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Phi Delta Theta's Neil Armstong took mankind to the moon. Surely, those are footsteps worthy of follow. Phi Delta Theta's Neil Armstong took mankind to the moon. Surely, those are footsteps worthy of follow. (Photo courtesy of NASA.)

Commentary in The Mu of Monmouth College
September 2009 Issue - Volume 2, Issue 3

Have you heard about the “bad crowd” and the advice to stay away from it?  After all, you would not want to be guilty by association!  Those members of the bad crowd are so easy to spot.  Aren’t they?  All members of men’s and women’s fraternities, with those letters on their chests.

Those sloths of academia, those irresponsible brats, it’s about time they had their due.  One day they will loose the shielded environment of college and just have to slug it out in the real world.  Let’s just see how they do:

Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity
Al Bowman, president of Illinois State University
Forrest Sawyer, ABC News Anchor
Christopher A. Sinclair, retired CEO of PepsiCo

Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity
Jan Davis, astronaut
Karen Tumulty, national correspondent for Time magazine
Diane Wood, federal judge in the Seventh Circuit Court

Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity
Phyllis McGinley, Pullitzer Prize-winning poet
Edith Clarke, first female electrical engineering M.S. from MIT
Margaret Hillis, conductor of the Chicago Symphony Choir

Phi Delta Theta Fraternity
Neil Armstrong, astronaut
Robert Khayat, chancellor of the University of Mississippi
Frank Lloyd Wright, architect

Pi Beta Phi Fraternity
Nancy Hogshead, triple Olympic gold medalist in swimming
Barbara Bush, first lady
Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery Medalist children’s author

Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity
Kenneth Arrow, Nobel Laureate in economics
Jessie H. Ruiz, chair of the Illinois Board of Education
General James T. Conway, commandant of the Marine Corps

Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity
George Macy, founder of Macy's
William S. Paley, founder and chairman of CBS
Arthur Goldberg, United States Supreme Court Justice

Yes, these people and their Fortune 500 CEO hoodlums, eighty-five percent of which are also members of “frats.”  What a crowd… And they all came from organizations with chapters right here at Monmouth College.

Sounds like the kind of crowd I wouldn't mind associating with!


Daniel M. Reck, M.S.Ed., is Assistant Director of Greek Life, Leadership, and Involvement at Monmouth College.  He is affiliated with Sigma Nu Fraternity.

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