Spring 2013- Issue 4
PR Committee: Brittany Beachle Christian Unkenholz Delilah Mulgannon Areli Fisher Marika Cleto
Victor He Lee Meller Quinn Weber Madeleine Durbin
Alpha Phi Omega has done so much for me and has impacted my life in more ways that I could count. I never imagined that I could care about so many people, do so much service, and learn so many leadership skills within 2 years of my college career. The skills and experiences I had here at Syracuse as a part of Phi chapter will resonate with me not just in my past, but in my future as well through leadership, friendship, and service. When it comes to leadership, I have been able to expand my horizons on how to be a good and effective leader. In Alpha Phi Omega, I have held a variety of positions (from E-Board, to Family Head, to serving on a committee) that have helped me develop my skills in communication, planning, and interpersonal skills. In addition, I have taken a few of the LAUNCH courses (which I highly recommend you do before graduating) within the last semester. These courses taught me a number of techniques and tools that I hope to implement in my classroom (in case you do not know I am planning on being a Social Studies Teacher for grades 7-12). These classes also allowed me to practice skills and techniques I already had, such as being assertive and being able to see situations from an outside perspective. I know that I will continue to develop these leadership skills as I journey forward toward my future. From pledging to my graduation, friendship has played a crucial role in my experience in APO. I was able to make friends during my pledging with pledges and brothers that I know will last a life time. In addition, I made amazing friends with the pledges following my semester who I have become very close with, and hope to remain close with even after I leave. Through my time in this brotherhood, I was able to witness how friends help out one another through the best times, and through the worst times. I know that after I graduate, the brothers of Alpha Phi Omega, my friends, will always be there to support me even when I am not physically there. Let me say that I would have never expected to see myself doing so many different types of service in college, and I love that I was able to do so many types. From giving food to families, serving food to those less fortunate, helping the elderly, working with children, to helping horses who compete in competitions there are so many kinds of service. And there is more than just
this kind of service as well. Service does not mean just doing one type of service for one group of people in one singular area. It is doing whatever you can to help out people who need it the most in any place. I know that I will hold this true and do whatever I can to help out people as I venture forward in time. I am hoping to become an advisor of a Key Club or another type of community service organization in whichever school I may work in so that different types of service can be performed (aside from the typical food/ clothing/school supply drives). Looking at how much APO has impacted me, I am glad I chose to rush, pledge, and be a part of Alpha Phi Omega because of everything that I have done and learned as a brother. I will demonstrate my leadership, my friendship, and my service in the future.
Looking Back and Forward: How Alpha Phi Omega Has Prepared Me For Life Outside of College By: Lee Meller
A Year in the Life of APO- from Pledge to Brother By: Madeleine Durbin
Over the course of this year, APO has played a significant role in my life on campus. From going through the pledging process to experiencing life as a brother, I have learned that there are many ways to be a part of APO, and no matter how you choose to be involved, you will always be welcomed with open arms. In the fall, I decided to join my roommates as a brother of Alpha Phi Omega. They’d always had such positive things to say about APO, and I was excited to discover a new way to get involved on campus. However, I didn’t expect to make so many friends outside of the people I already knew in the fraternity. However, everyone I met and spoke with during my interviews, fellowships, and family get-togethers was so incredibly nice and welcoming! I suddenly found myself with more friends than I knew what to do with by the time I finished pledging! Everywhere I went on campus, there was a friendly APO face to smile and wave to, and it helped make campus feel a little smaller and a little more like home. This semester, as a brother, I have loved feeling like a part of something bigger than myself. Although this may not be a new feeling, I always enjoy feeling it and APO certainly helps us to feel as though we are connected to our campus, the city, and the world as a whole, because service is one of the best ways we can connect to the world around
us. APO reminds me that everyday that there is a world outside our campus, and that we have a responsibility to that community. The important part of that thought is the “we” because as a brother of APO I never feel alone; I have so many new friends that I can turn to, to sit with in class and say hello to on campus. Whenever I feel alone, APO is always there in some form or another, reminding me how many people there are present to support us all. That is the beauty of being part of a community and a brotherhood.
The Transition By: Quinn Weber
When people think of the word “fraternity” they think of brotherhood naturally, seeing as the word fraternity literally means brotherhood. Coming to Syracuse I was no stranger to the concept of brotherhood as I considered my high school friends my brothers. After coming to college I found that it was necessary to establish a second brotherhood though did not know where to look immediately. Right before going to college I got a talk from my mother and grandfather about being involved on campus, a talk that I decided I was too good for and would take care of without the need for advice, that I should look into some organization my Grandfather had been involved in that did not stick with me. After three semesters at college I was still searching for a brotherhood and had very much considered seeking it out by joining the brotherhood my roommate had joined. Eventually I finally decide to pledge Alpha Phi Omega, and eventually initiated into the same brotherhood that a few friends, my old roommate, and ironically my Grandfather. There can be a lot said about having brothers, they will have your back in whatever you are doing and you genuinely know that you will proudly have someone’s back through whatever you go through. Through pledging the brotherhood, regardless of big or family, brothers were extremely supportive getting you through pledging to become just like them. Now that pledging is over and all new pledges will come in learning that they have joined a brotherhood that was with them the whole time. They will keep that tradition of caring and guiding going by subsequently teaching it to generations of Phi chapter pledges and that is your brothers will do for you regardless of “age”, teach you. That is something that echoes through your life when you become a brother; you have the urge to teach the world around you. Whether it is your Grandfather, your APO brothers, and even the pledges as you teach them, people in APO will always care and teach anyone anything especially caring.
From Pledge to Brother
By: Victor He
I first heard about Alpha Phi Omega from a friend of mine and a brother named Jessica Colindres. It was on the day of the last general interest meeting for Alpha Phi Omega. My motivation for joining Alpha Phi Omega was for friends and service, along with the desire of being a part of something big. During my time as a pledge, Fall 2013, I met a lot of interesting and different brothers. I still remember some of the questions that I asked the brothers in the interviews. I really put a lot of brothers on the spot at the time. As I talked to more brothers, I realized that all of us share the common interest of friends and service; we all phrase it differently but this aspect of Alpha Phi Omega is what most brothers are passionate about. My time as a pledge was more steered toward meeting new people and learning about the fraternity itself. Pledge class meetings and fellowships involved meeting new people and learning about their experiences as a person. The transition from Pledge to Brother began with initiation. I learned about family traditions and had a great night with my family and all the brothers of Alpha Phi Omega throughout the night. It was a day to celebrate the accomplishments that this organization achieved to represent leadership, friendship and service and passing these values of the fraternity down to the incoming members. Community service became the focus of my first semester as a brother. Doing community service such as HopeBlitz, Relay for Life, and Family Day of Service is a different experience than just regular community service. Community service with fellow brothers of Alpha
Phi Omega is more social and memorable than just regular community service. These experiences that I accomplish with my brothers are the experiences that I am more likely to remember because brothers induce the friendship aspect of community service. This past Sunday I had Family Day of Service with my family at the fish hatchery. We cleaned out about 8 tanks of fish and transported about 2500 fish from one large pond to another. It involved hours of hard work but I loved every second of it because I had the association of my family throughout the day. Family day of service had every quality of friends and service that I was looking for when I joined Alpha Phi Omega. I was more involved in Alpha Phi Omega as a brother than a pledge. There are more responsibilities as a brother, however the experience will only become more memorable if one has a passion for friends and service.