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SOC 120 The Fraternity Paper A fraternity as defined by the American Heritage Dictionary is a chiefly social organization of male college students usually designated by Greek letterspg 523 This definition however is very limited and leaves plenty of space for shortsighted people to believe the stereotype conveyed by the popular media where fraternity members are depicted as drunks who accomplish nothing either scholastically or socially Unfortunately both this definition and media portrayals fail to mention the fact that membership in a fraternity is a life-long experience that helps its members develop social organizational and study skills during college and that teaches true everlasting friendship As a matter of fact fraternities have a long tradition of high academic achievement and most of our nations presidents were members of a Greek association According to Irving Klepper the first fraternity Phi Beta Kappa was founded for social and literary purposes at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg Virginia on December 5th 1776 After half a century of existence it became and has since remained a scholarship honor society Throughout the nineteenth century many new fraternities were founded but none of these were permanent Then in 1825 the Kappa Alpha Fraternity now Kappa Alpha Society was born at Union College Two years later Sigma Phi and Delta Phi had been founded at the same college constituting the so-called Union Triad that was in a large measure the pattern for the American Fraternity system By the end of the nineteenth century there were over thirty general fraternities in this country pg 18 Todays fraternities still have all the characteristics and precepts of the their past fraternities the charm and mystery of secrecy a ritual oaths of fidelity a grip a motto a badge a background of high idealism a strong tie of friendship and comradeship and urge for sharing its values through nationwide expansion Klepper pg 18 In addition todays
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