How are we enabling our students to be model citizens, to affect their city, state or nation, or to be stewards of what is right in society?
We “encourage” them. We “educate” them. We “support” them.
And yet our very organizations and school systems have succumbed to the issues plaguing our society on a political level. Money is being spent here and there for things deemed necessary, but “necessity” is just a promise from someone with a title.
Our very organizations don’t utilize what they have to make a difference; most have partnered with other nonprofits (philanthropies) because our actions as fraternities and sororities are, on their own, deemed irrelevant by the public.
Students don’t take control of their “self-governing” organizations despite supposed encouragement from their advisors. They cede more and more responsibility to national organizations, inter-organization conferences or campus administrations.
We may teach 50%, 75% or 100% of our students the qualities of leadership and other immeasurable PR maneuvers, but when was the last time an organization used its very structure to inform students of the system they’ll be working within as citizens?
There is a dramatic and obvious mismatch of what we preach and teach vs. what we allow. We want students to call, complain to and outright badger their senators, but not their national board members or headquarters staff.
It’s time for someone, somewhere to acknowledge that the power rests in those who pay the piper, and the perfect experiment to teach a young man or woman the responsibilities of citizenship is within their fraternity or sorority.
Fraternityman.com is a philosophical approach to fraternity and sorority not currently being taught, because it diminishes the importance of elected and appointed leaders within a national/international organization or college/university.
It is a website demanding an end to bureaucratic lip service, buzzword-filled donor requests, irrelevant education, and an end to the idols and career-building actions of a fraternity & sorority “community.”
It’s a response to a failed “values movement,” one which pitted students against their professionally hired alumni, one that led to the rise of TFM, and one that has sewed mistrust between students and their governing bodies.
Read FraternityMan if you’re interested in actually making a difference.
Whine publicly at it if you think everything is fine and dandy and that we are on a path to relevance.
Ignore it if you don’t care.