Brotherhood exists: the state of my Greek Life

By Wendell Slater
Contributing writer

I am a brother of the multicultural service/social fraternity, Omega Delta Phi. In a recent scathing op-ed, staff writer Steve Likovetz expresses a fear of Greek organizations from the perspective of someone who has never been a part of a Greek organization.

Now, as a broadcast journalism major myself, I understand and respect the opinion piece for its purpose of offering a discussion base for the current state of Greek life nationally. I have been through the process of joining my Greek fraternity; I can tell you based on my experience what my Brotherhood has been like.

A little background on my organization: Omega Delta Phi was founded Nov. 25, 1987, at Texas Tech University. What was originally a Latino fraternity grew to become the multi-cultural organization it is today. Our motto is “One Culture, Any Race.”

My fraternity is one that admires individuals for their differences and cultivates its members to learn to work together commonality and focus on providing a service to our community. An example of such service would be when we helped unveil newly minted plaques at the Veterans Day celebration at the Veteran’s Memorial Park, a park we frequently revisit to help clean up.

Rick Curtis, Omega Delta Phi President volunteering at the Veteran’s Memorial Park Veterans Day ceremony. Rick Curtis is one of the brothers who will serve in the Army after completing his ROTC program. (Photo courtesy of Wendell Slater)

Our Organization is young; we have been on campus for only a couple years at the most, but we hit the ground running, establishing ourselves with the highest organization GPA on campus and have strived to make sure the diversity of our campus is united in a voice through the Multi-cultural Greek Council, along with Delta Phi Lambda and Kappa Delta Chi.

This year has seen a rise in hate-crime related attacks, a racially-polarizing president and acts of homophobia on our very own campus. I believe any organization that represents the power of uniting the voices of culturally different people deserves to be critiqued on its own merit.

When you paint all Greek life to be alcoholic, physically abusive anarchic organizations, you are painting an entire population by the basis of some individuals you hear on the news, and limiting the value real orgs bring to our communities. This is a mistake that happens far too often.

This Friday, the brothers of Omega Delta Phi will be introducing the Beta line of our organization: newly joined brothers whom we got to know this past semester. These brothers I have the utmost respect for; this respect comes from the time personally getting to know these brothers, having them work together on fundraisers and service events.

From left front, around the back in front right: Brothers Shane Davis, Wendell Slater, Carlos Sosa, Roger Hawthorne, Rick Curtis, Alan Moore. (Photo courtesy of Wendell Slater)

Hazing is not a part of the Fraternity experience. Our organization — and every other respectable organization — stands vehemently against such egregious acts. To be a member of Greek life does not mean you permit abuse. I implore everyone reading, do not allow that to be the lens you view Greek life.

I’m a strong believer in the “show don’t tell” mentality. If you are still skeptical in your brotherhood, come check us out at 8:07 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 in the Commons Auditorium.

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