• Worried About Haters? THRIVE!
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    By Brad Mitchell (Blog #11: Lifestyle)


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    For some odd reason, in these days and times, one of the few ways you will know if you are doing something right in life is by knowing whether you have haters. A person claiming to have haters is very common.  Personally, I don’t care that much about the matter directly, but I learned a long time ago that I was different in the sense of how I look at life and view the world.

    The degree of validation people gain from knowing that someone is living day to day with hate towards them is quite alarming to me. The glorification of haters is at an all-time high in my opinion, but I feel as though there are deeper matters that require attention and awareness.  There is one aspect in regards to the Hater -vs.- The Hated relationship that really blows my mind. It seems these days that the hated do more investigation on their haters than their haters do back on them.

    I have heard conversations where people will give out so many specifics about their haters that it really leaves me in amazement. Government names, current addresses, places of employment, number of kids they have, vehicles/ license plate numbers & on a few rare occasions, social security information. My response to this is…(CLICK HERE to Read More…)

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  • Are Fraternities and Sororities In Danger of Extinction?
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    By Lisa M. Bryant, M.Th (Blog #10: Greek Life)


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    Yes, it is true that Greek Letter Organizations have been in existence for  239 years. And yes, it is true that every U.S. President and Vice-president, except two in each office, born since 1825 have been members of a fraternity.  And yes, it is true that a U.S. Government study shows that over 70% of all those who join a fraternity/sorority graduate, while under 50% of all non-fraternity/sorority persons graduate.

    But what is happening to the reputation of the 21st century GLO and the rich legacy that these fraternities and sororities have?  Is it affecting new membership?  What is happening to the current membership?

    Unfortunately, the reports of hazing, alcohol and sexual abuse that are plaguing fraternities and sororities have sparked concerns among university administrators and politicians.  In fact, a South Carolina State Representative, has proposed that congress create a database “where violations, arrests and investigations linked to fraternity and sorority activities at the state’s public colleges can be(CLICK HERE to Read More…)

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  • Mirrored Image of the Past
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    By Tavon Harris (Blog #10: Lifestyle)


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    I see myself in people, the thoughts the vision and even the lack of confidence that is covered and molded by attitudes and insecurities. Our negative world teaches us to not be kind, but to be selfish and cruel. The greatest challenge I faced was humbling myself and learning that it’s not what happens to you, but how you respond. That’s everything.

    Inevitably something is going to happen an life takes its course but it’s a different feeling knowing despite what people think about u you continue to be you and do good. I believe I was chosen to live this. No one knows what plan is in the works and I can already see it manifesting. I just hope that ignorance doesn’t stop their growth, the growth of a race, or the growth of endless knowledge to which we are exposed.

    As a writer, and even more now as a thinker, we are a a critical part in history. A part where we are viewed as the new age, the “millennial” of present day, which allows my mind to imagine the many works we can do together. I am inspired to do more for our culture and community, why you may ask? It’s simple, genetics! We are descendants of Kings and Queens. The help that we need is not money or houses or jobs. It’s the…(CLICK HERE to Read More…)

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  • Wisdom Wednesday: Keep Going!
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    By Brad Mitchell (Blog #10: Lifestyle)


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    If you are like me, then you have the habit of being so focused on where you want to end up in life that you don’t pay enough to the things you are encountering right now in your present.

    We are all very aware of our potential and where we WANT to be professionally, educationally, financially and even family wise. It’s pretty much the basis of why we do the things we do and make the decisions we make.

    One thing that we can’t forget is that we are living LIFE. Life has the crazy ability to make us love things when everything is going well and hate things when all hell seems to be breaking loose in our lives. It’s our human nature to feel this way and its foolish to think that you haven’t felt this way at some point in your life.

    I am a firm believer in the relationship between the heart and the mind. These two entities embody the essence of who we are. Our minds create the thoughts and ideas that we physically carry out. Our hearts determine the magnitude of the effort shown in those areas. It takes time for the relationship of the heart and mind to be on the same accord. We often find ourselves in(CLICK HERE to Read More…)

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  • Strategic Planning
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    By Lisa M. Bryant, M.Th (Blog #9: Greek Life)


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    Strategic planning is an organization’s process of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy. It may also extend to control mechanisms for guiding the implementation of the strategy.” (Wikipedia)

    Today, fraternities and sororities are faced with the same dilemma that their founding fathers and mothers encountered but in a different capacity: “The winds of change”. According to GreekPages.com “fraternities and sororities were established to provide opportunities for freedom of speech, to encourage leadership, racial pride and academic excellence”. The leadership of the 21st century GLOs once again feel that wind. It’s good to feel change and want to change. But Benjamin Franklin says, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”

    So leader, what is your plan?

    Your fraternities or sororities can benefit greatly from having strategic plan. These plans answer four questions for the GLOs(CLICK HERE to Read More…)

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    Lisa M. Bryant, M.Th.

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  • Why I Chose to Be ‘Greek’
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    By Lisa M. Bryant, M.Th (Blog #8: Greek Life)


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    When I was thirteen, my friend Sharon who was my big sister at church, got accepted to Glassboro State College.  She would tell me about her experiences and about her classes.  One Sunday, she told me that she was an Iota Sweetheart.  I had no idea what she was talking about.  She told me that the “Iotas” were a fraternity and she was the little sister.  She was so excited about being affiliated with them and I looked forward to our Sunday morning talks.

    Fast forward to when I was a freshman at West Chester State College (later West Chester University).  I met a fellow freshman, Charity, who told me that she was going to pledge Zeta because her mother and sister were both Zetas.  Again, a sister was CLUELESS.  The only thing I knew was my new friend was excited about this sorority.  So, my journey began.

    During my life at WCU(CLICK HERE to Read More…)

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  • To Snitch or Not to Snitch? The Dilemma of A Leader.
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    By Lisa M. Bryant, M.Th (Blog #7: Greek Life)


    To Snitch or Not to Snitch? The Dilemma of A Leader.


    Dartmouth has recently formed a new task force on hazing, the most recent addition to the multiple committees already addressing problems on campus.  The question is, given how the school has treated Lohse, will anyone ever come forward and speak truthfully about the culture of abuse and degradation perpetrated by the fraternity system? Lohse doubts it.  ‘The message this sends is, ‘Keep your (expletive) mouth shut.’  And that’s pathetic,’ he says.  ‘If someone dies in a hazing incident next year, my saying ‘I told you so’ is not going to bring that person back. It’s not inconceivable that it could happen – people get hurt all the time at Dartmouth.  But no one will ever talk again.” ~ Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy: Inside Dartmouth’s Hazing Abuses.

    This is just one example of a Greek-letter organization member/leader who took a stand by saying, “no more” and then reported it. Because of his actions(CLICK HERE to Read More…)

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    Lisa M. Bryant, M.Th.

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