Through years of perseverance, a number of male students have succeeded in getting the college approval of the first official fraternity at Cabrini College. This milestone is one that many students in years past have tried to obtain, but have never achieved. Alpha Delta Gamma, the fraternity’s chapter, has finally convinced the college to give its approval to a fraternity.
Because Greek organizations often are believed to foster exclusivity and carry the stereotype of frat-house behavior, it is understandable as to why it has taken so long gain approval. Nevertheless, this fraternity has molded its mission around five key components: service, social, school spirit, scholastic and spirituality.
We congratulate the fraternity on its achievement because of all of the hard work and determination put in to obtain official status on campus. The fraternity is also seeking a new goal: an on-campus residence. The Loquitur supports the fraternity’s request to occupy the vacant Dixon house as its residence. The men have organized and fulfilled their task to serve the community both inside and outside the gates of the college. They believe their mission would be more effective if they lived in the same residence.
The college has Living and Learning Communities to allow students with the same interests to live together and engage in activities on a particular theme. Similarly, the fraternity house can offer its members ways to explore their goals theme together in a communal living situation.
This fraternity encourages and represents Cabrini’s mission statement that is “dedicated to academic excellence, leadership development, and a commitment to social justice.” Considering their social group follows the mission of Cabrini, shouldn’t they be able to reside on campus and carry out these commitments?
The Loquitur sees living together as a way to promote not only camaraderie but also an environment that allows peers to build their futures on the same moral standards.
We should encourage the concept of a fraternity house on campus as an appealing selling point for prospective students, a way for student peers to study and interact together on a regular basis and most importantly as a place where the members can organize for the common good.