posted on Jul, 19 2004 @ 09:56 PM
Sorry I've been gone for awhile...
About the mergers. I think its inevitable that they are going to happen. I think obviously, the Sig Eps, Pikes, TKEs, DKEs, Phi Delt, Delt, Phi Tau,
SAE, Sig Chi, etc, the big ones won't be going anywhere.
Notice I didn't have ATO and some other large fraternities. Some large fraternities are having money problems on a chapter level. You may see a lot
of chapter closings if the national fraternity can't get their chapters in order.
I think one of the first mergers you might see is in the agricultural based fraternities. They may merge with other ag fraternities or may just join a
larger. The reason they may merge with a larger fraternity than with each other is because many of the ag fraternities have chapters all at the same
schools where ag is a main department on campus. Some national fraternities do not expand to these schools because it's too risky. It's also
possible that the ags may merge together and simply go fully into the social fraternity aspect of Greek Life.
Another you might see is the technichal fraternities for the same reasons as for the ag. I don't know a lot about these fraternities but I'm sure
there are less chapters than in the ag.
If some of the true smaller social fraternities merge, it's more likely they will merge with each other. A large fraternity doesn't gain much by
adding 30-70 chapters who may not last. Plus you always have the trouble of merging chapters (where there are two on campus). They almost always tend
to go downhill after a merge.
Of course all of this is speculation since we have not had a significant merge between true national fraternities in almost 40 years. It will be
exciting to see. I personally think that the fraternity scene has become a little over saturated with so many groups, but that is the true source of
democracy on universities, they say.
Of course you have already heard my views on local fraternities and would hope these would contribute to the national scene. They have only caused
this spur of merger talks. And co-eds, in a real sense are not true fraternities or sororities or whatever you would like to call them. They are
simply service organizations.
It would be nice to see about 50 true national fraternities. Almost every school would be represented with chapters from these organizations.
I would say in ten years we will have 4 mergers. The ags, the techs, and possibly a religious merger, and one true social fraternity merger. I can't
really say who it would be though. But you always have to take into account money.