Fraternities and sororities

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Fraternities and sororities are most commonly known as social organizations for higher education or secondary students.


Hills and a Star (2001)

Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity; self-published.

  • The spirit of our oldest chapters, combined with the vigor of our youngest who join each year, should inspire all of us to maintain our faith in the principles which unite us, our determination to live by them, and our intention to continue to be the very best fraternity in the greek letter world.
    • Anthony Fusaro, Phi Sigma Kappa; Former Grand Chapter President of Phi Sigma Kappa (p. 9)
  • Fraternities and the fraternity system are a distinctive and praiseworthy feature of American college life. Both as a fraternity man and as an educator, I firmly believe in the value of fraternities when they are properly managed and under good leadership.
    • Dr. Walter C. Langsam; Former President, University of Cincinnati (p. 11)
  • Today, the American people, perhaps as never before, are in need of the unusual, the distinctive, the uncommon man and leader — men and women of character and courage who have undergone the disciplines and the experiences which develop their highest potentials. I sincerely believe that college fraternities are important institutions contributing to the development of such men and women.
    • W.C. Mullendore; Former Chairman, Southern California Edison Company (p. 13)
  • I shall never be able to compensate my fraternity for all that it has done for me, no matter what service I may be allowed to give. In it I have found my most intimate friends. As undergraduate chapter president, I gained broad administrative experience, and from my fraternity I have derived my most cherished ideals of conduct.
    • Dr. Herman B. Wells, Sigma Nu; Former Indiana University President (p. 14)
  • My chapter house was a place where deep friendships were formed. The bond of brotherhood within the chapters was always a sustaining force and an urge to do a better job scholastically and otherwise in campus life. The traits of character which were nurtured there ripened and increased my sense of being useful in later life.
    • D. William Brosnon, Phi Sigma Kappa; Former President, Southern Railway System (p. 16)
  • In my judgment the college fraternity has been of inestimable value in making men across the years... It is natural for men to come together in compatible, mutual friendship, and when they do so under the high ideals of a fraternity, it proves to be most beneficial.
  • I took a great deal more from my fraternity than I gave — but what I took was a very great deal — companionship of the highest order, self-confidence born of belonging to a group of which I was proud, enrichment of my personal life, which gave all my college career added dimension, and even an extra bond to several life-long friendships that already existed.
  • I found in my chapter companionship and guidance from older men, discipline and true fellowship. The fraternity is more than just a boarding house. It is a temple of good will, of mutual assistance and enlightenment. The benefits derived are constant companions with alert fellow students in all activities of university life, and it tends to create more mature, responsible and intelligent citizens.

Phi Beta Kappa Hand-Book and General Address Catalogue (1900)

Walden & Crawley, North Adams Massachusetts

  • The advent of other Greek letter fraternities met the social needs or supposed needs of underclass men and left Phi Beta Kappa to give sole concern to scholarly affairs.
    • Rev. E. B. Parsons, D. D., (p. 14)

Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities (1879)

J. B. Lippincott & co., Philadelphia

  • College students have always shown a more or less marked tendency to form themselves into societies.
    • William Raimond Baird

Individual Training in Our Colleges (1907)

The McMillan Company, New York

  • In the earlier days when the 'college secret societies' were tabooed, the undergraduate members wore no pins or concealed them. Now these are worn constantly over the members' hearts.
    • Clarence Frank Bridseye, (p. 309)

USA Today (2002)

Binge drinking's campus toll

  • Alcohol is the No. 1 issue on every college campus I've been on. [But] it isn't just the No. 1 issue in fraternities and sororities. It's the number one issue for all students.
    • John Williamson, (p. 8D)

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