By Editorial Board
The entirety of this article originally appeared in the Concordiensis on October 2, 1953. The article’s original capitalization and grammar have been preserved.
In less than a week, Freshmen will be faced with a decision, the importance of which cannot be underestimated during the next four years and even after graduation from college.
For the past two weeks, Union’s eighteen fraternities have been at their best in the attempt to impress you Freshmen with their merits and induce you to enter their Brotherhoods. Your choice, as any fraternity man will attest, is a difficult one to make. But they all agree upon the fact that the responsibility is now placed on you.
The advantages a Fraternity might offer should never be undervalued. Besides frunishing a convenient college home and recreation center, the fraternity promotes mutual understanding and leadership among its members. Lifelong friendships develop as a result of associating in the work and enjoyment of these cooperative organizations.
For those who need relief from the burden of college expenses, many fraternities offer financial opportunities through working for the betterment of their houses.
By this time you have had an opportunity to look over at least two thirds of the houses on campus and, while doing this, should have narrowed your interest down to three or four. However, no one of these choices should be considered as the final or ultimate. You will find no single house so outstanding that others seem socially handicapped by comparison.
Your chances of increasing social poise and broadening your outlook by associating with other men are not found solely in the fraternity realm. There are manifold opportunities to develop these intangibles on this campus that are open to all. These situations are easy to find and it is up to each individual to capitalize on them.
It is also advisable to remember, before making your decision, that some students do not need, and often cannot adapt themselves to, fraternity living. Others will find that the Fraternity environment will create an unhealthy balance between study hours and social activities.
Again, if your choice is to join a Fraternity, don’t make it a hasty one. By a thoughtful selection, you can pick through which organization is most suited to your needs and through which you will be able to realize the many advantages that Fraternities at Union have to offer you.
May your decision on Fraternities be as wise as your choice of colleges.
— Robert Chartof