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Speaker Tells Greeks 'Buy In or Get Out'

Photo by Lori Andrews
All Greeks take a picture with keynote speaker David Stollman.
Danielle Thomas
Arts & Entertainment Editor

   David Stollman spoke to the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s fraternities and sororities in the Gibson University Center’s Green room Tuesday, April 4, as a part of Greek Week.

   Stollman, a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and an assistant chapter advisor to Alpha Sigma Tau, gives his “Buy in or get out” program on fraternal values, standards and what to do about those who break them 125 days a year.

   “I believe Greeks are amazing; they are the best thing going on at college campuses,” Stollman said.

   Stollman talked of the purposes sororities and fraternities uphold. Bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood, developing leaders, academic excellence, community service and moral behavior are all standards upheld by greek organizations. He asked the audience to think about how the morals have changed in their groups.

   Stollman pointed out typical stereotypes others give to Greeks. He asked the fraternities to give general stereotypes of sororities and vice versa. He suggested some ways to stop the stereotypes. One suggestion was to not post pictures on Facebook.com that shows the organization in a bad light.

   “Grad schools, admissions offices and jobs look at what groups you are associated with and the pictures of you on Facebook,” Stollman said.

   Another point Stollman hit on was hazing. He said hazing won’t achieve brotherhood or sisterhood.

   “If (the Greek organization) selects the right man or woman, they won’t need to haze them,” Stollman said.

   He said if Greeks want to be supported at their schools, then they need to change other’s views of them.

   “You can’t break stereotypes everywhere, but you can shake opinions here at UAM or perpetuate them,” Stollman said.

   Stollman also gave the advice to Greeks to “buy it, don’t rent it.” He said members of a fraternity or sorority should consider themselves members for life because this is the family that they can choose.

   “Don’t just wear the (greek) letters on your chest, but in your heart,” Stollman said.

   All of UAM’s greek life was in attendance and most members found Stollman’s program useful.

   “(Stollman’s program) was interesting, and he spoke from experience. It’s not like he’s a non-Greek trying to tell us how to run things,” said David Crutchfield, a member of Sigma Tau Gamma.

   For more information on David Stollman, go to his Web page at www.collegespeakers.com.

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