Have you been walking by the tree and noticed people wearing jackets that look like decked out wind breakers? You know they’re super colorful and have Greek letters and numbers on them.
These are line jackets. They are a symbol of identity, pride, and most of all organization membership.
Historically black, and culturally based sororities and fraternities wear these jackets to represent their organization and let people know who they are as individuals.
Line jackets are worn all across the country, but there’s no where better than Indina because we all know how Indiana can go from 75 and sunny to 40 and freezing. So if your walking across campus from Lynn to Mackey you’ll want something to keep you nice an toasty. This is wear line jackets come in. They are a great way to stay warm and rep you org.
Line jackets differ from org to org, region to region, and men to women. Each org/chapter has different information they chose to put on their jackets. This is an example of what a chapter may choose to put on their members jackets .
Organization letters and colors, chapter, line number, and line name are all on a jacket no matter what. Anything else is optional. These terms may differ according to the organization one is affiliated with but are usually similar.
Now lets be clear, these jackets aren’t for everyone. They are for members only. The exclusivity makes them even sweeter. So next time you see one of these all exclusive jackets you’ll know how important they truly are. Know that anyone in a jacket like this has such a great amount of pride that no one could tear them down.
When people hear Greek life they think keggers and bad grades. To be honest though, they couldn’t be an farther from wrong.
Here’s a few of my favorite FUN and INTERESTING facts to prove Greek life is a great way to go. These facts prove that if you work as hard as you play nothing is impossible.
1. All of the Apollo 11 astronauts were part of Greek Life.
- This includes Purdue’s very own Neil Armstrong. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta. Buzz Aldrin was a member of Tau Beta Pi.
2. The First U.S. female astronaut was Greek.
- Ms. Sally Ride was a member of Delta Zeta.
3. It is estimated that over $7 million is raised annually by Greek organizations.
- Philanthropy is a major part of Greek life. Fraternities and Sororities pride themselves on the amount of service they do, and money they raise.
- For more info on the amount Purdue University raise in Spring 2015 visit this page
4. Two of the NPHC (historically black fraternities and sororities) we founded at PWI’s (predominantly white institutions).
- This was a huge accomplishment for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.
- Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. is the ONLY NPHC sorority not to be founded at Howard University.
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Greeks are all the same right? They all fall under the same council, have the same rules, follow the same traditions. WRONG.
On Purdue’s campus there are 4 separate Greek councils. This differs from school to school, however most schools with a large Greek population are comprised of all 4 councils.
These councils are:
- Interfraternity Council (IFC)
- Panhellenic Association (PHA)
- National-Panhellenic Council (NPHC)
- Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)
Purdue’s West Lafayette campus has been host to fraternities and sororities since 1875. Today, Purdue has one of the nation’s largest Communities for Sororities and Fraternities. It is made up of over 80 organizations. These 80 organizations are made up of over 5,000 students which is about 20% of Purdue’s undergraduate students.
The Interfraternity Council at Purdue is home to 42 chapters. Many IFC chapters have houses of their own on campus. Some do not, however this does not mean they are any less of a chapter.
The Panhellenic Association at Purdue is represented by 21 women’s sororities. Also known as Panhel this association holds recruitment events, formal rush, and a number of other events as a council. Each chapter hosts their own events. Some chapters do have houses on campus while others do not.
The National Panhellenic Council is made up of 9 sororities and fraternities, also known as the Divine Nine. Currently 7 out of the 9 are active on Purdue’s campus. The organizations that make up the Divine Nine are historically black organizations. At Purdue these organizations do not have designated houses. NPHC is VERY different from IFC and PHA. They differ in many ways. One being that they appreciate discretion before, and during the membership process.
The Multicultural Geek council was established at Purdue University in 2003. These chapters are centered around cultural aspects. Some are centered around Asian culture, Latino culture and many others. This council like NPHC is made up of both Fraternities and Sororities, and like NPHC they are very different from IFC and PHA.
Purdue’s very own Delta Phi Mu will host a Valentines Day Fundraiser this coming Monday, February 13 and Tuesday, February 14.
The event could get pretty packed, so be sure to get there early and be ready spend, spend, spend.
Information regarding the fundraising event:
- Where: Stewart Center
- Date: Monday, February 13 & Tuesday, February 14
- Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This event is only one many the organization holds throughout the year. To keep up to date with their events as well as other clubs and Greek organizations visit BoilerLink.
The fundraiser will feature a different items to be sold on different days. Monday’s sales consists of candy grams, while Tuesday’s sales consists of flowers (carnations and of course roses).
They are asking any and everyone to come out and support. The money will go to chapter.
To learn more about the chapter visit the Delta Phi Mu Alapha Chapter page. To learn more about the sorority in general visit the national site.
Hope everyone can make it out to show support to the women of Delta Phi Mu, and the Greek Community in general.
When we think Greek we think sororities and fraternities, men and women. That’s how it has always been, but is that how it is now, or how it should be? I recently read an article talking about a transgender man trying to enter a sorority.
Today, nothing is simple. We are in world where change is the only thing constant. This means rules must change as well. However many national Greek organizations have not taken this step.
This is a touchy subject for most. Many would argue that these rules are in place for a reason. Personally I think we as a Greek community need to put actions to words. We cannot say we want to be all inclusive without being willing to change.
What do you think? Please read this article and comment on my post. Tell me what you think, how you feel. I am eager to see how people feel about such a controversial topic.
Keep in mind questions like these:
- Why is gender such a deciding factor?
- Should the rules that are currently in place be changed/altered?
- Are sororities and fraternities as inclusive as they claim to be?
- If the rules regarding transgender students was changed/altered what should it be changed/altered to?
- Should nationals be able to overrule individual chapter decisions on acceptance/bids of students?
- Is there equal treatment and true balance for all those thinking about Greek life?