posted on Jul, 23 2004 @ 11:44 PM
Originally posted by qwerty99
I think merging would be the wierdest thing to do if you were there. You would have to tell all your secrets to the absorbee but the absorbee won't
have to reveal anything just show up. I wouldn't like it at all and try to stop it at all cost. Why should a big fraternity take in a struggling
one and support them.
I don't think it would be as weird as you would expect. Yes, it would be a little dissapointing if your fraternity folded but those who take over
operations are very professional and understand the trying time. There are different occurrences when mergers occur.
First, the former fraternity is initiated into the new fraternity. Second, the new fraternity allows some form of the old fraternity to continue as
homage and respect. This could be using part of the old ritual as an optional ceremony, placing a symbol of the old fraternity into the coat of arms
of the new fraternity.
Your attitude on trying to stop a merge would be a common one, but that's exactly the attitude that leads a fraternity to go belly up. One of the
things you have to remember is that all fraternities (except locals) benefit college men and have them strive to become excellent individuals. It
would be in the fraternity's interest, and also in the founder's to continue the objective by merging and allowing men to continue on the
A large fraternity usually merges with a struggling fraternity. It's most common and the natural progression is that most of those remaining chapters
will fail. But the large fraternity has the resources that the smaller fraternity doesn't have to help and support those chapters. Accepting the
chapters creates growth for the large fraternity with established chapters. It costs a lot to to create colonies and having established chapters would
save this expense.