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Average fraternity GPA declines

Published 2/6/19

Zac Thomas

TNE Writer

The fall semester of 2018 proved to be a difficult semester for fraternity life. No fraternity made it above the all men’s average which has been used as a recruiting tool in previous semesters. Though this gives a bleak outlook for Greek life, the fraternities say they have plans in place to help recover their academics.

“Fraternities are first and foremost a social club,” said Kolton Lynn, Sigma Tau Gamma president. “We like to say a fraternity exists to better men's collegiate experience.”

Lynn said it is very important fraternities equip men for the future. Once members graduate they are expected to be successful and represent their fraternity as a lifelong commitment. While in college, all members should be held to a high standard which benefit them long after they graduate.

Many chapters have scholarship chairs that overlook the fraternities academics and create a plan to uphold the GPA of the fraternity. Many chapters hold this position very highly due to the importance of grades in regards to membership.

“I think our GPA has been neglected because we have been so focused on rushing a big class rather than recruiting based on high school GPA, involvement or leadership ability,” said Kade Moore, Pi Kappa Alpha scholarship chair. “We are not finding out if potential new members will really be able to benefit us after their initiation.”

Moore continued and said the issue is not that student grades suffer from being involved, but the reduction in fraternity GPA is from accepting anybody into the fraternity.

“Whenever we start having more respect in ourselves in that regard, more people will start respecting us,” said Moore.

Moore also said people have not had this perception about sororities in the past. He said if fraternities payed more attention to GPA scores when recruiting, they could defeat the perception that fraternities negatively impact a member’s academics.

“Sororities have built themselves up to that respect to the point that it is a culture at NSU,” said Moore. “Whenever a girl comes to NSU they want to be in a sorority because that is the thing to do at NSU.”

Moore is also the IFC vice president of education. One of his goals is to build up the status of fraternity life at NSU for the betterment of each chapter. Moore wants to see drastic changes by the end of his time at NSU because Greek life has already been so impactful for him.

“Having a high GPA will shine through to the faculty of the student body,” said Moore. “They look at that and recognize that the fraternity is not a burden to the university, and in the end it benefits the university and community. Having a low GPA just reinforces the stereotype of fraternities only care about partying, and that’s hurtful to the recruitment of potential members that could help recover the GPA.”

Fraternities are known for being highly active in the student body. Most fraternities require all members be involved in at least one other student organization.

“I think that a lot of the problem comes from us being so involved on campus,” said Brandon Miller, Kappa Sigma scholarship chair. “Some people may think that we don’t do very much, but there is a lot that people don’t see.”

During the semester fraternities often have philanthropy events, socials and fundraisers that consume their time. Though in order to participate in events like Greek Sing, they must meet a minimum grade point average.

“Fraternities need to keep a good GPA because we are all in college to graduate with a degree,” said Miller.

For more information about fraternity recruitment or GPA requirements, email Autry, IFC fraternity recruitment vice president, at autrye@nsuok.edu.


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