Every year Fraternity men give hundreds of hours of service and raise thousands of dollars to support many different worthy causes. Most chapters support both local charities and their national organization’s philanthropy. For some local projects, University of Missouri Fraternity community involvement is the largest single instance of volunteer participation in their programs. Mizzou fraternities, and more specifically ZBT, work with causes and programs such as: Children’s Miracle Network, Camp Kessem, Jewish Women International, American Red Cross and a number of local organizations that Greek men and women volunteer at. Mizzou Fraternities have made and continue to make a difference, both on and off campus, through organized service and dedicated philanthropy.
Truth, not stereotypes!
WHAT ABOUT THE STORIES I SEE ON THE EVENING NEWS ABOUT FRATERNITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY?
Nobody likes stereotypes, and over the years, Fraternity men have been caricatured, lampooned, and portrayed in an unflattering manner by movies and television. This is not to say that members of the Fraternity community have not committed heinous offenses against their peers; they have. Yet, when the number of students committing these acts is viewed in the context of the American Fraternal system, they represent less than one-one-hundredth of one percent of the total membership. The media does not play up the positive values of Fraternity groups because they do not perceive these values to have “entertainment value,” but those ideals are much more characteristic of Fraternity life than is the “Animal House” caricature. Fraternities at MU, with the support of both the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Inter-fraternity Council (IFC), are committed to member education programs which instill commitment and pride in the organization, as opposed to the fear and negativity often associated with hazing and alcohol abuse.
Cost & Time Commitment
WHAT ARE THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH JOINING A FRATERNITY AND HOW MUCH TIME IS REQUIRED OF MEMBERS?
It is important that each student who considers joining be aware of the expenses of both initially joining a group, and maintaining membership. Each chapter is self-supporting, funded largely by membership dues and some fundraising. Costs vary depending on individual national dues, insurance premiums, social fees, and house expenses, where applicable. ZBT will provide a payment plan and reduced dues for members with special circumstances. You and your student are strongly encouraged to ask about membership financial obligations.
Scholarships are also available through the Zeta Beta Tau Foundation.
Supporting Their Decision
AS A PARENT, WHAT SHOULD I DO TO SUPPORT MY SON’S DECISION TO JOIN ZBT?
First of all, be supportive of that decision and encourage your student to find out as much as they can about ZBT. Consult with your student as you feel comfortable about this decision, but in the end, let him make the choice that he feels is best for his collegiate experience and personal growth. After that decision is made, talk with your son periodically and ask them about their Fraternity experience. Feel free to contact our Chapter Advisor, Andy Speller, at firstname.lastname@example.org.