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The pros and cons of Greek life

The pros and cons of Greek life

With nearly half of the students participating, Greek life is prominent in the lives of TCU students. Some students shared how Greek life affects the campus environment and their college experiences.

Rising senior, Grace Toups, said a lot of people in her family have been in Greek organizations.

“My mother actually attended TCU and was in a different chapter house than I currently am now and just after seeing their experiences through their Greek life and all of the connections and friendships they made, I knew that that was going to be a great starting point for me,” Toups said.  

TCU football player, Garrett Wallow, is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. He said their events focus on community engagement and relationship building.

“We host events like, for like the community to really come together for fellowship with each other,” Wallow said.

All potential members of Greek organizations go through a recruitment process. While it differs for each organization, graduating senior, Danielle Bradford, who is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., said she wouldn’t change anything about the recruitment process.

“Rush is kind of an interview where you go and you see other people who are doing it for the first time and you learn about the chapter you’re trying to get into and the sorority.”

Not all students join Greek organizations. Rising junior Rachel Barnes said she remains an independent mostly because of the high cost.

“Additionally, the kind of social life that comes along with that is not what I grew up with because academics comes first and with those kinds of societies, you have to balance those things and most of the time, the Greeks come first,” Barnes said.

Recent graduate, Joseph Spellmeyer, said that while his fraternity has given him lifelong friends, he can also use the connections he’s made in his future professional career.

“It’s given me people who I’ve been able to use as a resource that have gone through professional development, getting ready to graduate, that sort of thing,” Spellmeyer said. “To have multiple people that I can look up to and still reach out to and use them for that has been awesome.”

Spellmeyer said he pays it forward by helping his younger fraternity brothers apply for jobs and edit resumes.

Hall of Famer Williams reflects on career at TCU

Hall of Famer Williams reflects on career at TCU

Charean Williams has done what no other female sports reporter has ever done.

Williams recently became the first woman to receive the Dick McCann award and will also be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 3.

To commemorate the honor, newly retired Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten called Williams “a pro’s pro” in a tweet.

Williams reflected on her career during a recent conversation with TCU students. “I have known since second grade that is what I wanted to do,” she said.

Williams recently started working at digital site ProFootballTalk after 23 years covering the NFL, 17 at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and six with the Orlando Sentinel. A native of Beaumont and a 1986 graduate of Texas A&M, Williams also previously worked at the Orange (Texas) Leader and the Bryan-College Station (Texas) Eagle.

“If you have the desire, the heart, and the work-ethic you can do and be what you want to be,” Williams said.

Williams credits her grandmother for her success.

“Every Sunday we would talk about the games and dissect it,” she said. “She got me inspired me more than anyone else.”

Her history-making career has also come with challenges, including players who have tried to make her uncomfortable with their nudity while conducting interviews. “They do it to test you, to see how you are going to handle it,” Williams said.  

She also remembered a time where she requested an interview with then-Arkansas quarterback Quinn Grovey. But because she was a woman and wasn’t allowed in the male locker room, Grovey left and she never got her interview.

Her latest challenge came when she was laid off by the Star-Telegram in May 2017. But she quickly bounced back, getting a job with ProFootballTalk.