Hazing, Suicide, Zero-Tolerance, Afghanistan & Bankruptcy – How Governing Organizations Fall Apart

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More than half of the chapters closed during my time working at my fraternity headquarters did so due to some combination of low membership and excessive debt. Many of the rest closed due to risk concerns. The same issues will … Continued

Educators Are As Effective As Their Ability To Learn

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  Can education exist without communication? Whether through spoken language or body language, we have evolved to learn by observing and tweaking, and that natural process seems almost entirely absent from the programming provided by fraternities and sororities, and education … Continued

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

What Gets Measured Gets Managed: Those Years I Managed Teen Lifeguards

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It was my third or fourth day as a lifeguard, my tan was hitting its stride, and I came to the final stop in my rotation around the pool before I could take a break out of the sun. I … Continued

Student Leaders Can & Should Claim A Starring Role At The NIC

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Not long ago, the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) launched NIC 2.0, a “restart” which altered the organization’s mission and structure. The changes gave the NIC greater reach/influence and a larger budget, but little has been done to give students more … Continued

Cal Poly Suspends Historically White Fraternities & Sororities – A Unique, New Precedent For Community Suspensions.

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Roughly a dozen mostly public, land-grant institutions suspended some or all of their fraternity/sorority community over the past year due to incidents regarding hazing, sexual misconduct, and risky parties. Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo joins that list, but under … Continued

Fraternities & Gangs Have Plenty In Common – Regarding The Atlantic’s Article & The NIC’s Response

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I remember watching a television series detailing the rise and fall (or sustainability) of gangs throughout America. After learning more about gangs I came to a realization: “Gangs are fraternities.” A recent article in the Atlantic made a similar point, … Continued

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