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Meet the Greeks

Kenyon’s fraternities and sororities have their own traditions, legacies and legends.

Published: Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2012 00:11

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When he was an undergrad, Bill Watterson ’80, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, sketched caricatures of Kenyon’s various fraternity stereotypes.

 "One of our sisters who graduated in 2009 passed away about six months after she graduated from a blood clot that she had from the birth control she had been taking," Zeta President Andie Asimes '13 said. "… Last year we hosted a volleyball tournament and we raised about $1,500 and this year we're planning a 5K run."

Sean Kelly was a DKE brother who died in 1990 in a boating accident, and his fraternity brothers have honored him for the past 20 years with a holiday party in Gund Commons for the underprivileged families of Knox County. "The best part is we have to go buy all 386 Christmas presents and we get to go and hang out in the toy aisle of Wal-Mart for four hours," Baker said.

The Sean Kelly event can take anywhere from 20 to 30 hours to plan and produce, which fulfills the organization's entire community service requirement of 15 hours per member.

The Delts do their part with four to five blood drives each year, making them one of the top five donation sites in the state.

"I got a letter last year from the region's director from the American Red Cross saying that we're one of the top five sites in all of Ohio," President Kris Reslow '13 said.

Though the ADs have no community service requirement, they raise money each semester for the New Directions domestic abuse shelter in Knox County by delivering burritos around campus, through a service they call Afterhours.

"We had done a worse version of Afterhours beforehand," said AD President Saphir Glynn '13. "But it wasn't productive and we weren't making much profit for charity. Then basically one of our brothers had this eureka moment and we started the burrito delivery. The key is delivery."

Stereotypes and Membership

Though stereotypically the Delts are swimmers, only three of their 18 members currently swim for Kenyon's team.

"Back in the '80s, there used to be 25 plus," Reslow said.

The Betas' stereotype, on the other hand—that they are football players — holds up. More than half — 14 of 24 — play on Kenyon's team.

Greeks join together in extracurriculars outside the athletics department, too. At least eight DPhis sit on the student lectureships committee together.

"This sophomore class is particularly involved," Vice President of DPhis Benjamin Fritsch '13 said. "Not that every member is actively involved in the planning, but almost 100 percent of us go to student lectureship events and try to support each other."

Kenyon's Greek organizations "all have different strengths and weaknesses. I think they are all examples of different objectives," Mastrangelo said. "… I think Kenyon's Greek life is in a place to have some really amazing things happen to it. It is really a great time to be Greek at Kenyon."

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