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Meet the Greeks: Hannah Ireland and Christopher Nakamoto

RAs Kyle Bohrer ’14 and Eric Hetland ’12, for their RA All-Campus Project, will be bringing you profiles of different Beloit College Greeks. The aim of these profiles, which will appear here in the Round Table, on the Terrarium, and on the Mail Center TV, is to break down misconceptions of Greek Life and help the wider the campus better understand just what Greek Life is all about.

Hannah Ireland'13. Photo courtesy of Hannah Ireland.

1. Name: Hannah Ireland

2. Year: 2013

3. Major: Creative writing

4. Greek Initiation Semester: Spring 2011

5. Why did you join?: A friend brought me to a couple rush events and the women of Theta Pi Gamma seemed really cool. Not only was this confirmed throughout the pledging process, but I began to really understand the meaning of being in a sorority and being welcomed into Theta.

6. Did you come to Beloit knowing that you would want to join Greek Life? No. I came to Beloit with a negative perception of Greek Life.

7. What is your favorite thing about Greek Life? The meaningful activities we do, like starkeeper and morale events that enforce the bonds we have formed as a sisterhood.

8. Brief description of your favorite Greek memory: The night of my initiation. That is when it really dawned on me what a special experience was in store for me.

9. What was a common misconception you had about Greek Life? Has that changed? If so, how? Hazing, which I wouldn’t say is a complete  misconception because it happens on other campuses.  But I would say that it doesn’t really happen on Beloit College’s campus.

10. What does Greek Life provide to campus? A sense of belonging, bonds, and a lot of academic help. Each Greek house is comprised of a multitude of majors, all of which are willing to help a sister or a brother out, and we also have study hours. We also hold a lot of events for non-Greek women and men as well as participate in a lot of community service events.

11. Any final message you give campus about Greek Life? Beloit Greek life is like no other and when given a chance I think most would be surprised by what a positive thing Beloit Greek life is.

Christopher Nakamoto'13. Photo courtesy of Christopher Nakamoto.1. Name: Christopher Nakamoto

1. Name: Christopher Nakamoto

2. Year: 2013

3. Major: Chemistry

4. Greek Initiation Semester: Spring 2010

5. Why did you join? One night I was visited by a bunch of Phi Psi guys in suits. They gave me and half the people on my floor an engraved card which invited me to their induction.  I decided I would attend and see what it was all about. Whether it is with other Phi Psi’s on campus, alumni, or other Greeks, Phi Psi helps to make connections.

6. Did you come to Beloit knowing that you would want to join Greek Life? No. Greek life wasn’t even on the radar.

7. What is your favorite thing about Greek Life? The best thing about Greek Life is having a way to connect to people. There are the obvious connections to alumni and other Phi Psi’s, but Phi Psi has also given me the ability to connect to other fraternities and sororities. For instance, while studying off campus in Tennessee I was able to connect other Greeks from Coe College and Waubash and share in stories about our respective pledging processes. GreekLife.edu is one such shared experience. Greeks everywhere are required to take an online course designed to teach responsible choices for insurance reasons.

8. Brief description of your favorite Greek memory: My favorite memory as a Phi Psi is sitting on the 810 porch, listening to a Phi Psi’s radio show, and just talking to brothers and friends.

9. What was a common misconception you had about Greek Life? Has that changed? If so, how? A common misconception I had about Greek Life is that it was loud, drunk, and full of hazing. Now though I see that Greek Life can still be loud and drunk, but it will never force you to do something against your will and that includes being loud and drinking.

10. What does Greek Life provide to campus? Like any other campus organization Greeks are expected to provide something to campus. Phi Psi does this by hosting professor talks, organizing charity events, and serving in campus leadership positions just to name a few roles.

11. Any final message you give campus about Greek Life?  Greeks are more inclusive than exclusive.

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