As part of an all-campus project, resident assistants Erick Hetland’12 and Kyle Bohere’14 are profiling members of the campus’s Greek community. Profiles will appear here in the Terrarium, in the Round Table, and in the mail center.
Name: Jonathan VanTreeck’13
Greek Initiation Semester: Spring 2010, Tau Kappa Epsilon.
Why did you join? Part of the reason I joined was because of the diversity among the TKE members: to me, there are athletes, poker stars, potential comedians, World of Warcraft heroes, and everyone in between. Also, I felt like of any Greek organization on campus, TKE had the most down-to-earth guys.
Did you originally think you would join Greek Life? No. But to be honest, I had no expectations.
Favorite thing about Greek Life? When we do Rush events and basically any time where I get to wear a suit and tie.
Favorite Greek memory? Mine was easily two weeks ago when we did a successful cook-out: great food, good company, lots of Frisbee, and the Slip’n’Slide wasn't bad either...
Common misconception you had about Greek Life? A common misconception I had was that it's mainly for "jocks" who hibernate in their Greek cave. This misconception has changed for me, since I joined—especially with IFPC, BSC, and Res Life. I believe there is a fair amount of Greek representation within those student groups.
What does Greek Life provide to campus? Besides social events and a fun time, it provides fundraisers open to those on and off campus (i.e. TKE 3-on-3 basketball tourney). Additionally, it provides all-campus programming events (i.e. "Mr. Beloit," run by Kappa Delta) and the opportunity for a social and academic support network for those interested in Greek life.
Final message about Greek Life? It is what you make of it. Also, keep in mind your misconceptions regarding Greek life and remind yourself that it is in fact different at a small liberal arts school than a large, state university—which, in my opinion, is where the common stereotypes derive from. Overall, Greek life has the capacity to change you in more ways than you'd think.