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albinomosquito


Westerville, OH (via Ottoville, OH)

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Comment 09 Jul 2014

That is awesome.  I've lived in Columbus for 3 years now up by Polaris.  I've been downtown less than 10 times.. and most of those were the arena district.  I've moved up to Delaware now so the chances of voluntarily going back down there are slim.  The traffic and the parking alone ruin it for me.  Light rail would make things much easier.  Where do I sign up?

Comment 08 Jul 2014

I loved U-verse.  I would recommend it to anybody that has a choice.

Comment 25 Apr 2014

How can Tucker win COY for 9 consecutive seasons!?  Aren't there rules against that in the B1G?

Comment 24 Apr 2014

Wife and I are looking to attend our first game in the Shoe this year.  A night game seems like a can't miss.  Ticketmaster has Cincinnati tickets starting around $150 a pop.

Any suggestions on where to purchase a ticket at a reasonable price?  Or is that as good as it gets for a night game...?

Comment 11 Feb 2014

I just hope he ends up somewhere that he wants to be, and not where mom wants him to be.  I'd love to see him in S&G but only if it was his choice.  You only get 4 years of college (or 5 if you're lucky {not including masters}), I hope he spends it on a campus where he can truly enjoy it.

Comment 11 Feb 2014

A group of friends and I ran into the cowboy hat guy on High Street once.  He posed for a picture with us, and then afterwards shot, and i'm paraphrasing here, "this is how I make a living, people usually pay me for photo ops", thus shattering my naivety.

Comment 24 Jan 2014

Sorry, I missed the "how".. Not enough coffee.

I was afforded several opportunities through the fraternity that I wouldn't have had otherwise.  For example, I was the president of my chapter, and while that may not seem so impressive now, it taught me a lot about management.  Keeping 50 19-23 year olds under control, maintaining a $40k budget, meeting accreditation (paperwork) deadlines, event planning, etc. while keeping up with a social life and school work.  It was a job, and it was stressful.  And believe it or not, these experiences have translated well to my professional career, though obviously on a much different scale.

That's great that you found those opportunities elsewhere.  The problem is, there are a lot of kids that don't have the drive to find those experiences.  I'm not sure I would have found them had I not found the fraternity first.  Fraternities aren't for everyone, I get that, but unless you've been in the organization putting in the work, I don't see how you can sit there throwing stones.

I'm sorry that you had a bad experience with Greeks.  I'm not trying to recruit you.  I'm simply asking that you not feed the stereotype.  Yes, sororities have their "bimbos" and fraternities have their "drunk frat guys", but the majority of us work very hard to shake those negative images.

Comment 24 Jan 2014

Agreed.  I'm sure any campus club or organization promotes the same bonds.  Football teams, Car clubs, Swim team, Engineering Society, etc.  Most of those campus clubs also require dues to be paid....  It's not the friends that you pay for.  It's the experiences, and I think that's where the Greek life gets lost on non-Greeks.  You only see the Hollywood Greeks that are drinking, and partying, and banging, and what not, but there is much more to it.  I wouldn't have joined either if that was all they had to offer.  

Comment 24 Jan 2014

I have 6 younger brothers and sisters.  I know the difference between siblings and friends.  My fraternity brothers, and my pledge brothers in particular, are some of the closest bonds of friendship that I have ever formed.  They truly are family to me.  My daughter calls all of them "Uncle" and they've earned that right.  And I'm sorry, dating a sorority member is not the same as being in the organization.

From the inside out, it's hard to explain.  From the outside in, it's impossible to understand.

Every group has their idiots.  We (OSU fans) all try very hard to disassociate with the fringe crazys in our fan base.  They get the attention and give the rest of us a bad name.  It's no different for Greek organizations.  95% of us are hard working adults that joined these organizations for the right reasons:  To live the values of the organization, to become a better man/woman, and to better position ourselves for life after college.

Comment 23 Jan 2014

We don't buy our friends, we just lease them for 4 (or 6) years...

But seriously, my fraternity experience was some of the best times of my life.  I made some incredible friends, including 5 out of 6 of my groomsmen.  The networking connections landed me a very well paying internship while in college, and eventually led to my current career.  I met my wife through the Greek system (she was in a sorority).  I had the opportunity to travel around the country to attend fraternity conferences, including leadership seminars, money management programs, alumni networking meet and greets, and philanthropic opportunities, all at the fraternity's expense with the help of scholarships.  Through the fraternity, I gained a valuable support system and a family away from home.  Mandatory study hours and other brothers who shared similar courses of study helped to keep my grades on track.  I was elected to leadership positions within the fraternity which eventually led to leadership positions on campus, which certainly doesn't hurt on a resume.

I loved every second of my fraternity days, and I don't regret the cost one bit (and it really wasn't that much).  Regardless, I think the values and experiences that I gained were well worth it.

By focusing on the social activities only, you simply add to the stereotypes of fraternity men/sorority women.

 

  • There are over 9 million Greek members nationally
  • Of the nation’s 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by fraternity men.
  • 85% of the Fortune 500 executives belong to a fraternity.
  • 40 of 47 U.S. Supreme Court Justices since 1910 were fraternity men.
  • 76% of all Congressmen and Senators belong to a fraternity.
  • Every U.S. President and Vice President, except two in each office, born since the first social fraternity was founded in 1825 have been members of a fraternity.
  • 63% of the U.S. President’s Cabinet members since 1900 have been Greek.
  • A National Conference report shows a high percentage of the 4,000 NIC fraternity chapters are above the All-Men’s scholastic average on their respective campuses.
  • A U.S. Government study shows that over 70% of all those who join a fraternity/sororitiy graduate, while under 50% of all non-fraternity/sorority persons graduate.
  • Less than 2% of an average college student’s expenses go toward fraternity dues. (U.S. Office of Education)
  • Over 85% of the student leaders on some 730 campuses are involved in the Greek community.
  • 1 st Female Senator was Greek
  • 1 st Female Astronaut was Greek
  • All of the Apollo 11 Astronauts are Greek
  • Over $7 million is raised each year by Greeks nationally
  • The Greek system is the largest network of volunteers in the US, with members donating over 10 million hours of volunteer service each year
  • 71% of those listed in “Who’s Who in America” belong to a fraternity
  • As Alumni, Greeks give approximately 75% of all money donated to universities
  • There are 123 fraternities and sororities with 9 million members total
  • There are 750,000 undergraduate members in 12,000 chapters on more than 800 campuses in the USA and Canada

http://thefraternityadvisor.com/greek-life-statistics/

 

Educate yourself before making an ignorant comment.

Comment 08 Jan 2014

Summed it up nicely.  It's pretty frustrating to see the opportunities squandered.  I hate second guessing the coaching staff, because hey, I'm just some drunk guy sitting on my couch, but everybody saw it.  

 

We'll miss you Hyde.

Comment 13 Dec 2013

Better yet, they'll use both of their first round draft picks on QBs.  Johnny Manziel and Kenny Guiton.