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!

Addressing Hazing Isn’t Scary: How YOU Can Prevent A Tragic Accident.

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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.

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

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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