Like many of you, I’ve been paying close attention to the recent news coverage regarding the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma. While I am not often surprised by the misguided and ignorant actions and antics that occur on campus, this incident does give me pause, and it demands a few comments.
Phi Delta Theta has long been a leader in the fraternity world because the actions of our members – both undergraduate and alumni alike – have been mostly congruent with the mission of the Fraternity and teachings of The Bond. Yes, we stumble and fall occasionally, but our record speaks for itself. What this situation teaches us most is that we now live in a world of instant and immediate transparency. Your attitudes and resulting actions will be revealed for the good…or the bad.
I implore each and every one of you to never behave in a way that would bring disgrace to this Fraternity. These actions are appalling and disgusting, and there is no place in our Fraternity for this or any behavior such as this.
A few quick suggestions/thoughts:
- Identify any behaviors, traditions, chants and events that may be present within your chapter that need to be eliminated from the culture and routines of our membership experience. Then, act decisively and appropriately.
- Discuss what has happened at the University of Oklahoma with your brothers and alumni advisers. Use this unfortunate and deplorable action to fuel growth and positive change within your chapter.
- Call upon your campus, alumni, and GHQ leadership, and take advantage of their available resources if you need help and assistance in dealing with these issues.
Finally, please know that I go to bed every night thankful for the quality and authenticity of our undergraduate and alumni members. We are a blessed organization in so many profound and significant ways. Remember what is expected of each of you, individually, as a member of this organization.
Damn Proud To Be A Phi!
Yours in the Bond,
President, General Council