Going Greek is good, but non-Greek life might be even betterBy KHANT MINN
Being part of a fraternity is great. There is nothing comparable to living with one’s closest friends—those whom one can call brothers—in the same house. One will always feel safe knowing that he doesn’t have to worry about whom he should hang out with. One knows that his brothers will always be there for him when he gets into some kind of trouble.
On the other hand, not being affiliated with a fraternity also has its own merits. There are at least three. First, one doesn’t need to pay to have brothers. There are many ways to find bosom friends. Although joining a fraternity is one of them, some poor college students may not be able to afford to pay a few hundred dollars a year—and there are quite a number of such students. Just going around smiling and being nice to everyone may be a better way to find good friends.
Second, one doesn’t need to participate in rituals to feel a sense of belonging. While the rituals involved in Greek life sound interesting and fashionably attractive, they demand a fair amount of time and devotion. Those practices may be able to make the bond among the members of the brotherhood stronger, but they are not inherently necessary in strengthening a comradeship. Real friends are like the two eyes on your face. They do not have to see each other to help each other out.
Third, one has the freedom to judge someone based on personal merit without prejudice for or against him or her. It is not to say that when one is in a fraternity, one doesn’t have such freedom. It just means that one has the tendency to be more objective when one does not have a Greek affiliation. For example, you are in a fraternity and two of your friends have a role; one is in the same fraternity as you while the other is in a different fraternity. In such cases, you are more likely to form judgments in favor of the one who is in your fraternity. You might be able to form more objective opinions if you are an “independent.”
To sum up, as it is the case with many other decisions one has to make in life, one will have to weigh the opportunity costs of choosing one over the other when deciding whether or not one should join a fraternity. For some students, Greek life may be the most educating experience during their college career, but some may be better able to take advantage of the academic and non-academic opportunities as independent students.
Like father, like daughter; she’s a chip off the old blockBy ERNIE HEAVIN
Nothing brings more joy to God than being a Father. Although He will not force His will on anyone, it is His passion for us to be adopted into His family through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:3-5). Who would have thought this all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe would derive so much joy from being a divine parent to us all, lifting us up to His cheeks as a mother would her infant (Hosea 11:4)? So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that one of His daughters, Elaine Barnes Bateman, is the epitome of the proverbial saying, like Father like daughter.
Elaine is Mrs. Kentucky International 2010. I learned about her on Facebook of all places. When I first saw her picture, I told my wife that some twenty-something-year-old was asking me to help spread the word about her cause. I went to her information page on Facebook and noted what I thought was a typing error, born May 8, 1960. I thought to myself, “She probably meant to type May 8, 1990.” However as I continued to read her profile and saw she had nineteen names under the category of children I suddenly became aware that Elaine is not your typical beauty pageant winner, nor was her cause. Her platform is adopting children and older adults, if you can believe it. Her vision goes beyond the average mind-set that parents are raising children, but that parents are raising parents.
As of date she had adopted 12 young adults into her family. And being a chip off the old block, she practices what her Father preaches —religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world (James 1:27). In her own words, being a contestant in the Mrs. Kentucky International pageant has opened numerous doors for her publicly, being able to speak on behalf of a whole generation of young adults that cannot readily speak for themselves; older young adults with no family heritage. Every day, hundreds of young people leave Kentucky’s foster care system and begin their life’s journey with no family support from which to draw.
As Kentucky’s representative, she is now able to share their plea to be a part of someone’s family with people from every segment of Kentucky’s population. To help create awareness for adopting younger and older children in Kentucky Elaine is hoping Kentucky will distribute adoption license plates which at this point will require nine hundred individuals to fill out an application. To date, Elaine has four hundred and fifty. Well, four hundred and fifty-one. I sent my application and check for $28.00 in last week. If you would like to learn more information you can visit her website at mrskentuckyinternational.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to do something really great in 2010 or wonder who God the Father thinks is the greatest, consider the words from His Son: “Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the way?’ But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.’ Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me” (Mark 9:33-37).