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Here’s How A Month Of Exercise Affected My Brain

It’s been long known that physical activity produces mental benefits, but are all exercises equal when it comes to brain boosts?<p>Recently the <i>New York Times</i> reported on a Finnish study published in the <i>Journal of Physiology</i> that found, as long thought, that physical exercise could have a positive …

Accepting Alcohol

Alcohol use on college campuses continues to be a challenge for me intellectually. As I wrote here a while back, I honestly just don’t know what to …

Beware the Trough of Disillusionment

Thousands of recently initiated first-year students have closed out their freshman years and have started the all-too-short summer march towards …

Responses to Eliminating Pledging

I received some great feedback and opinions from the “No Pledging” post a couple of weeks ago. It helps me clarify my own thoughts to try and respond …

It’s Time to End Pledging

The onset of recruitment activities in fraternal organizations across North America leads to the onset of pledging activities. The former involves …

The Myth of the All-Greek BBQ

You’ve probably been there. It’s the waning hours of a Greek retreat, at which representatives from all of the fraternity and sorority groups at a …

I Refuse to Go Alumni Status

A simple idea occurred to me while attending a fraternity’s international convention. Like most conventions, the attendees were largely undergraduate …

The Inception Point

I recently saw the movie “Inception,” and I highly recommend it. Inception is the story of Dom Cobb, who is a special kind of thief that can enter …

A Woman's Touch

One morning about three weeks ago, my 4-year old, who would typically go to school with bedhead that would make Don King jealous, emerged from the …

Defiance in Our DNA (Part Two)

<b>Accepting Pathways in the Grass</b><p>The campus groundskeeper stood at the top floor of the administration building and looked out the window. The building …

The Legacy of the Great Snowball Rebellion

<b>As Fraternities and Sororities, Defiance is in our DNA</b><p>Unless you are reading this from Guam, chances are you have been impacted by snow this winter. …

Greetings From the Back Row

Greetings from the back row.<p>I’m the brother you hate. I’m apathetic. I’m lazy. I’m the one who contributes nothing worthwhile, except an occasional …

Greetings From Behind the Podium

<b>Guest essay by a recent college graduate</b><p><i>The author of this post wrote the following after reading a previous post of mine: Greetings from the Back</i> …

Retreats that Work

Man, I love retreats. In terms of team dynamics and organizational flow, there may be nothing better. My staff team probably wishes I didn't love …

Is it Hazing? Just Ask.

<i>National Hazing Prevention Week is September 22-26, 2014. Go here for more information.</i> <br>When challenged to eliminate hazing from new member education …

First Graduate, Then Initiate

I am an advocate for eliminating pledging from the fraternity experience - an idea that gets a lot of opposition whenever it gets raised. …

Visual Values

I had the privilege recently - through my job at Kiwanis International - to travel to Fort Knox, Kentucky and visit the U.S. Army installation there. …

Road Warriors for Fraternity

I'm called many things. Field staff. Field rep. Traveling consultant.<p>No matter what you call me, I know what I am in my heart.<p>Road. Warrior.<p>And this …

Approachability Matters

For many years, I’ve been confident in what I feel is the single greatest leadership skill. Without it, I tell students and adults alike, no leader …