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Why should you join a Fraternity?

Fraternities are social organizations that often have a rich history dating back generations. Many have chapters scattered all throughout North America.
The entertainment industry has in past years portrayed fraternity members as little more than alcoholic party-animals; however this is far from the truth. Fraternities strive to educate their members on how to be exemplary citizens. For example, fraternity members must attain a certain level of academic standard in order to remain an active member. In addition, fraternities strongly encourage philanthropy within their chapters, such as collecting food to donate to the less fortunate, and other selfless deeds.
All in all, fraternities are excellent organizations that promote good behaviour for all their members, and joining one would certainly enhance your university experience. Just ask any active member of a fraternity, and he will be glad to tell you all the benefits to joining this unique and diverse society.

What's a Fraternity?

According to the dictionary,

n. pl. fra·ter·ni·ties
1. A body of people associated for a common purpose or interest, such as a guild.
2. A group of people joined by similar backgrounds, occupations, interests, or tastes.
3. A chiefly social organization of men students at a college or university, usually designated by Greek letters.
4. The quality or condition of being brothers; brotherliness.

The word fraternity comes from the Latin word frater, meaning ‘brother’. Today, the term usually refers to a social organization for undergraduate students, commonly placed on a university campus, or at least near to one. Similar, but less common, organizations exist for secondary schools. As the derivation of the term suggests, the students who become part of a fraternity share a bond of brotherhood between members. The only true distinction between a fraternity and any other social group is that the members associate as equals for a mutually beneficial purpose, rather than because of religious, governmental, commercial, or familial bonds. The term ‘Greek letter organization’ is also synonymous with fraternities. Typically, fraternities are single-sex initiatory organizations that consider active membership only during members’ undergraduate years. Upon completion of undergraduate studies, members are considered alumni within the fraternity. Fraternities can also be considered as mutual aid societies, providing academic and social activities. Most fraternities also maintain a chapter house, which provides members with residential and dining facilities.
Some fraternities also have a cultural or multicultural emphasis. For example, certain fraternities may have been founded upon religious ideals, and in the past allowed only those of similar beliefs to enter. Also, many fraternities were founded by and initially only initiated members of a certain cultural heritage. However, most fraternities today are non-sectarian, and allow a wide variety of members from different cultures and religions to join.
The names of most North American fraternities contain two or three Greek letters, most often the initials of a Greek motto that the members live by.
Fraternities have a long history as a part of many colleges and universities. The earliest in North America date back to the late 16
th Century, although they did not fully take on the pattern that we know today until the 1840s.


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