Hazing Is More Deadly When It’s Prohibited

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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.

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.

There Is No Wrong Way To Eat A KitKat

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Our laser focus on getting the checklist of leadership just right, zero tolerance, prevents chapters from focusing on things which would allow their members to stand out to find people who would like a family away from home, but are uninterested in vying for trophies and P.R. stunts.

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!

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.