Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Blog Post 15


The topic that is of interest is the role fraternities play in college culture and more importantly, the effects they have on a individual’s personal development. Currently, there is a per-conceived notion that members in a fraternity simply party and get drunk; a stereotype that has been perpetuated by the media. In addition to this, there is always the negative concept regarding hazing that comes into play. However, there are many underlying aspects regarding a fraternity that not everyone is aware of. The process one experiences during their initiation into the brotherhood can have positive life changing effects on their character, values, and future; ultimately bettering themselves as a person. The question that comes into play here is “what is the value of joining a fraternity?”

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Blog Post 14

My project has evolved immensely over this semester. I started with a vague idea barely knowing what direction I wanted to go in. I knew i wanted to write something on Greek Culture and Fraternities, mainly because I was pledging during this time as well. I figured the research and first hand experience would give me a deeper insight into the overall process. What influenced me the most was actually experiencing everything first hand. It was as if i was living the articles I was reading. That in itself was very motivating. I wanted to push further and become as knowledgeable as I could about my topic, mainly because the experience itself meant a lot to me personally.

I learned that the research process is a very empirical one. Initially, I was intimidated by such large assignments, thinking that I would never be able to come up with 10 pages of legitimate information. However, after taking this course, I realized that if you put the time and effort into properly understanding the material, then the ideas and direction of the paper will flow so much easily.

I had never thought of myself as a good writer. I always had thought writing was one of my weaker areas. however, after doing this paper, and putting proper dedication and effort into everything, i realize that writing is something I can definitely improve on with practice.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Blog Post 13

This image is significant to my topic because it represents the hard work and discipline that is neccessary to succed in life. The man in this picture is essentially paving his road to success. This is relatable to fraternities in the sense that it represents te hardships and trials that an individual must experience before he becomes a brother. It also represents the potential success that one can achieve through Greek affiliation.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Blog Post 12 Outline

I. My argument is that fraternities aid immensely in positively developing an individual's character and potential. There are many implications regarding this, mainly because fraternities are always portrayed in a negative light. However, this is because the negative incidents generate much more attention that the positive benefits. Many people are unaware of what truly goes on behind those doors, and i am writing to give the readers a greater insight into the overall Greek Experience.

II. My first paragraph consists of the social capital and benefits gained from joining a fraternity. I tie this into the second paragraph by discussing the academic support and achievement gained from the process as well.

III. I plan on defending hazing and alcohol consumption by using two sources i found. One being that hazing in a sense is a test to see how physically and mentally strong you are. Alcohol consumption being that it is a college experience that should be enacted or lost forever. There are many social implications regarding this as well.

IV. Lastly, I will discuss the various leaders that have benefited greatly, and whom owe much of their success to the support and motivation that the fraternities provide. I still need to find more research on this area.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Blog Post 11

My current case is writing about Greek Fraternities in a positive light. I plan on placing emphasis on the character development one experiences throughout the whole pledging process, and how it will greatly benefit their future. In addition, I will write about the resources that Fraternities can offer individuals in succeeding in life. For example, the networking available through well established alumni, and the increased ease of landing a job due to the shared solidarity amongst members. Also, the fact that current members within the fraternity can serve as role models for the younger generation.

I plan on further supporting this viewpoint by researching various powerful individuals within history, and how the fraternity has contributed to their success. Some examples would include George Bush, John Kerry, and many Fortune 500 CEOs. However, I need to do further research in this area.

Also, There is much negative controversy regarding fraternities when it comes to hazing, and excessive drinking. I plan on using one of my articles I found on Academic Search Premier as a counterpoint to the drinking argument. One defense would be that college drinking is a ritual that must be experienced, or it will be lost forever. Basically, it is a social act with many underlying implications, which i will go further into detail later. I still need to find a trong defense for the hazing implications, however my emerging defense has to do with humility and building a strong character.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Blog Post 10

My current debate is over the benefits of joining a Greek Organization. There are many issues regarding the positive and negative aspects of fraternity involvement. The positive being academic achievement, cultural awareness, righteousness, friendship and loyalty, and character improvement. The negative aspects being, stress, time sacrifice, hazing, excessive drinking. However I truly believe that the benefits outweigh the negatives in the grand scheme. The author that currently provides my greatest support is Thomas Hebert. He goes into great depth over individual development one experiences throughout their process. He offers a lot of insight into the who experience through interviews with the participants throughout the span of their college years. I have only managed to compile research on the positive aspects of my debate.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Blog Post 9

Currently, I have a good idea of where my paper is heading. However, I do need more sources focusing on the underlying reasons behind hazing, and articles discussing the impact of fraternity involvement on successful individuals.