Breaking Down My Fraternity’s Preamble (Beyond Memorization) | YITBOS

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New members of Delta Sigma Phi memorize the Preamble to the Constitution prior to their initiation. Many forget it shortly thereafter, and few are required to or ever take time to analyze its meaning, which is strange; It explains the … Continued

When Will Fraternities Phase Out Their Consultants?

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Like all things fraternity, the concept of national consultants visiting chapters every year would have been a foreign concept to our respective founding members. The earliest fraternity “staff” were often national secretaries whose primary responsibility was to maintain records and … Continued

3 Things I Learned About Progress From The Less Glorious Elements Of My Fraternity’s Past.

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Today is my Fraternity’s “Founders’ Day,” and so I and many others have enjoyed watching friends and unknown brothers from across the world share what Delta Sigma Phi means to them. Like all fraternities, our national organization is also hard … Continued

Fraternities Win When Students Win: 5 Reasons Why We Should Emphatically Support Local Fraternities & Sororities

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Economists and politicians alike often suggest that small businesses are “the engine of the American economy.” They are not wrong.  Small businesses and entrepreneurship drive economic growth. Businesses with fewer than 500 employees make up more than 99% of all … Continued

How To Create A Powerful Vision & Brand Using A Message Map In 5 Steps

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The “message map” gave me a simple way to communicate that pitch to those collaborating with me. Humans are visual creatures, and being able to see something mapped out will speak to someone better than a long-winded explanation or page full of words. The key point of a message map is that it can visually or verbally get your point across within 15-30 seconds.

Zero-Tolerance Prohibition Makes Hazing Deadlier. Here’s Why. . .

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Broad, unrefined prohibition is an unworkable answer considered respectable only among those who fetishize authority and power – people who have no place in leading a values-driven fraternity experience.

Dog and Pony Show Laws like Pennsylvania’s, which merely bundle already illegal things together with a different context and title, will do nothing to stop deaths due to hazing. They may actually make it worse.

Five Suggestions To Reduce The Anxiety & Resentment Around 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.

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