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    The Greek Life Blog

    What is a Fraternity Sweetheart?

    What is a Fraternity Sweetheart?

    What is a Fraternity Sweetheart?


    Fraternities and sororities have a history of using the term “sweetheart” to reward individuals that are most involved and dedicated to their chapter. In short, a fraternity sweetheart is a sorority woman chosen by the chapter to represent their fraternity and become a part of their organization. 


    Becoming a fraternity sweetheart is a big deal at many schools across the nation and is a big commitment–fraternity sweethearts have a year-long commitment to the fraternity and participate in a multitude of the fraternity’s events. Although there aren’t a set of rules to becoming a fraternity’s sweetheart, there is an unspoken requirement of dedication to the fraternity. This means that a true fraternity sweetheart is taking the role because she genuinely enjoys the brotherhood of that fraternity. 


    Additionally, a fraternity sweetheart is generally someone who is very outgoing, kind, and involved on campus. For a lot of fraternities, choosing a sweetheart that already has a great reputation on campus is a big deal, because it shows other students (who may or may not be involved in Greek life) that there is far more to the fraternity other than the social scene. If a well-rounded and sociable woman is their sweetheart, the fraternity is far more likely to have a better reputation.


    Becoming a fraternity sweetheart is different at every school. There may be a chapter vote, campus vote, a competition, or even just an appointment of duties. You may have to be in a certain sorority to become a specific fraternity’s sweetheart, and you may even need to be in a certain sorority family. There isn’t a universal list of requirements, so it may take research depending on what school you attend.


    The most important thing to consider when looking to become a fraternity’s sweetheart is how much time you’ll be able to commit to the organization. It is very common for fraternity sweethearts to be active in their fraternity’s philanthropic events, fundraisers, events, and parties. Depending on your school or fraternity, you may even attend their house dinners and have other duties. Keep in mind that these activities all may range from just a few hours a week to a few hours every day. 


    When looking to become a fraternity sweetheart, you should make sure that you discuss the role thoroughly with both the fraternity of your choice and your sorority. The fraternity will tell you what exactly is expected of you, and your sorority sisters may even have advice or past experiences to share. Additionally, make sure that you are doing proper research and that you are well-prepared for the role. It is easy to feel a lot of social pressure in a role like this, and it is important to remember that yourself and your academics come first. 


    Overall, being a fraternity sweetheart is a huge tradition at many schools. If being a fraternity sweetheart is really important to you, make sure your voice is heard and that you prove your dedication to the fraternity!

    How to Pick the Best Fraternity

    How to Pick the Best Fraternity

    How to Pick the Best Fraternity For You


    Fraternity rush can be one of the most stressful yet memorable times of a young adult’s college experience. There are many different factors to consider–philanthropy, brotherhood, and a fraternity’s history and legacy, not to mention feeling the societal pressure of having to endure this experience with hundreds of other new first-year students. There is no doubt that this can be an incredibly daunting experience, but with proper research and preparation for rush, you can rest assured that you will be well-prepped for this experience.


    How to Pick a Fraternity


    Picking a fraternity to join is not an easy decision. Although there may be factors pushing you in a certain direction (legacy, sports teams, friends, etc.), it is important to note that this decision is something that you should make entirely on your own. Joining a brotherhood is something special and although you may be tempted to stay in the same fraternity as your friends, that may not be the best decision for you. You should choose a fraternity based on what ideals align with your own, what philanthropy is important to you, and what fraternity members you could see yourself forming a close relationship with. By ensuring that you are choosing the best fraternity to align with your own personal beliefs, goals, and values, you can almost guarantee that you will find the fraternity for you. 


    Fraternities


    When researching fraternities to join, you should make sure that you are aware of your school’s specific Greek organizations on campus. Every school is different and each fraternity chapter has its own specific events or rituals.


    That being said, here is a list of some popular fraternities and their information to help guide your research!


    Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE)


    Founded: 1868, University of Virginia


    Values: Scholars, Leaders, Athletes, and Gentlemen


    Headquarters: Memphis, Tennessee


    Alpha Phi Alpha


    Founded: 1906, Cornell University 


    Values: Service First, Respect, Embracing Diversity, Integrity, and Perseverance


    Headquarters: Baltimore, Maryland


    Special Characteristics: Alpha Phi Alpha is a historically black fraternity, with a particular interest in benefiting African American advancement organizations.


    Theta Chi


    Founded: 1856, Norwich University


    Values: Leadership, Academic Excellence, and Brotherhood


    Headquarters: Carmel, Indiana


    Sigma Chi


    Founded: 1855, Miami University


    Values: Friendship, Justice, and Learning


    Philanthropy: Derby Days, Merlin Olsen Day of Service, and the Huntsman Cancer Foundation/Huntsman Cancer Institute


    Headquarters: Evanston, Illinois


    Sigma Nu


    Founded: 1869, Virginia Military Institute


    Values: Love, Honor, and Truth


    Headquarters: Lexington, Virginia


    Sigma Alpha Epsilon


    Founded: 1856, University of Alabama


    Values: Friendship, Scholarship, Leadership, Integrity, and Service in order to become a True Gentleman


    Philanthropy: Be the Match, Children’s Miracle Hospital Network, Movember


    Headquarters: Evanston, Illinois


    Sigma Phi Epsilon


    Founded: 1901, Richmond College (now University of Richmond)


    Values: Virtue, Diligence and Brotherly Love


    Headquarters: Richmond, Virginia


    Kappa Delta Rho


    Founded: 1905, Middlebury College


    Values: Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship, Service, and Tradition


    Headquarters: Greensburg, Pennsylvania


    Kappa Sigma


    Founded: 1869, University of Virginia


    Values: Four Pillars of Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship, and Service


    Philanthropy: The MIlitary Heroes Campaign


    Headquarters: Charlottesville, Virginia


    Lambda Chi Alpha


    Founded: 1909, Boston University


    Values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Service and Stewardship, Honor, Integrity, and Personal courage


    Philanthropy: Feeding America


    Headquarters: Carmel, Indiana


    Lambda Sigma Upsilon


    Founded: 1979, Rutgers University


    Values: Academic Excellence, Cultural Awareness and Diversity, Becoming Role Models, and Brotherhood


    Special Characteristics: A Latino fraternity with a dedication to supporting HIV/AIDs research.


    Headquarters: Elizabeth, New Jersey


    Beta Theta Pi


    Founded: 1839, Miami University 


    Values: Intellect, Responsible Conduct, Mutual Assistance, Integrity and Trust


    Headquarters: Oxford, Ohio

    Why Do Fraternities Have Philanthropy?

    Why Do Fraternities Have Philanthropy?

    Why Do Fraternities Have Philanthropy


    When most people think of fraternities, they only picture the stereotypical party culture of fraternities. Although a big part of fraternities is the social benefits and aspects of joining one, one major thing that is overlooked is their dedication to community service and philanthropy. A lot of fraternities’ entire basis is the cultivation of brotherhood while being involved in their local community, and overlooking this fact is a major discredit to these organizations.


    National Involvement


    Fraternities have philanthropy for a variety of different reasons. To start off with, the main reason that fraternities have philanthropy is to give back to their local and national community. A lot of fraternities have a national philanthropic organization that they contribute to multiple times a year, and they are constantly doing fundraisers for these organizations. From tabling, selling t-shirts, and throwing events on campus, fraternities are constantly doing things to raise money for their philanthropy. 


    Getting involved in philanthropy is really important for many fraternity members. The events that each fraternity hosts are a big deal, and fraternity brothers spend months planning and organizing them. These events are a really big deal for the overall brotherhood of the fraternity. Some examples of fraternity events for their philanthropy include Sigma Chi’s Derby Days and Sigma Phi Epsilon’s sports tournaments for Big Brothers Big Sisters.


    Local Involvement 


    Another reason that fraternities have philanthropy is to get involved in their local community. A lot of fraternities are constantly doing things to contribute to the betterment of their campus community, including supporting other fraternity and sorority philanthropies and events. Philanthropy really allows for the greater good of a fraternity to shine; fraternities all come together to support one another despite rivalry or reputation.


    Additionally, fraternities often hold events for causes outside of their philanthropy or even campus community. Many fraternities volunteer to help build houses, tutor, clean up parks and roadways, and even hold food and book drives. Chances are, you can find fraternity members constantly doing things for others throughout the local community.


    When looking at fraternities as a whole, it is really important to really appreciate their contributions to the greater good of their communities. A big part of fraternities is philanthropy due to their connection to bettering oneself. By dedicating themselves to a higher purpose, brothers are able to grow as individuals and contribute to not only the betterment of their community but also their brotherhood. Philanthropy allows for each brother to turn into themselves and use that learning for the improvement of themselves.


    Overview


    In conclusion, fraternities have philanthropy because they are organizations designed to contribute to the betterment of their community. By being involved in philanthropy, fraternities are not only having a major impact socially, but they are having an impact on themselves and their brotherhood. By taking time to dedicate themselves to a bigger purpose, they are allowing themselves to grow as individuals, which only positively benefits their brotherhood, and supports many ideals of the fraternal brotherhood.

    Your 2022 Holiday Greek Gift Guide

    Your 2022 Holiday Greek Gift Guide

    Need ideas on what to get your favorite Fraternity guy this holiday season? Well, look no further – here at Campus Classics, that’s our specialty. We have a variety of styles, brands and groups, guaranteeing you’ll be able to find the perfect gift for your Greek. And the best part? We print, embroider, heat seal, laser engrave your order specifically for you! When you order from Campus Classics, you can be sure you are choosing something high quality, unique and thoughtful for your loved one. Check out some of our favorite Greek gift ideas.

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    What Events Need Custom Tees?

    What Events Need Custom Tees?

    Custom t-shirts are a staple of Greek events and lifestyle. Not only do they have fun, personalized designs for any occasion and chapter, but the high quality ensures that they can be passed down to commemorate and celebrate some of the best years of a member's life!


    For those key events of the Greek year, you want the best custom t-shirts. Here’s some of our favorite events that are made even better with customized tees!

     

    RUSH/BID DAY

    These are the days that change your time in college and what better way to remember them than with custom t-shirts. Get apparel for the whole chapter and order your custom t-shirts bulk for the best pricing!


    PARENT’S WEEKENDS

    What better way to show your parents you’re having the time of your life in college than with their own custom tee! They get to see a slice of your life and feel a part of it!


    FORMALS

    Formals have so many memories and feel so magical, whether you’re going high style and having unique destinations or you’re keeping it low key near campus. Your chapter won’t soon forget it with a customized shirt after you all are done being dressed up!


    PHILANTHROPY

    Support your favorite charity or group with a t-shirt design unique to you! Besides, t-shirts are a great way to fundraise and support a good cause!

     

    INTRAMURALS

    Show your opponent how serious your team is with matching personalized tees. Whether you’re actually good or not doesn’t matter, you’re a team and you want to look like it!


    There’s so many more occasions for custom tees and we know we’ve only scratched the surface. Tell us what your favorite Greek event is! Have any custom tees you’ve just never stopped wearing?