An inside look at OHIO University’s fraternities

Greek life is often associated with multiple different stereotypes, but that shouldn’t stop students from rushing a fraternity or sorority. To clear up the labels and confusion, I chatted with five fraternity members here at Ohio University about what it’s really like to rush and what guys can expect from being in Greek life.

First, let’s meet the brothers:

Also worth knowing: why did they truly want to pledge a fraternity?

One of the common stereotypes associated with fraternities is that frat guys aren’t very intelligent.
How difficult are their majors, and how much are they actually hitting the books?

Paying fraternity dues= paying for friends… right? Let’s see what the guys had to say about that one.

People also often say that the only things fraternities care about is drinking and partying. Is that really so?

Last but not least, they shared some insight and advice for guys who may want to rush a fraternity.

Wrecking ball: Athens breaks the wall between rivals from Dayton and creates friendship

As I was walking around West Green leaving my friend's room around 10 pm when I ran in Maslin Cassidy, who was on his way back from a meeting. As we were talking, I found that we lived 10 minutes away from each other and attended each other's rival high school (I couldn't make this up). Once the "tensions" from our high school selves cooled, we started talking about our plans after college. "I would love to return to Kettering and teach english, because when I was at Fairmont (high school), I had a teacher named Mr. Payne who challenged me to read more and write more. That inspired me to go to college to pursue a major in English and education." I asked if he wanted to inspire his future students like Mr. Payne had done. "Of course, if I can be half as inspirational as Mr. Keating in 'Dead Poets Society' I would consider my job a sucess. I'm in love with books like 'A Tale of Two Cities' and I want a new generation of readers to realize that good literature exists in the world." We then bonded over the fact that we both are fans of Rush and we could care less about "Grease: Live," we then went our separate ways. The next day I ran into him on my way to class, and he told me to "Check my Facebook." I found that he requested me as a friend. Who knew that a Centerville Elk and a Fairmont Firebird could become friends, but we are both Ohio Bobcats now so a new friendship is possible. I accepted the friend request. #planetathens

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