What is Brotherhood?

‘Above All Else, Brotherhood’, the motto we hold dear: although we have 6 pillars, the first and foremost is Brotherhood. Moreover, ‘Beta’ in Beta Chi Theta stands for Brotherhood, further emphasizing the primary role Brotherhood plays in our organization. Brotherhood is what sets Beta Chi Theta apart from any other student organization. Our members may join as university students but they join to become brothers for life.
You may have noticed this while listening to our members enthusiastically tout the Brotherhood of our fraternity. And perhaps you’ve wondered: ‘What exactly is Brotherhood?’ It’s an excellent question. Unfortunately, in our opinion there’s no all-encompassing definition of Brotherhood. Words cannot describe the true depth of what it means to have brothers who would do anything for you. Or what it means to care so deeply and strongly about an organization and its well-being. We have a saying: “On the outside, you can’t understand it. On the inside, you can’t explain it.”

Still, we figure we should at least try to explain what it means to be a brother of Beta Chi Theta. So listed below are a few paragraphs, each demonstrating a true event or experience one of our brothers has gone through. Although not an exhaustive list of the many facets of Brotherhood, it will give you an idea of what to expect if you decide to join us.

“BROTHERHOOD is knowing that even though you may trip up here and there, no matter how big or small, there will always be someone who’s got your back and will help you get back up. Over the past two years that I have been a brother, I have had some unpredictable ups and downs with grades, family, and myself. Multiple brothers and alumni, that are not just from my colony, have reached out and helped me bring my grades back up when they fell by teaching me new ways to learn, study, and focus on what’s at hand. They disciplined me for the better and I am still learning from them. They taught me how to control and handle situations and personal issues with my family back home. They are molding a better, stronger, and more confident character out of me that the public will soon take notice of.”

“BROTHERHOOD is being there for your brothers no matter the situation. Friends come and go, acquaintances come and go, but as I believe, Brothers are those who are there for you not only for your best times; they are also the first ones there for you during your worst times. One time, as I was arriving from an airport, I found out that the person who was supposed to give me a ride back home could not make it last minute. At 5 in the morning, I knew that I did not have many options. I then called a brother who was in the area, about a 30 minute drive from his home, and he picked up right away. I started to tell him the situation, but he simply replied, "You do not need to explain yourself; just tell me what terminal you are in and I'll be there in 40 minutes." He did this favor expecting nothing in return; he simply did this because he is my brother, and we are always there for each other, no matter the expense."

“BROTHERHOOD is experienced in the small things that require little effort yet so few people do. The year was 2004 and it was a rough year for me personally but was compounded by the responsibilities that work brought.  One evening, I became extremely ill with stomach ulcers.  It was so severe that I was taken to the Emergency Room by a couple other brothers where I was kept and treated.  I had told no one about it and instructed the 2 other brothers not to mention anything either.  However, one of the brothers did mention something in passing to just 1 other brother from another state.  About a week later, I received a hand written letter in the mail.  That letter was from a brother at the University of Texas.  He wrote me a letter of encouragement, empathizing and sympathizing with my health and situation.  He offered his help to relieve me of some of the burdens I was carrying -- whether that was to do the work himself or just to talk.  In the age of emails and texts, this brother took the time to hand write a letter to me (which I have kept till this day).  It meant a lot to me that a Brother from Texas was concerned for his Brother in California and took the time to do that.  It made all the difference in the world and served as a reminder that our fraternity takes one thing seriously and does one thing better than anyone else on the planet:  BROTHERHOOD.”

“BROTHERHOOD is an experience that stretches across the nation and allows each brother to feel welcomed wherever they go. I have been to every chapter and colony in the Northeast. For each and every one that I visited, the brothers treated me like I have always lived there and like I have always been a brother of their respective chapter and colony. They gave me their apartments to stay at, took me out to places I have never been to, bought me dinners, and gave me enjoyable and unforgettable experiences. They gave me a sense of unity that is unlike any other.”

And that is why we will always hold brotherhood above all else.

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