Q: What is the meaning regarding being "real" or "paper"?

Q: Which method is better?

Q: What is an underground line?

Q: What is meant by the term, "black balled"?

Q: What can I do about pledging if the Chapter at my school is suspended?

Q: In relationship to Phi Beta Sigma and Zeta Phi Beta, what is meant by "true family"?

Q: So the Alpha's & AKA's, Delta's & Omega's, & Kappa's & SGRho's aren't brother/sister organizations?

Q: What's the distinction between an "Omega Man" and a "Que Dog"?

Q: Why the DOG image?

Q: Was Alpha Phi Alpha the first Black Greek-Letter Organization?

Q: Why do Black Greek organizations put each other down and not strive for unity?

Q: Why are organizations labeled with stereotypes?

Q: Why do Black Fraternities & Sororities employ Greek letters, instead of an African based alphabet?

Q: Are Fraternities & Sororities high classed gangs?

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Q: What is the meaning regarding being "real" or "paper"?

A: "Paper" is a term used to identify a Greek Fraternity or Sorority member who didn't pledge. This person became a member through either an intake process, or by joining a Graduate/Alumni Chapter.

"Real" is a term used to identify those persons who underwent the pledge process. During the pledge period they learn rituals, secrets, history, and tests of Brotherhood & Sisterhood through the teachings of the dean of pledging.

*Please note: "paper" is also a term of disrespect and warrants trouble when thrusted upon the identity of someone who considers themselves "real." Additionally, in all states and institutions of higher learning, pledging is illegal and that you and others run the risk of university expulsion/suspension and possible criminal prosecution.

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Q: Which method is better?


A: Understand that just because one chooses to be "Paper" doesn't mean they love their organization any less than someone who pledged or is considered "Real". If you feel in your heart that taking wood is an expression of how serious your intent is regarding pledging, then I suggest you reconsider the reason why you are pledging. The issue is not "paper" or "real" but education and process. There are both positives and negative benefits to pledging.

POSITIVE BENEFITS:


NEGATIVE BENEFITS:

That is ultimately up for you to decide.

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Q: What is an underground line?


A: In the 80's before pledging was banned, if there was a line, everyone knew who was pledging. Now it's more less a secret. An underground line can exist for example, when a Chapter is suspended, but they pick up a line off the record. An underground line usually warrants trouble and confusion. The process is null and void in the eyes of nationals and you run the risk that your paperwork will not be processed. The National Office considers that you don't exist if you were on an underground pledge line.

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Q: What is meant by the term, "black balled"?


A: "Black balled" or "balled" are terms used to describe situations when a person doesn't make line for certain reasons or is not voted in by a majority vote by current members.


TOP 5 REASONS WHY YOU MIGHT GET BLACK BALLED:

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Q: What can I do about pledging if the Chapter at my school is suspended?


A: 4 options

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Q: In relationship to Phi Beta Sigma and Zeta Phi Beta, what is meant by "true family"?


A: "True Family" is a term used by members of Phi Beta Sigma & Zeta Phi Beta for they were the first and only constitutionally bonded Greek Fraternity/Sorority, brother/sister organization. Sharing the several of the same cardinal principles within each respective organization. Sigma & Zeta both share the same colors, creed, symbols from their shields, and the namesake of the PHI BETA. They are true originators of the terms "Frat" & "Soror".

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Q: So the Alpha's & AKA's, Delta's & Omega's, & Kappa's & SGRho's aren't brother/sister organizations?


A: Formally the Greek organizations above aren't Brother/Sister or Frat/Soror. But each holds a mutual alliance to each other.

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Q: What's the distinction between an "Omega Man" and a "Que Dog"?


A: An "Omega Man" is the namesake term bestowed upon members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. once it's members cross the burning sands. A "Que-Dog" is a mythical term used to identify pledges while on line during the final stage of the pledge process. It's important to understand that "Que Dogs", canine calls, and camouflage paraphernalia doesn't directly reflect the entire outlook of the organization as set in the guideline by the Grand Chapter.

*Please note* Never address or call a member of Omega a "Que-Dog" for it is rather disrespectful. In essence "MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS PRIVILEGES!"

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Q: Why the DOG image?


A: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. does not have, nor has it ever endorsed a mascot of any type to be representative of the organization. So why do so many Omega Men like the "dog" image?

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Q: Was Alpha Phi Alpha the first Black Greek-Letter Organization?


A: Although credit is given to Alpha Phi Alpha as being the first and oldest Black Greek-Letter Organization. It must be known that Alpha Phi Alpha is the first to organize successfully and expand into new Chapters. Who was first?

So in light Alpha Phi Alpha is the first to successfully grow, and is the oldest to date. But Sigma Pi Phi(Graduates) and Gamma Phi(Collegiate) were the first.

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Q: Why do Black Greek organizations put each other down and not strive for unity?


A: Unity amongst Black Greek letter organizations was first implemented in 1930 at Howard University. In this year The National Pan Hellenic Council was formed as a governing body to aid organizations in a bond of common causes. Although some members do take Greek life too seriously, it is important to realize that these persons have missed the entire purpose of their founders and the organizations goals for the "upliftment of the black race". Each organization does employ chants and steps that may seem disrespectful in a Non-Greeks eyes. But it's merely a competition, a rivalry to keep each other on their toes. But each Fraternity and Sorority has a mutual understanding and respect for the others, it's just most of the time Non-Greeks don't see that.

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Q: Why are organizations labeled with stereotypes?


A: Everyone who has heard all the stereotypes of each particular organization. It is important to realize no matter which particular organization you choose to go into, you will have an image to uphold. Organizations have long been misconceived for various reasons. It's up to the members of these Greek organizations to convince the public that the misconceptions are of false attributes.
But if a Non Greek person views one person doing something, then they attribute that image or act to the entire organization. You shouldn't judge or dictate an entire frat or Sorority on the basis of one member. Look beyond the misconceptions and see what they're truly about. Are they about business and community service. Or are they about looking cute, acting a fool in public, and wearing letters. Then that should be an organization you shouldn't want to join. You learn your ways, from traditions that have been handed down during the pledge process.


Members of Greek-Letter Organizations, remember theres a little truth in every lie!

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Q: Why do Black Fraternities & Sororities employ Greek letters, instead of an African based alphabet?


A: The origin of Greek letters can be traced back to the first Fraternity Phi Beta Kappa. It is important to understand that the Greek writing system and philosophies has connections to Africa, particularly Egypt. The Greeks went to Africa and stole the writings, philosophies, and lifestyles of the Egyptians. Although each organization does employ Greek letters the objective of the Fraternity was founded with the use of Greek letters. So in keeping with the tradition that constitutes the reasons why.
But each particular organization employs some type of reference to Africa within the organization. To become Greek you should know the history that not only did the Greeks study in Egypt, but Jesus & Moses did as well. Also understand the concept of Phonetics and it's creators the Phoenicians.

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Q: Are Fraternities & Sororities high classed gangs?


A: There are many arguments whether or not Fraternities & Sororities are gangs. This basically refers to the said similarities of the Black Greek pledge process and the gang initiation process. This statement is totally false. Fraternities and Sororities are NOT gangs in any way, shape, or form.
Burden of Proof:

  1. Fraternities & Sororities provide a service to the public vs. gangs are a threat to the public.

  2. There are apparent leadership roles within Fraternity & Sorority members. vs. gangs have no vision or leadership roles in the community.

  3. In order to join a Black Greek Fraternity or Sorority must be pursuing a college degree vs. typical gang member not pursuing a college degree.
Please note* that some gang symbols and hand signs coincide with some Black Greek Fraternity or Sorority symbols or hand signs.