Penn State announced that it would soon be housing The Center for Fraternity and Sorority Research – currently located at Indiana University at Bloomington since 1979. The news may capture our attention for its link to Timothy J Piazza, for … Continued
National consultants visiting chapters every year would have been a foreign concept to our respective founding members. The earliest fraternity “staff” were national secretaries whose primary responsibility was to maintain records. They would work with local volunteers to determine if … Continued
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
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.
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.