Probably, Beta Theta Pi is the organization that got me most excited about joining in my first year at Denison. It’s a fraternity compiled of Men of Principles. Now, to tell you all how I got selected for a bid and initiated as a member is going to be too long. From the early days that I met the other 11 guys in my pledge class to the day of initiation was a hard-fought process for each of us, with multiple rituals to follow, stories to tell, and brotherhoods which get bonded. To sum up, here is the testimonials letter that I read during one of the rituals before we get initiated to all members of the fraternity. It sums up how I feel about this organization:
Early April of last academic year was a pretty busy time for me. Coming back to school after an overloaded week of Spring Break with Leadershape, I was so ready to make a change on campus. And I decided to run for a position in Student Senate, under the biggest and most powerful student-run organization on campus: DCGA. Standing for Denison Campus Governance Association, DCGA covers everything from setting rules and adopting policies, to funding organizations and proposing changes to the administration. The election happens annually during the spring semester for the presidency and vice-presidency, along with 8 senators for each class year.
The Asian Culture Club is a multicultural club which celebrates the Asian cultures within the Denison Community. Countries represented include China, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, etc. The biggest event that the club organizes during an academic year is the Lunar New Year Festival. Last year, the Vietnamese performed a song together to celebrate our new year, and it was a lot of fun. Here are the pictures from the festival:
Model UN stands for Model United Nations, a group of students enthusiastic about international politics and debate in a collegiate level. I first heard of this concept when I was in high school (Rabun Gap does proudly have a strong MUN team, led by Dr. Marion Trustlow). Anyhow, I didn’t participate in it because of other sport commitments during that time.
Habitat for Humanity is another DCA committees, one that is in the same level with HOPE and Legal Aid. It is a group that build houses for the people to advocate for social development through hands-on physical labor. Last Winter Break, they had a trip all the way to Salem, NC to build houses. I bet that sounds fun (I was busy doing Break Away at the time).
Once again I have to mention DU Lead, because thanks to participating it, I was recommended Sustained Dialogue by Joshua Goldman and Sunder Willet, two of the club advisors, and later talked with Michaela Greiner, SD’s president at the time. Interestingly enough, I signed up for this group with the initial intention of making friends and finding my nice, and it did me just that.
University Programming Council, or UPC, is the main programming organization on campus that organizes and creates events and activities for the Denison student body. Unlike the Leadership Fellows, I see UPC to be a more casual yet still engaging group. I will be the Assistant Director of Lectures for UPC next year, working along with my Director Trishna Desai to bring guest speakers to campus (we are planning to bring the ex-Prime Minister of Norway to Denison, so get excited people!)