Joys Of Further Education – US Fraternity Life
- Publication: Loaded April 2010
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Joys Of Further Education – US Fraternity Life
said University life was all about intellectual enrichment, and studiously
advancing career prospects ?– there’s also important stuff going on, particularly
in America, where Fraternity houses at all the top colleges practice all the
significant virtues of student life- beer, cable TV, drinking games, girl
fights, billiards, weekly parties and umm, beer.
houses are mini communities of a “brotherhood,”.groups of students living
together who provide an organizational sanctuary for one another in a share(or
fraternity) house situation. In order to join, as a new “pledge,” you usually
need to be referred by an existing member or brother. From there there’s a
secret ritual before you pass and join, probably a knowledge test, a tar and
feathering or a spanking with a wooden bat, which probably wasn’t considered
homoerotic when the ritual was devised about 60 years ago.
1978 US movie Animal Hose immortalized the whole frat house lifestyle.
Overweight, permanently drunk, repulsive to women, golf obsessed, and
scholastically inept, iconic comic actor John Belushi’s character Bluto
typified the frat boy mentality.
impersonation of a zit while provoking a new pledge in the film captures the
true frat boy spirit. Bluto-:” See if you can guess what I am now. [puts a
scoop of mashed potatoes in his mouth and hits his cheeks with his fists and
spits it out – “I'm a zit. Get it? This in turn starts a food fight that
engulfs the school cafeteria. There s also a myriad of practical jokes,
drinking and fighting in the movie not that far removed from fraternity life
today where the timeless mix of testosterone, beer and general
irresponsibility ensure weekends are still a wild time in the average frat
house 30 years later
Kappa Phi, is one of 65 fraternity houses comprising the “Greek community,” at
the esteemed private University Of Southern California (UCLA) in upscale
Brentwood in Los Angeles, they’re called Greek due to the name ( letters of the
Greek alphabet). About a ten minute walk from the central campus, the
impressive white three story house accommodates 30 house members. Its complete
with all the vital necessities, in house chef, pool table, four wide screen TVs
hooked to cable on various levels and five bathrooms.
the implied luxury the kitchen and bathrooms still look like something from a
council estate squat, mould, dirty dishes, empty bottles and beer cans,
cardboard toilet rolls and discarded clothes strewn throughout. It seems all
that metrosexual cleanliness stuff is a tad emasculating for the Pi Kappa Phi
president Jeff Looby says the cleaner was late due to an off term break and
the house is generally a picture of health, “you could perform a surgical
operation in here usually,” he claims. Asked about the party phenomenon at the
house, he adds, “frat parties at the house are mainly all about blowing off
stress from study and having fun. Each different frat house usually has its
own personality or reputation. The campus usually has five or so top houses
students gravitate towards every week and people play with different themes
types of music and stuff, sometimes its more clubby and sophisticated sometimes
more sporty and rustic.”
far as the identity of Pi Kappa Phi, Looby says pranks are something the house
has been big on. “We’ve had some guy s Fedexing a person’s entire possessions
to another location, people dosed and drugged and dumped in the middle of
nowhere like Palm Springs desert or on a beach in north California. Ive heard
some house dosed a guy and put him on a plane to Greenland once, he had to get
his parents lend him the money to get back.”
terms of wayward behavior going to far, Looby says most members adhere to
rules, though things sometimes go too far. “The drunk and casual stuff is
generally standard though people can be thrown out of the house for
disrespectful behavior. That might involve being rude to women or to other
house members stealing or hard drug use out in the open.”
Pi kappa house member Matt Johnson, an economics major offers his insights, “
It’s a fun life, though it an get obnoxious . I like the fraternity and the
guys but some of the newer dudes can get a little carried away with the whole
bro attitude thing. We are after all supposed to be tertiary level students
not average morons, so I’ll hang out for the house party about once a month ,
other than that I prefer clubs or out with my girlfriend, I get a monthly
allowance from my parents so I can afford to do that, Ive also got a pretty
handsome ride ( a new Merc) but a lot of the other guys in the house aren’t so
cashed up so I guess it makes sense that they would keep things in the house and
adhere to a budget.”
Pi kappa dude Ryan Bordan, a biology major adds his perspective of house life,
“Its pretty cool we have things called Raids which is basically hitting a club
with an allied sorority house, that’s the female equivalent of a frat house.
Im really focusing on study now as a business major, so I don’t have the time
for a part time job, so the lifestyle here at the house is great for me, I
always hook up with chicks at our parties which is about every second week, in
between im on th case to I just mix it up at other parties on the campus or go
night I choose to attend is the first Friday party for the start of the 2010
semester. There are around 600 people present, gobbling Mexican Tecate beer
and cheap vodka (generously supplied by Loaded ). The ratio of girls to guys is
equal and a racial mix, black, white Latino. Im inevitably challenged to a
drinking game that sees four girls pouring the contents of beer from separate
cans into my mouth simultaneously, thankfully the girls are painfully cute so
the process is worth enduring, though a little chilly in the end with one
seeming to intentionally miss my mouth and cover me head to foot with beer, my
clothes are soaked.
of the beer pouring babes, Cherry and Sonja are from a neighboring Sorority
house ( that’s the female equivalent of a frat house), they are regulars at Pi
Kappa Phi and come at least a couple of times each month. Cherry confides, “Im
in my second year and its fun and generally safe, I know all the dudes here and
they look after me, there’s always good music and lots of booze and it’s a five
minute walk home, so its all good.”
for Cherry and Sonja some after party posing on the bonnet of a car turned a
little sour when the girlfriend of the owner seemed to resent them. Some name
calling leads to pushing and shoving then Cherry, a dangerously tall black
girl with a mean right hook chases their challenger down the street, the pair
fall to the ground, fists and abuse flying, a fair share of hair pulling also
transpires, of course we ever vigilant Loaded folk remain rooted to the spot
snapping shots and relishing every detail – purely for your benefit loyal
readers. You’ll notice Cherry’s deft pugilistic skill ( pictured on top) she
emerged victorious from the fracas before the cops arrived
not all Frat parties are wholesome affairs leading to random courtship and
dancing. There’s a less than pretty side of fraternity life, a sordid and
obviously dangerous phenomenon that can cause upset, injury and even death.
Last year at rival university USC (University Of Southern California) vice
president for student affairs, Michael L. Jackson, announced the suspension of
fraternity house Lamda Chi Alpha. The fraternity is suspected as the location
of sexual assaults against three women Wednesday morning. One 19-year-old
woman said she passed out at a Lambda Chi Alpha party and awoke to find herself
partially clothed. the woman claims she drank punch that may have been spiked
with something besides alcohol. The alleged assaults occurred during the
fraternity's Watermelon Bust an annual six-day philanthropic fundraiser.
September three UCLA students and four other people were arrested in connection
with a melee at an off-campus fraternity party that left three students. One
student was stabbed in the abdomen and required surgery. A second student was
stabbed in the arm but did not require hospitalization. A third was hit over
the head with a bottle. The fight broke the morning of Sept. 22 at a party
hosted by Lambda Phi Epsilon, a fraternity that was on probation at the time
after an incident last fall that involved an altercation with members of
another fraternity over "male and female relations,"
a Frat house on the University of Michigan campus back in March 2007 The Phi
Sigma Xi fraternity, known informally as Phigs, was indicted in response to
sophomore Arman Partamian's alcohol-related death by Livingston County District
Attorney Tom Moran vowed to crack down on binge and underage drinking on and
off campus. Moran noted that providing alcohol to underage drinkers is a Class
A misdemeanor - unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree - punishable
by up to a year in jail. Allegedly, the fraternity sold alcoholic beverages to
several underage students at its official residence
University Of Michigan frat life might be a tad dodgy. Also last year, at a
neighboring Frat house Omega Psi Phi party an 18-year-old freshman student, was
shot at a Saturday night frat do. According to Michigan Police Department Sgt.
Ed Dreslinksi. “The shooting resulted from an argument on the dance floor. Two
dancers bumped each other, and one grew angry because he believed he had been
bumped too hard. After a short fight, an unidentified shooter drew a gun. He
fired once into the ceiling. His second shot traveled wide of his target,
striking the uninvolved freshman in the arm.
this modern day frivolity is quite tame really compared to the hardcore stuff
that went on back on the day. In 1959, the pledges of Kappa Sigma were taking
part in a hazing ritual that involved the young men to stand before a buffet
table where a tray with raw liver was presented. The pieces of liver, each
about the size of a club sandwich, were soaked in oil. Six pledges were made to
swallow the liver without chewing it. One pledge attempted to swallow the
liver three times without success. On the fourth time, the liver lodged in his
throat. An ambulance was called, but the attendant was not told about the
liver, the pledge died at the hospital less than two hours after he began
choking. The incident was inspiration for the movie Fraternity Row and
definitely a pointer to the virtues of campus vegetarianism
how do you brighten up this chaotic mix of warm beer, bad dancing, loud
music,and disinterested women? - raucous drinking games of course – here’s
some old favorites and not so familiar twists on old themes.
around a table or playing ground that you and all participating friends can
comfortably fit around and play.
goal of the game is to bounce a quarter off the table or hard surface into a
medium sized drinking cup filled with beer .
is no set amount of alcohol suggested to put in the cup, so decide how quickly
you want to feel a buzz and go from there.
rules are as follows:
If a player misses, it becomes the player to the lefts turn.
If a player makes a shot, he/she chooses who will drink out of the cup.
If a player makes 3 consecutive shots, that player can make a rule.
There are no limits to the rules that can be named. Be creative and have fun.
game is always being changed to fit the standards of the players. Create your
own version of this game and play with your friends. There is no limit to the
amount of players that can join. a few games of beer pong. LOADED SUGGESTION
–Spice things up by swapping the beer for 100 proof Tequila or vodka
Pong is a drinking game in which players throw a ping-pong ball across a table
with the intent of landing the ball in a cup of beer/water on the other end.
The game typically consists of two two-to-four-player teams and multiple cups
set up on each side set up in triangle formation. There are no official
rules, so rules may vary widely, though usually there are six or ten plastic
cups arranged in a triangle on each side.
goal of the game is to eliminate the other teams' cups before one's own cups
are eliminated. When a ball lands in a cup, which are generally 1/4 to 1/3
full, that cup is eliminated and the defending team must consume all of the
beer inside that cup and any other cups knocked over.The losing team must
consume all the beer remaining in the winning team's cups.
PARTY ORANGE PASS: Players in the fraternity or toga party line up into two
teams rotating boy, girl, boy, girl, etc. The first person places the orange
under his chin. The next person grabs the orange using only using her
chin/neck. No using your hands! This repeats until the orange gets to the last
person. Which ever team finishes first wins LOADED SUGGESTION - Substitute
the orange with another object such as a broken bottle , brick short lit
candle or live pigeon
you'll need to know the rules of the Gallon Challenge. They are simple;
The contestant must drink one gallon of milk within one hour.
Once the gallon has been consumed, the contestant must hold the gallon down for
the remainder of the hour (can not throw up until the hour allotted is up).
The contestant loses if they vomit before the hour is up.
The milk has to be at least 2%. It can also be flavored.
The contestant can only consume milk within that hour. There is no eating food
or any other drink for the hour.
people try drinking the entire gallon within the first 10 minutes of the
challenge. This is a bad idea, and you will throw up. The average stomach has a
capacity of 1 liter. A gallon is approximately 3.785 liters. So you can see why
it is a bad idea to chug the whole gallon at once.
is best to go slow. Spacing out the gallon is what many winners of the past
Gallon Challenges have done. 4 cups every 15 minutes would space the gallon out
evenly. If you start to feel sick, and don't want to throw up, stop drinking
milk. It's better to admit defeat than have it start "raining milk".
of winning this challenge is stomach capacity. If you know you have a large
stomach, and can consume more food than most people you know, you have a higher
chance of winning the Gallon Challenge.
you manage to drink the entire gallon in under an hour, and you are just
waiting for the hour to be up, DON'T MOVE! Putting as little stress as possible
on your body will help you win. Hard laughter will tighten up muscles around
your stomach, causes you to get sick. Jumping or running around will obviously
make you sick. It's best to just sit down, relax, and wait out the hour.
remember to relax, don't chug quickly, and take the entire hour to drink it.
Good luck! LOADED SUGGESTION- Eat four kebabs and a serving of chips first OR
Swap the milk for Vodka OR Guinness
FRATERNITY GREEK ALPHABET: Frat parties can be wild, raucous, and generally
good times, specially if it includes a good party theme! When you’re recreating
that mood with your themed party, you’ll want to remember those college days
with a few games. Try “Greek alphabet?” Set this up ahead of time by writing
the names of all of the Greek letters on strips of paper. Include other strips
of paper with made-up names. Then each person chooses a strip of paper and
tries to decide if it’s a letter of the Greek alphabet or a nonsense word.
Since the letters of the Greek alphabet have strange-sounding names (Ro, Sigma,
Kappa) it will be entertaining to watch people try to pronounce them and
distinguish them from the other words.//
SUGGESTION – Boring ! Avoid at all costs or try blindfolded
PARTY TEAM CHALLENGE: Give each toga wearing team a bandana, a basin with
water, and a bucket. Put the basin at the start line and the bucket at the
finish. The Fraternity team which manages to bring the greatest amount of water
to the bucket, wins the game – LOADED SUGGESTION - Substitute the water with
paint or animal blood
Written by Craig