The phrase “Men of Honor” is extremely important in Phi Kappa Sigma, and as Phi Kaps, we are taught to exemplify this in our personal and professional lives. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Alpha Theta Chapter), we live out this phrase both as Phi Kaps and as Badgers every day. However, at UW, Greek life is not as popular among students as it is on other campuses due to many students having a negative view of Greek life. At the Alpha Theta Chapter, we have decided to challenge this stereotype by representing our chapter, our fraternity, the Greek community, and the entire campus in a positive way, starting with recruitment. When we recruit, we start by looking for potential members who have personal connections to current members in our chapter. We have found that brotherhood in our fraternity is more intimate because of the way we recruit, and this has led to positive experiences for not only the new members but for the entire fraternity. Some of our recruiting events include going to a comedy club, where a brother has performed during open mic night, and a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game, giving us the great opportunity to get out of Madison for a day and really get to know the potential new members. We have also built brotherhood through fun social events like going to a trampoline park and going mountain biking, ice-skating and paintballing. We have also been active in philanthropy, hosting a blood drive and winning a dodgeball tournament, which benefited both St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and our own Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. We also hold study sessions once a week to encourage a strong emphasis on academics and have a mentorship program in place that connects current PKS members with PKS alums from UW. Another important aspect that makes the Alpha Theta Chapter unique is The Crypt, our giant shared living room where we hold chapter meetings and events likeweekly study sessions and brotherhood dinners. It includes a conference room, a kitchen, and a wall-sized projector screen. The Alpha Theta Chapter has big aspirations and we are confident we can succeed in changing the stereotypes of Greek life at the University of Wisconsin-Madison by acting like “Men of Honor” every day.
Matt Davis (Alpha Theta, Class of 2017).