started just as any other sister and rose to become great authors, singers, politicians, authors or artists.

Alpha Chi Omega

  • Condoleeza Rice – Former Secretary of State
  • Trista Rehn – Bachelorette

Alpha Delta Pi

Best Fraternity Movies of All Time

john belushi collegeIf we have anyone to blame for the stereotypical boozing, girl-chasing, trouble-bound picture we have of college fraternities, it’s Hollywood. Some of the funniest movies anyone can name have to do with college fraternities and life on campus. In most cases they almost paint a characture of what our own experiences were like on campus.

If you want to get in a college state of mind, or just want to kill two hours with some side-splitting comedy, definitely hit up your movie rental for some of these.

Animal House. Quite arguably making a tie for a number one position, Animal House is a fraternity classic. This 1978 hit starring John Belushi, Kevin Bacon, Tim Matheson and John Verney is a release from anything related to intellect or manners. It’s also hilarious. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Rushing a Fraternity

Sure, these guys have their fair share of fun, but it’s the reward after much hard work in the classroom and through philanthropic efforts. While there are many organizations worthy of your time and energy during college, some might argue that one of the most worthwhile could be your participation in a fraternity.frat brothers

Whether you’re new to the Greek System or joining as a legacy, you won’t want to take your decision to rush, or pledge for that matter, lightly. This guide provides tips for getting through rush from fraternity alumni, and can help you to determine if a house is a good fit and even how to scrutinize the houses as deeply as they are you. Read the rest of this entry »


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