Greek Week Lures Thousands of Students to Cesar Chavez Center

By Ryan Martin, David Rodriguez, and Kyler Knox

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As spring semester begins, new and returning student fill Cesar Chavez with fraternal activities including pies to the face, rollerblading and simulated boat racing.

Many of the students present for the event were browsing the options of fraternities to join. Students like 19 year old freshman Michael Medina took the event as an opportunity to browse their options in what he described as a “brotherhood” to join. When asked what his motivations to join a frat were Michael stated that he was interested in the benefits of the network a frat can get you involved in.

“Joining a frat is not always an easy feat, some taking up to 12 weeks in a grueling selection process followed by a testing initiation ceremony,” according to Pi Kappa Phi member Jonathan Martin.

Greek life has been part of San Francisco State since 1928. There are approximately 45 organizations within the SF State Community as a whole. Greek organizations focus on the overall college experience at SF State.

Besides the pie smashing and boat racing and demanding selection process , other fraternities had a more conservative stance on fraternities including Nu Alpha Kappa a latino based brotherhood.

NAK is a fraternity that stands for brotherhood and acceptance of all ethnicities. They emphasize how many want to belong somewhere and be a part of something greater. Fraternities like this do a good job demonstrating that brotherhood is something that carries on throughout your life and you will have your brothers just a phone call away at all times.

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Arturo Gomez, 21 from Milpitas, CA, a current member of NAK went into detail of benefits he has gained from being a member of such a tightly bonded group. He stated, “Being part of a brotherhood has been the best experience of my life, the bonds I made through my time here will forever be with me.”

Another organization that was in attendance of Greek Week was Koinonia. Koinonia is a Christian group designed to have fellowship with God and others that are interests ted in this topic.  This group forms an intimate environment to study the bible and share college experiences. Lance Garrovillas is a member of a Christian group at Grace Point Church and has been a member for 2 years, advocating for acceptance and belonging. He felt compelled to join this frat because of the fact that they are very open to all perspectives and viewpoints, and wanted to be a part of a group that welcomes him for who he was rather than what he could offer the group. “Instead of putting up barriers, let’s get together and break them down.” His Christian frat embodies this mentality of breaking down barrier and lead by example.   

He is just one example of how supportive and resourceful fraternities can be when they stick to what the true purpose of one entails, rather than just the social hierarchy of life.

Many of the students present for the event were browsing the options of fraternities to join. Students like 19 year old freshman Michael Medina took the event as an opportunity to browse their options in what he described as a “brotherhood” to join. When asked what his motivations to join a frat were Michael stated that he was interested in the benefits of the network a frat can get you involved in.

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