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

If I Were Running For My Fraternity’s Board, This Would Be My Platform | YITBOS

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I will not be running for my fraternity’s governing board in 2019 as I had done in 2017 (read more here). It was fun, but the fun part was more or less trying to introduce some sense of campaigning into … Continued

How About No One Gets A Trophy? Let’s Kill “Greek Awards”

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While President of my chapter at Stetson University I was called in to a meeting to help determine the winners of the annual awards doled out by our Student Affairs professionals. Stetson staff from a variety of offices, perhaps even … 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 Discomforting Parts Of My Fraternity History.

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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

Why We Should Emphatically Support Local Fraternities & Sororities, The Small Businesses of Greek Life

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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

Fraternity Leaders & Professionals Unwittingly Teach Students To Cover Their Tracks Rather Than Own Failure

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Our students and alumni learn to cover their tracks and call it leadership by watching us – the leaders of the fraternity/sorority world. They see how we act and act in the same way and we lecture them for it.

How A Fraternity All About Pizza Can Change The World: The Message Map

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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 (& Everything) Deadlier.

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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 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.

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