What is a Fraternity?
Fraternity is defined as being group of people joined by similar backgrounds, occupations, interests, or tastes. Fraternities are groups of undergraduate students with similar interests, bound together in an organization to build long lasting friendships. Here at Lambda Chi Alpha, we’re more that that, we’re a family, we’re brothers.
Will the fraternity hinder my academic success?
No, not at all. We believe that the fraternity exists to complement your academic career, not override it. You will find that many new doors are opened to you academically after joining Lambda Chi Alpha. As brothers, we stand by and support each other, if you find yourself struggling in a class, a Brother will always be there to help. Our brothers have a diverse range of majors and chances are, someone has taken the same class you might be struggling in and can provide you with assistance. In addition, we have collected a wide range of study aids to help our members study for tests and quizzes.
Will I be given the opportunity to grow as a leader?
At Lambda Chi Alpha, you are in charge from day 1! You will have the opportunity to hold office from the day you join Lambda Chi Alpha as an associate member. Members are expected to participate in at least one leadership committee. These committees provide members with lots of leadership experience and opportunities. In addition, you will have the opportunity to run for any of our officers positions. The campus has recognized our leadership potential and has put many of our brothers in leadership positions for clubs and organizations across campus. We have more members in OCULeads during the 2004 and 2005 school year than any other fraternity on campus.
How much time will be required of me?
This is depends completely on your willingness to get involved. Like any organization, we have basic expectations of our members, such as weekly meetings and other events. You will be expected to learn how to balance and manage your time between you academic, social and work loads. Academics should always come first. Like anything you do in life, the more you put into it the more you will get out of it.
Should I wait a semester before joining a fraternity?
This is completely up to you. Most people join a fraternity during fall rush in their first semester and the fraternity has helped them acclimate and adjust to college life. Joining early will ensure you have support on campus from day one.
What about hazing?
Lambda Chi Alpha is on the forefront of hazing prevention. Members of Lambda Chi Alpha are expected to respect the dignity of all persons and not physically, mentally, psychologically, or sexually abuse or haze another human being. To further that aim, in 1972 Lambda Chi Alpha abolished the traditional Pledge system and created the Associate member program to prevent hazing. When you join, you will be recognized as an associate member of Lambda Chi Alpha. Associate members have full and equal rights in the chapter, including voting privileges and the ability to hold office, attend all meetings and functions not pertaining to the ritual, and wear the letters and regalia of the Fraternity.