posted on Jul, 14 2004 @ 04:40 PM
We don't have any local fraternities here, except maybe a multi-cultural one but I'm not sure. They are all IFC/Panhel/USFC. But from what I have
read on this board, heard/read in the news and from people at other schools, I can say I agree with Slick. I personally wouldn't be attracted to
joining a house that isn't part of a larger national organization. A big reason why fraternities appeal to people is because of a strong national
alumni base which provides for career and other opportunities. I am certain no local org can match the alumni base of any major IFC or Panhel house.
If they are strong enough to survive locally, wouldn't it be the natural next step to expand, as many of our founders did? But if you're looking for
a smaller house or whatever, then a local fraternity might be for you I guess. But I personally wouldn't consider joining one.
And like Slick mentioned, MTV didn't exactly help by using a local house in their show. At the very least they could have mentioned that this is a
local chapter, the only existing chapter of XYZ fraternity and that it isn't associated with the NIC. Instead for the sake of reality TV, and since I
know Panhel would never let a chapter participate in such a show and I doubt NIC would either, I guess MTV had to take what they could get and play it
off like it was the "real deal" (not that local fraternities aren't the real deal also but you get what I'm saying). Its just sad to think of how
many impressionable young minds watched that show and are entering college now thinking that's how it's going to be.
I remember signing a petition a couple of years ago that Panhellenic was passing around to try to have that show banned, and I haven't seen/heard
about it so I guess (hope) its gone for good. So many friends who watched that show asked me "Is that what its really like?" so when I finally
watched an episode I about died. Within the first 15 minutes I had seen so many rush violations and "pledge events" that would be considered hazing
under Panhel rule. OK I am finished ranting, thanks for letting me get it all off my chest
[edit on 15-7-2004 by nikkerbokker]