It’s Been Real

I want to start off by saying it’s been real.

It’s been real fun educating you on Greek life and what goes into it.

It’s been real nice learning what you want to hear about and helping with it.

It’s been a real great experience writing this blog and sharing what I can.

I hope you continue to want to learn more about Greek life and possibly pursue it yourself. My blog may be done but the events, facts, ans observations I’ve shared with you are forever.

It’s been real everyone. Goodbye for now until we meet again.

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Summer Fun is the Sun

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It’s finally summer.  So take a break and enjoy the heat.  However don’t forget to keep your eye out for some fun and exciting Greek events.

Sororities and fraternities may not have as many events over the summer but they don’t just stop.  Between recruitment and community service events a Greek members job is never done.

So check a campus around you for fliers, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for posts/ updates about events being held.

The Greek community is nothing without those who help plan events, and those who come show support at them.

A Movie Worth Seeing

Purdue NPHC put on quite a show last Wednesday. Members from all nine organizations came together to excite the crowd with Greek unity and amazing moves.

The annual step show was a show worth seeing.  If you didn’t get the chance to go here are a few clips of the show with some interviews from participants.

Stay tuned for more exciting events from NPHC and the individual organizations.

The annual Yard show will be coming up this August and is guaranteed to be just as entertaining and crowd pleasing.

 

Look around. What do you see?

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As the semester comes to a close at Purdue and I walk around campus, I notice more and more things pertaining to Greek life.

 

Here’s just a few of my fun end of the year observations.

1. Sororities and fraternities are making the most of their days.  Hanging out on their lawns, sitting on the big benches, playing music, and drinking juice from lovely solo cups.

2. Just like the beginning of every year Greeks are getting shirts made and wearing them on coordinated days. This is a fun way to wind down the year and show off their creative designs.

3. Greeks are doing some last minute recruiting for this year/ early recruiting for next year.  Setting up tables with games on Memorial Mall and pulling students in with prizes and food.

What have you noticed lately? Comment with fun observations from your school.

Burning with Anger

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The Netflix original Burning Sands has the black greek community burning mad.

Burning Sands is a movie that is supposed to shed a harsh light on the hazing that takes place in organizations and clubs. The movie was released in March, 2017 and was written and directed by Gerard McMurray.   McMurray is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. (a D9 organization).

McMurray said he got the idea for this film from the devastating death of a FAMU band member.   However this is not relevant anywhere in the movie.  Therefore the movie seems to target black greek letter organizations (BGLO’s) rather than give an overall look at all clubs, organizations, sports team, etc that have hazing incidents associated with them.

This is only one issue the black Greek community has with the film.

Another is that the events portrayed in the film are now directly associated with BLGO’s.  Organization members fear that people who see this film will be less likely to join due to fear of the extreme hazing incidents seen in the film.  Due to the director being a known member of a BGLO, people believe these events to be a true and accurate representations.

As a member of a BGLO I can speak with certainty  when I say that this movie could potentially hinder membership for certain organizations.

The black Greek community is urging everyone to stay open minded and ask any questions you may have. Nothing is worse than an assumption taken as fact.

 

Comment with your opinion on the film or any questions you may have pertaining to it, or Greek life in general.

Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone. 🐰

Hope you all have a great day whether your relaxing, cooking/eating, or just hanging out with some friends and family .

The ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. made the best out of their day.

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Like many students (Greeks included) they had to stay at school over the holiday weekend. This is extremely common and most Greeks take this time to catch up with their sisters or brothers.

College means not always getting to leave and go home when you want. This may seem like a major con but it doesn’t have to be.

This is a great time to take a break from homework and studying, and simply relax with your other family. Grab your friends and make the holiday yours.

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These ladies made the best of what some would consider a not so amazing situation. They weren’t able to go home but made the best out of their holiday non the less.

This is one if the simple things that make Greek life worth while. You will always have family by your side even if you can’t go home.

 

Lights. Camera. Action. Step Show.

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The Purdue NPHC Step Show is almost here.  I’ve mentioned it before and I’m mentioning it again.  On April 19th Purdue NPHC will put on its annual step show.

This movie worthy event is sure to have everyone in the crowd out of their seats and on their feet.  The event is open to the public (not just Purdue students and staff), and the best part is……its free.  The doors of Fowler Hall will open at 6:30 p.m. to the public.  The event will be explosive. Be ready for loud music,a hyped up crowd and great performances.

Organizations put hours of hard work into preparing for this show.

Javon Walker, a proud member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. said he can’t wait for the event.  As reigning champions they have a huge amount of pressure on them this year.

Here’s just a little bit of what Javon had to say during an interview about the upcoming step show.

As you can tell he is excited and ready to show you and the other organizations what centaurs are made of.

So take a break on April 19th and come out and see what these organizations have prepared for you.

Practice Makes Perfect

The Delta Omicron chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. pride themselves on being the reigning champions of the Purdue NPHC Step Show. They have a philosophy of practice makes perfect and exhibit nothing less.

Here is a quick view of their philosophy in action.

Wish them luck this year and come out and support.

When: April 19, 2017

Where: Fowler Hall (Purdue University)

Why: To watch some amazing performances and have a blast.

BIG Fun Facts

Have you ever thought of how big the Greek community is? I mean really thought about it in its entirety.

To put it in simple terms Greek life is huge. It spans across cities, states, and countries. Greeks can be found worldwide.

Here’s 10 of my favorite fun facts that demonstrate just how big Greek life is and the impacts it has on the world.

1. There are 750,000 undergraduate members in 12,000 chapters on more than 800 campuses in the U.S. and Canada.

2. There are over 9 million Greek members nationally.

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3. In the past five years, more than 100 colleges/universities have opened up to fraternities for the very first time.

4. The Greek system is the largest network of volunteers in the U.S. (over 10 million volunteer hours each year).

5. Of the nation’s 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by fraternity men.

6. The youngest woman to get on the front of Forbes was part of a sorority (she was also the founder of Spanx).

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7. Every U.S. President and Vice President (except two) born since the first social fraternity was founded in 1825 have been members of a fraternity.

8. A U.S. Government study shows that over 70% of all those who join a fraternity or sororitiy graduate. This is opposesd to the 50% of all those who are not members of a fraternity or sorority.

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9. Over 85% of the student leaders on some 730 campuses are involved in the Greek life.

10. 71% of those listed in “Who’s Who in America” belong to a fraternity.

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These facts show just how fundamental Greek life is in the world.  There are plenty more fun facts out there. Go out and look for them…or sit tight until my next fun facts post.

Actions Speak Louder than Words

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It comes as no surprise that hazing, and partying to hard is still alive and well on college campuses. However, to me it does come as a surprise that Greek organizations are continuously linked to deaths related to alcohol and hazing.

Earlier this year I read about a Greek related death that happened at a fraternity house on the Penn State campus.

It is incidents like this that continue to cast a negative light on the Greek Community.

These incidents may not happen everyday on every campus, but they happen far to often for the resources available and rules set in place.

On a local level Purdue has not had any Greek related deaths in recent years like many other schools. This could be due in part to the rules and regulations set forth by national organizations  as well as the university.

Penn State on the other hand has decided to change some of their regulations due to the recent unfortunate event. Penn State is doing this in hopes of decreasing the number of Greek related accidents.

Many universities across the country have done this in recent years or are following suit. This may seem “unfair” or “extreme” to some (greeks), but in many cases it is exactly the university needs.

Actions speak louder than words and those in the Greek community must remember this. We can talk about the pros out weigb the cons I  Greek life all day long, but if our actions do not reflect this, is it actually true?

We as Greeks must do all we can to shed positive light on our organizations and schools rather than negative light. This means taking responsibility, holding eachother acxountable and helping universities set rules and regulations that benefit both parties.