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Commentary in The Mu of Monmouth College
March 2009 Issue - Volume 1, Issue 4

Well, I have to ask, “What are we doing with Greek Week?”

By many accounts, Greek Week 2009 was a great success.  Fine leaders and chapters were recognized with awards (see page 3), the banquet impressed faculty members, and donations of food and funds were given to the Jameson Center.

Why, then, have I had so many people in my office complaining about Greek Week?

Commentary in The Mu of Monmouth College
February 2009 Issue - Volume 1, Issue 3

As we saw last month, all of our women’s and men’s fraternities have elected new officers for 2009. The Panhellenic Council, governing the women’s fraternities, has new officers, too. The men’s governing body, the Interfraternity Council, will have elections on March 3.

So many fresh faces. So many great ideas.

Earlier this month, the Office of Greek Life, Involvement, and Service hosted a retreat for all these new officers and lead roundtable discussions about fraternal values, social event planning, new member education and recruitment, risk management, and philanthropy. I was pleasantly surprised with what students had to say.

Commentary in The Mu of Monmouth College
January 2009 Issue - Volume 1, Issue 2

1893, 1870, 1867, 1898, 1865, 1901, 1848.  Our fraternities are old.  Founded long ago by women and men dedicated to some simple ideas such as honesty, hard work, curiosity, and loyalty.  They were interested in achieving greatness and  building a better world.  Recently, I was touched by some words on this subject:

“We understand that greatness is never a given.  It must be earned.  Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less.  It has not been the path for the faint-hearted, for those that prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame.  Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things—some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor—who have carried us up the long rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

Commentary in The Mu of Monmouth College
December 2008 Issue - Volume 1, Issue 1

Students who know me will recognize the heading of this article.  It is a phrase I often invoke when discussing the conduct of students involved in fraternities and sororities, and it happens to be a quote from my own fraternal oath which I have sworn to live by.

Greek students occasionally complain that they are held to a different standard.  I have always found this interesting, since they have asked to be held to that higher standard by taking the oaths of membership in their respective organizations.  Indeed, this higher standard is precisely what the founders of every national sorority and fraternity sought for all of their brothers and sisters, for now and forever.