There are many areas comprising the bureaucratic realm of higher education. Some new enrollees will chose to reside on campus. Living in an ‘academical village” could entail joining a fraternity or sorority.The student will undoubtedly ask himself or herself, where do I begin? An intelligent starting point would be the history of campus socialization.
According to “A Brief History of America College Fraternities and Sororities, to Better the Man Membership Manual”
“The first general fraternity we have records of was organized in 1750 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Known as the “Flat Hat Club,” the members met periodically in the upper room of the Raleigh Tavern, and over a bowl of punch, their laughter reportedly shook the house. Thomas Jefferson was a student member of this club.” The manual continues with the mentioning of a Greek scholar who formed the first Greek letter society called Phi Beta Kappa. It met in the Apollo room of the Raleigh Tavern where patriot Patrick Henry spoke. With regard to the two entities, “fraternities are all male or mixed gender; the female only equivalent is called a sorority, a word coined by Gamma Phi Beta in 1874.”
Some fraternity and sorority terminology
- Active – a member of the fraternity or sorority
- Bid – a fraternity’s official, written invitation to join their organization
- Cut – to not be invited back to the group
- Depledging – to decide to drop out of an organization after having accepted a bid
- Dry rush – no alcohol allowed at all for any functions
- Pledge – status of someone who has accepted a bid, but has not yet been initiated
There are a variety of these clubs including social, professional, cultural, honorary, service, and religious. Some examples include social, Alpha Gamma Rho; an agricultural fraternity, professional, Alpha Kappa Psi; a business fraternity, cultural, Gamma Zeta Alpha; a Latino fraternity, honorary, Tau Beta Sigma; a college band coed sorority, service, Epison Sigma Alpha; an international service sorority and religious, Delta Psi Epsilon; an African-American Christian sorority.
Basic requirements for joining a fraternity or sorority
- Complete at least one semester of college
- Good disciplinary school record
- Minimum GPA varies according to school
- Abide by school rush recruitment rules
- Outstanding leadership and loyalty
- Full-time under graduate student
- Good moral standards
In the business world student participation in college and university organizations is perceived as a valuable asset because of team building and leadership experiences.These individuals will find acceptance, future connections, life long friendships and be an integral part of the college experience.
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