Don't Believe the Stereotype
I am Craig Tollini, an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and I will be starting my tenth year at WIU in the Fall. I am one of two advisors of Theta Xi Fraternity. I am going to briefly talk about why I decided to be a chapter advisor, what I do for the chapter as an advisor, and how being an advisor has helped me. This is Theta Xi Fraternity from a chapter advisor's view.
I became part of Theta Xi when I was conducting a research project on fraternities at the same time they were looking for an advisor. After some time the brothers of Theta Xi asked me to be their advisor, I accepted in Fall of 2008. Not knowing exactly what to expect as I really only knew the fraternity stereotypes. Anyway, I quickly learned my job as the chapter advisor. I have responsibilities including, communicating between the chapter and our national organization and helping to ensure the Constitution and By-Laws are followed. Assisting the leaders and other members of the chapter to make and enforce their own rules and resolve any problems or conflicts though one of the central goals of the chapter, democratic self-governance.
Before becoming involved, I knew very little about what a fraternity actually was and is, even in my undergraduate years. Although my university did not offer greek life I still was not interested because of the stereotypes associated with them. However, with my research I was very surprised at how the stereotypes of fraternities often do not actually apply to them. After taking on this new job I started to get to know the brothers which has also helped me stay in touch with students here at Western, which I truly believe has allowed a more socially in tune classroom environment .
I also urge anyone undergraduates or parents that are still on the fence about what greek life has to offer please feel free to email me, I'd be glad to answer any and all questions. My contact information can be found here.
Dr. Craig Tollini
Theta Xi Fraternity-Kappa Theta Chapter, Advisor
It changed my life, can it change yours?
Hello, my name is Charles Smith and I'm currently the chapter president. I am going to touch on why I rushed, what I do as a president for the fraternity, and how joining this brotherhood changed my life. This is Theta Xi Fraternity from the chapter president's view.
As chapter president I preside over all chapter events. It is also my responsibility to oversee all meetings and to enforce the Constitution and By-Laws. Personally, this title means that ultimately the success or failure of the chapter falls on me. I take that responsibility seriously and with the help of my brothers I strive to "Build Better Men."
I joined Theta Xi because instantly when I walked through the door the brothers treated me like their own. Theta Xi is a house were everyone has their own image we don't fit the "frat" image that most incoming students have in their heads. My most memorable moment with Theta Xi will be initiation. It's an amazing feeling to be accepted into an National Organization where you have brothers all around the country. Joining Theta Xi has been by far the best choice I made in college besides joining the military. Theta Xi has developed my professional and social skills, and also offered me a "home away from home."
Theta Xi Fraternity-Kappa Theta Chapter, President
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