Club & Greek
- Category: Volume 87 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)
- Published: 30 September 2015
- Written by JOHN DIXON | CONTRIBUTING WRITER
On Thursday, Sept. 24, students across campus were invited to challenge the biggest contenders in the Kappa Gamma chapter of Delta Tau Delta and Delta Phi chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma in a jousting tournament. Held in The Quad, any person who felt tough enough could enter the ring and call upon a challenger, be it a non-affiliated member or a Greek.
Upon signing a waiver and release form, competitors dressed in color coded headgear and foam batons gathered in an inflatable battlefield.
Greek life at Monmouth University consists of a massive council of organizations that each have their own personality, goals, and values. Their overall contributions shape the Monmouth community in such a way that Willow Hall was almost made Greek housing. Events such as this are often meant to include students outside of Greek organizations as well.
The events promote an understanding of Greek ideals, so there is a better understanding of what makes a fraternity or sorority what it truly is, not just a social club.
At the jousting event, non-affiliated individuals were able to ask the fraternity brothers and sorority sisters questions on how they see the Greek system.
Sophomore education major and DTD Brotherhood chair, Matt Yard, organized the jousting tournament. “I feel [Greek] events are integral to the overall structure of the community because Greek life often brings people of various backgrounds together. Reaching out to residents is extremely pivotal, they’ll be able to understand what my organization stands for and believes in,” Yard said.
Community events at Monmouth have recently been pulling in large amounts of people of [varying personalities]. Professor Stuart Rosenberg, an associate management professor at the [Leon Hess Business School] highlights the importance of how these events expose students to foreign elements.
“The jousting event is a wonderful way to build camaraderie that is transferable to other activities requiring teamwork, such as philanthropy,” said Rosenberg.
On top of meeting friends, jousting could be considered a gateway of inspiration for people to become more involved with organizations that play a role on campus, some day in the hopes of being able to contribute significantly themselves.
“I feel that as people become more involved, it allows them to have different life experiences. For me it was Greek life,” said Carly DeRosa, a junior business administration major and sister of Phi Sigma Sigma.
PHOTO COURTESY of Matt Yard