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How to Rush a Fraternity Successfully

First, know why you are trying to join a fraternity. People rush for many different reasons; some want a resume booster, some want to find a family, some do it because their parents want them to. Don't rush a fraternity for other people, do it for yourself. Fraternities are trying to avoid men who just want to join; for partying, to meet girls, or to just make some friends. If you say these are the reasons for joining, organizations will probably not extend you a bid. While we all are in social organizations that occasionally have parties and have socials, that is not what we are all about.

Second, ignore the campus stereotypes. Don't let people make your decisions for you. Some people may refer to a certain fraternity in a positive light, some may refer to it in a negative light; the point is, people are unreliable and there is no better source than your own judgment.

Third, do your research. Go online to the fraternities website or find them in the breezeway or place they usually meet to advertise. The best time to do this would be the first week of school, in the fall, because ALL of the fraternities will be there. For FAU each fraternity has a table in the breezeway advertising for their chapter. Find out how many fraternities there are, what type of fraternity each one is, and what the rush events are for each one. Even if you have no interest in rushing a particular fraternity, take a rush flier anyways; your opinion might change later.

Fourth, narrow your options. Most likely, there will be way too many fraternity events to hit in one week. Make a quick character judgment when you're picking up rush fliers, and decide on which ones you would most likely get along with. Don't pick a fraternity because they hold the best parties or pull the most girls or because they dress the best, pick a fraternity because you like their character.

Fifth, be yourself. This is one of the most important parts. Despite their reputations for being meat-heads, fraternities can spot superficiality very easily. Be comfortable, confident, and RELAX! If a fraternity doesn't like your personality, find one that does.

Sixth, be upfront, don't lie. It can only hurt your chances of getting a bid.

Seven, talk to everyone. Not everyone in a fraternity is the same. There are many different personalities in every fraternity, and if you don't like one person's personality, find another person. If it turns out you don't like anyone in a particular fraternity, then that fraternity is likely not right for you.

Eight, ask questions about the fraternity. Asking questions lets a fraternity know you're interested, and more importantly, fraternities love talking about their chapter or national history. Find out the time commitment, the financial commitment, the perks, the downsides--whatever. Good questions are, "What is your favorite memory in the chapter?" and "Why did you join this fraternity?”.

Nine, narrow your options again. When you've been to every fraternity that you think you might get along with, pick the ones that you know you'll get along with. A good idea is to narrow it down to the two you have the best rapport with, else you risk not receiving a bid, and moreover that will lead the fraternity you want to believe you're not serious about joining. Besides, having two top choices makes a fraternity compete for you. After you pick these two, spend the remainder of the time rushing them. If they like you as much as you like them, chances are, you'll get a bid from one of them.

Ten, remember, that if you don't get a bid from one of your top two and you still want to join--keep rushing. Hang out with them outside of rush week, on a more personal basis. The few that you hang out with will most likely convince the rest of the chapter that you're a right fit. Most of the time, a bid isn't offered because they solely want to wait and see if you're serious. It's not the end of the world either.

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Frank J. Ruck Leadership Institute

This summer, our brothers Jeremy Moorefeild and Austin Evans were given the chance to attend the Frank J. Ruck Leadership institute. Unlike other Sigma Phi Epsilon events, like the Carlson Leadership Academy and E.D.G.E camp, Ruck is about building a brother individually as a leader. Our brothers in attendance came back with lots of great ideas and are still inspiring other brothers in the chapter to take part in the fraternity’s development. Having two members attend is very rare and with the amount they learned, our chapter will be sure to have a member go each year. They would not have been able to attend had it not been for individuals who donated. At the end of the institute, brothers wrote thank you letters to these donators. And while the letter encourages them to keep donating to the great cause our chapter wants to let as many brothers know that any donation could be the funding for future brothers to attend this great event and other great leadership events Sigep offers. It is because of this we encourage you to donate to Sigep’s Hoop of Steel Society. If you want to make a donation to honor a mentor you have had go to sigep.org and search for Hoop of Steel Society or click this link below:

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Jeremy Moorefeild at Ruck on the founders walk facilitated by Steve Shanklin

Jeremy Moorefeild at Ruck on the founders walk facilitated by Steve Shanklin

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Academics

While Sigep FL Xi is a social fraternity we believe in the balanced man ideal. Having a sound mind in a sound body. Our chapter prides themselves on athleticism but we also pride our selves on academics. In order to be an active member in our chapter a brother must get a 2.8 or higher. A brother may miss out on a lot of the programming events in order to focus on his grades if he get lower then a 2.8 per semester. With our chapter having over the IFC average G.P.A. for the past year our academic plan seems to be the reason for our success. Our chapter has academic standards for rush and for its active members because our chapter wants to have members with a sound body as well as a sound mind. 

Sigma Phi Epsilon Academic Plan by Semester G.P.A.

3.0 or Higher: Fully active member allowed to run for the executive board

2.8 to 2.99: Active member with the restriction being not allowed to run for an executive board position.

2.5 to 2.79: Probation with the restrictions of not being allowed to a certain number of programming events and an extra 5 study hours per week for the semester in order to be active the next semester.

2.0 to 2.49: Suspension with the restriction of not being allowed at any programming events and an extra 10 study hours per week for the semester in order to be active the next semester.

Under a 2.0 semesterly is an automatic expulsion from the chapter. Brothers can seek re-admitance by getting a 3.0 the following semester and then finishing each semester after with above a 3.0.

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American Lung Association

Our chapter was asked by Jackie Vargas, in the fall, to volunteer for the American Lung Associations annual Fight for Air 5k Run/ Walk in Fort lauderdale, Florida. Our whole chapter was in attendance making the hour drive and getting there at six in the morning to help; set up the run, hand out waters to runners, give out food and signing people in. Our enthusiasm was unparalleled to any other volunteer group. Jackie, after seeing our hard work at the event, is continuing to invite us to volunteer for all of the American Lung Association events. This Spring, ten of our members had the opportunity to volunteer for their 2014 Fight for Air Climb at 110 Tower. We got to sleep a little longer and got to Ft. Lauderdale at seven in the morning to help set up the event and sign everyone in. We are all very thankful to volunteer for such a great association and hope to continue to keep attending as many of their events as possible.

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Brothers Find Inspiration at 2014 Carlson Leadership Academy

This Spring, 9 undergraduate members of Florida Xi attended the annual Carlson Leadership Academy. This event was an incredible learning experience for all undergraduate brothers in attendance. Through professional, position based seminars, conversing with other brothers, and developing an internal action plan to apply all these lessons, our board was able to truly evaluate what it means to be a Florida Xi SigEp and how we can better ourselves in the future.

Many informative leadership seminars were held over the course of the weekend, giving lessons in all the areas on the executive board team. These presentations were beneficial; however, we absorbed the most information from other undergraduate members of SigEp from our Region. 

On the car ride home even more ideas and inspiration was shared. As an executive board they wanted to convert their ideas to be quantitative, achievable goals. To accomplish this, they created a definitive action plan to put in place after returning. The plan broke down the priorities in each position in which needed improvement. This has proven to be very effective, and we have succeeded in many of the action areas.

 

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Most Distinguished Alumni of the Semester

    This semester the most distinguished Alumni was none other than Nathan Custodio. Nate along with our Regional Director, Artie Angelo, scheduled multiple phone calls and meetings with our executive board to keep them on track. Nate with such a busy schedule still has a passion for Fl Xi and was on the end of the phone with our past president, Austin Evans, bi-weekly as well as with our current President, Alex O’Leary even more frequently last semester. Nate helps with any problems the chapter has, sets goals and gives guidance to help the chapter move in a positive direction. Nate was a large part of the chapter’s success when he attended FAU and he is continuing to be a great part of our chapter success as it grows at Florida Atlantic. Thank you for all your time and effort Nate.

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