7Visions Blog: Turning the Stigma on Its Head; the Greek Life Experience Through Our Lens

7Visions Blog: With this refreshing new perspective on the Greek Experience and our member’s and prospective member’s responsibilities to continue defying the stigma associated with Greek organizations, 7 Visions launches its online blog where we will visit relevant and interesting topics associated with the Greek experience, the Honorable Knight experience, as well as ODPhi all around. Stay tuned for weekly posts.

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Greek life has always carried a negative stigma, thanks in part to the narrative that the media continues to depict as unquestionable truth. Some Greek lettered organizations have also done their part by irresponsibly affirming certain stereotypes that play into that narrative of debauchery and an array of risky behaviors.

Culturally based organizations, such as Omega Delta Phi, take pride in turning that stigma on its head. Our brotherhood lives to defy the stereotype and to change a growing negative perception of the Greek experience on college campuses throughout.

Recent media coverage on the hazing death of new member Timothy Piazza at the Penn State University chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house rocked the country and many college administrators and community leaders are calling for the abolishment of Greek Life on their respective campuses. The racist chant captured on video at The University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter has also garnered much attention and elicited a damning response. Just last week, a fraternity new member was found dead at the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity which has resulted in Louisiana State University suspending all Greek functions until further notice.

Hazing and alcohol related deaths have plagued Greek lettered organizations and the two are now synonymous with the Greek experience. This is in spite of Greek chapter’s attempts at rebranding and launching new member education programs where drinking is outlawed as a condition for membership.

It is true that these repulsive acts represent the darkest and most damning aspects of a Greek system that has gone unchecked. Greek life offers many positives, and some Greek organizations continue to push the envelope in a forward thinking manner, fully aware of the stigma associated with representing organizations in the Greek system.

Omega Delta Phi Fraternity is fully aware of the challenges facing Greek organizations currently, and it is for this reason that we continue our commitment to provide to ANY man, a diverse fraternal experience which coincides with a higher education.

Omega Delta Phi educates its prospective members and actives on matters ranging from sexual assault awareness and prevention to hazing prevention. The brotherhood remains committed to defying the stereotypes that plague our Greek community. Our prospective member process is a dry process and there is zero tolerance for any violations of that nature.

The brotherhood also maintains, through deeds and not just words, their commitment to community service and outreach programs that strengthen the bond between the campus community and our universities. Other Greek organizations take pride in the fact that they serve as philanthropic strong arms where significant amounts of money are raised for different causes. ODPhi takes pride in their hands on approach to service and outreach; the Honorable Knights like to get their hands dirty. They like to go out and interact with the communities they are serving and uplifting through outreach.

In many ways, Omega Delta Phi offers the networking, the tradition and pageantry, the rich history, and the full experience that other mainstream organizations offer their membership. Keeping in line with the honor it brings us to wear these letters and the respect our history is deserving of, as well as the Greek organizations to come before us and after, we wholeheartedly reject the notion that Greek organizations are elitist, prejudiced, and privileged.

Our brotherhood remains steadfast in its mission to have members think outside the box, rather than be confined to a stigma that has, time after time, proven to be untrue. For a service minded organization such as this, a sense of awareness to the world around us is not just encouraged, it’s required.

It is through our dedication to our academics, our communities, and to our growth as individuals and as a family that we reject the stigma associated with Greek life and that we strive to change the conversation from one that focuses on what we do wrong to one that celebrates our accomplishments and contributions.

That change continues to fall on us and as we assume our identities as actives, alumni, and even more importantly so, as prospective members; we will continue to mold and define the future of Greek lettered organizations as a whole. And their very existence.

2017-09-28T04:17:54+00:00