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About Fran Becque, Ph.D.
Welcome! Chances are good you found this blog by searching for something about fraternities or sororities.
The history of Greek-letter organizations (GLOs) - fraternities and sororities - is one of my great passions. I was the last person anyone would have suspected of joining a sorority in college. I am sure I would have agreed with them, too.
When I made my way to Syracuse University, I saw the houses with the Greek letters that edged Walnut Park, and wished I could tour them. My roommate suggested I sign up for rush (as it was then called, today it’s known as recruitment) and go through the house tour round and then drop out of rush. It sounded like a plan. I didn’t realize that I would end up pledging.
In this blog I will share the history of GLOs and other topics. I wrote a dissertation on “Coeducation and the History of Women’s Fraternities 1867-1902.″ It chronicles the growth of the system and the birth of the National Panhellenic Conference.
My Master's thesis details the history of the fraternity system at Southern Illinois University Carbondale from 1948-1960. The dates are significant ones and the thesis is available on the top menu.
I have done research at the Student Life Archives and have written several histories of University of Illinois fraternity chapters for the Society for the Preservation of Greek Housing.
Other topics having to do with higher education also come into play. P.E.O., a Philanthropic Education Organization, was founded as a collegiate organization. I am a P.E.O. and I like to talk about its history. Colleges with which I have a personal connection - Knox College, Mount Holyoke, Washington and Lee, University of Michigan, Syracuse University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, to name a few - also find their way into these posts.
Thanks for dropping by! I hope you’ll follow my blog. We who enjoy fraternity and sorority history need to stick together. I put together a Pinterest board about fraternity and sorority history. It is at pinterest.com/glohistory/.
Tag Archives: hazing
Being a member of a Greek-Letter Organization entails certain responsibilities. A member is expected to take part in the activities of the organization, serving in the day-to-day life of the chapter. A member is expected to be responsible for him/herself, turning … Continue reading
Today marks the beginning of National Hazing Prevention Week™ (NHPW) sponsored by hazingprevention.org. Each year, the organization also honors those who speak out against hazing with the Hank Nuwer Anti-Hazing Hero Award. For the current and past winners of the … Continue reading
There is no universe in which I condone fraternity hazing. As a mother and as someone who believes deeply in the ideals of the fraternal world, I find hazing to be abhorrent to everything that should fraternity and sorority life. I … Continue reading
It’s National Hazing Prevention Week. This year it began on September 21. My twitter feed is full of “These hands don’t haze” memes. It’s not a coincidence that the week happens when many students are assimilating into Greek-letter organizations. Hazing has no place … Continue reading
I didn’t have a post planned for today. I’ve been running hither and yon and I need to cross about a dozen items off the list for today. When this came across the twitter feed, I knew I had to … Continue reading
When is hazing not hazing? It’s never not hazing, but apparently when professional sports teams do it, it doesn’t matter. “Rookie Dress Up Day”? Come on professional sportsmen, let’s stop the hazing! HazingPrevention.Org Retweeted PhiPsiPhunPhacts @pkpfacts 9h9 hours ago PhiPsiPhunPhacts Retweeted … Continue reading
This week began the 6th annual #40Answers twitter campaign for the 40 days leading to Hazing Prevention Week which will take place from September 21-25. Each day, HazingPrevention.Org (@PreventHazing) and Sigma Nu Fraternity (@SigmaNuHQ) will post a commonly heard excuse … Continue reading
What if all you knew about fraternities and sororities you learned through films, television and through the news? Would you allow your son or daughter to join a Greek-Letter organization? I certainly wouldn’t. (“Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to … Continue reading
Happy 144th Birthday to Syracuse University! The university celebrates its anniversary on March 24, the date the Board of Trustees signed the University charter and certificate of incorporation. If it was possible to time travel, I’d like to go back to … Continue reading