As all of you know ATO is the National leadership Fraternity and in such I would like to share some warming news about the chapters current members who have excelled to great heights this year showing how much they are being noticed by the university. The Order of Omega which as you know represents the top 10% of the Greek community has invited several brothers into this years initiation class. Those brothers include, Jake McGee, Sean Kelley, James Gutowsky, and Shane Rankin. Most of which also received the ATO Scholarship. The initiation ceremony will be on October 30th at 5 p.m.
Sam Houston State University’s enrollment continues to grow and break records, with campus officials estimating that about 17,618 students are attending SHSU this fall.
That number accounts for a 2 percent growth over last fall, when enrollment was 17,214…
Read the entire article at The Huntsville Item.
After a very successful fall 2011 rush week, we were able to pick up fifteen great new guys:
- Ian Cottle- Cypress, Tx
- Derek Lacaze- West Columbia, Tx
- Colby Singletary- West Columbia, Tx
- Mitch Lundquist- Cypress, Tx
- Jonny Herrera- Freeport, Tx
- Alex Jones- Bethalto, Il
- Matthew Mann- Cypress, Tx
- Juan Macias- Houston, Tx
- Kyle Cuccia- Cypress, Tx
- Blake Skweres- Cypress, Tx
- Grey Wichmann- Houston, Tx
- Brady Cullen- Livingston, Tx
- Jake Matcheski- West Columbia, Tx
- Briggs Milburn- Georgetown, Tx
- Cosme Alonzo- Dallas, Tx
Sweetheart Karon Crouch shared this short video with us from yesterday’s Bid Day festivities. Ruh Rah!
Last night made me realize something. Since returning from Iraq I’ve wondered why I am on edge, cranky, and agitated. People have been fascinated and quizzical as to how many people I have killed and what it’s like over there. I can only speak for myself, but would like to try and make people who have never “been there” understand. To me it’s quite simple:
- Killing an enemy combatant is easy. There is no remorse because he was trying to end your life and would have taken another’s later down the road.
- Saving a wounded individual is the most fulfilling. Making sure that person receives the life saving measures to go back to his family gives one a feeling that is indescribable.
Brother Mac Woodward has filed to run for the Mayor’s Office in the upcoming City election after incumbent Turner has decided not to seek another term. It would take an idiot to run against such a distinguished gentleman as Mac and local slum lord / Village Nut, George Russell, has filed to be an also ran. Let us know what we can do to help Brother Mac.
“For all the negative press about fraternities and sororities, no one else does as much as they do to raise awareness about issues that matter,” says T.J. Sullivan, a nationally prominent campus speaker. “No other community on a campus comes close in learning about issues.”
“As I travel the country speaking to student leaders about stereotypes,” he says, “I find a great number of students who, with their national organizations, are pressing for a return to the true mission of fraternal organizations — those being service and philanthropy, academic excellence and being good stewards to the campus community.”
Like it or not, the college Greek system is not going away. But there is far more there to like than some may want to admit. A student affairs administrator told me recently that for all the growing pains that he associated with Greek life, members tend to have higher grade point averages, higher graduation rates, higher starting salaries than their less-connected counterparts, more enduring college friendships and a higher rate of giving to their alma maters.
The graphics (artwork by Danny Davis) for Brother Lash LaRue’s (ZM class of ‘79) Embassy skateboards are DONE. This deck is a tribute to all the Armed forces out there. Lash LaRue was part of the 80’s ZORLAC street crew. He’s our EMBASSY Street Fighter, He’s a commando, A sniper, part the 101st Airborne, an all round hero and skater. 100% skateboarder for LIFE, CONGRATS LASH!
Brother JJ Perry makes his debut in Kevin Fowler’s latest Music Video!
Look for JJ at 2:57 and 3:18 in the video!
I recently stumbled across an online copy of ATO Thomas Arkle Clark’s book The Fraternity and The College. The book is a collection of essays and papers written by Clark on the topic of Fraternity Problems. I’ve only had time to skim a few pages, but, I wouldn’t be surprised if Clark’s 1917 text provides a few insights for today’s men.
I also found a TIME magzine article from 1931 which illustrates a side of Thomas Arkle Clark which was never covered in my propylon. Enjoy.