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!

How You Can Help End Deaths Due To Hazing

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The scariest element of dangerous hazing activities is that many accelerate from innocuous to dangerous over a period of a few years.

Here are some thoughts for chapter officers, chapter advisers, and general members to nudge their chapters away from dangerous hazing trends.

3 Ways The NIC & Piazza Family Can Improve Their Coalition To Prevent Dangerous Hazing

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The coalition is great in its concept, but it relies too heavily on others to act for anything to change. We can change how we are insured, we can change how we report statistics, and we can influence what qualifies for “standards” and why generic, catch-all checklists impede the progress of the fraternity experience.

I Love My People – I Wear My Letters | #MyFraternity

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The friendships I built due in part to the activities of our national organization are what I cherish most, and so on this day when we are asked to tweet “#myFraternity” I will say that My Fraternity – the friendships – will survive well beyond the 501(c)(7) organization of the same name.

Fraternities Reach Breaking Points: Recent News Makes It More Visible

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Several fraternities at West Virginia University have severed ties with the university due to rules applied only to Greek-letter organizations. The President, Gordon Gee, sent a statement to parents advising that they steer their adult children away from rogue organizations. This is not an unusual event, and you will see more of it in the coming years. 

Create More Little Local Rituals

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I was at The Ohio State University working to re-establish a chapter of my fraternity in the spring of 2012. It was an interesting recruitment campaign as it was one of the rare instances where our entire team of five worked together to set up one chapter.

In our 2nd or 3rd week of the campaign, Woody Woodcock from Phired Up visited to offer coaching support to our team. Our recruiters were trained in part by Woody and his colleagues, and we had built a fraternal bond with one another over the course of our fall term – Phired Up staff would visit twice during each of our expansion campaigns.

Woody noticed some disorganization and distractions among the members of our team, so one evening he asked us to meet in one of our temporary apartments. We entered into a dark room, the only light coming from candles set on a table in the shape of our letters. The six of us stood around the table while Woody spoke. Some of what he said was written on a piece of paper, some of it may have been improvised, but the purpose of it was to reconnect us to why we were setting up a new chapter and the bond we all shared as fraternity men.

My Fraternity Was Racist; Yours Probably Was Too. Students Need Us To Accept That & Move Forward.

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I enjoy digging through fraternity and sorority archives to learn more about our past, and I can no longer accept how readily we ignore the shame we feel beneath the glowing reviews of our histories. As I mentioned in my … Continued

What Our Founders Might Say – Take Greater Pride In The Existing Value of Fraternities; Ditch The Checklists

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What would your founders think of the way your fraternity or sorority operates today? We ask that to students, and I’d like more students to ask it of advisers and fraternity/sorority professionals. Here’s why: Beyond the tens and thousands of … Continued

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