Five Suggestions To Modernize Our Handling Of Fraternity Secrets & Rituals

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Without going full crazy and suggesting that our ritual be made public then, I am listing below some ideas that our Fraternity’s leadership and chapters of our fraternity could take to heart as ways to reduce the mystery (and the resulting public anxiety/resentment) around our fraternity in a way that would help more members and the general public understand what we are about – and how beautiful it all is.

Mythic Leadership: Atlas, The Titan Who Carries The Heavens

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Relying on schemes, tricks, or technicalities is an easy way to become a victim of that same setup – even if you perceive yourself to be the unfortunate victim. Leaders can often become so consumed with that which threatens their success or their pain that they confuse opportunities as threats.

A “Higher Standard” Is A Personal Commitment. (Why Fraternities Are Leaving WVU)

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The issue is not that fraternity members wish to be regressive heathens who kill their own members. The issue is that some students are held to different standards than others, that many are aware of it, that they are pushing against those policies, and that we are responding by disparaging people as if they were simply regressive heathens determined to kill their own members.

4 Questions For The North American Inter-Fraternity Conference (NIC)

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The NIC is our compass and our captain (their words). Unfortunately, the crew (the students) may never come to learn how to operate the ship, let alone where it is going until it has already gotten there. It is impossible to speak on behalf of people to which you refuse to listen.

Exercise: Reforming A Typical Fraternity/Sorority “Standards of Excellence” Checklist

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In all honesty, I’d rather they scrap all of this (and any “Fraternity/Sorority of the Year” award), require that a chapter abide by all university policies for all student organizations, and then advise each chapter in submitting whatever packet they need to submit to their national/international organization. 

Completing 2 packets in a year is silly, and one of the BEST FRATERNITY/SORORITY ADVISERS I KNOW uses/used the above method. Have a great weekend!

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