***This story originally stated that the SIR meeting would take place in UMC 247; the meeting has been moved to UMC 425.
A huge part of my life as a nerd is that I'm a frat bro.
I know what you're thinking: "But if you're in a frat, why are you a girl?"
(Oh my God, Karen, you can't just ask people why they're girls!)
In addition to CU's many social and multicultural Greek fraternities and sororities are the co-ed Greek honor fraternities. A lot of people get these confused with honor societies, which require little effort and serve mainly as resume-boosters.
And while some of the major-specific fraternities behave like honor societies, that's not what I'm talking about here. Today I'm going to highlight three of my favorite co-ed honor fraternities on campus. These three organizations bring their members more than just an honor to add to their LinkedIn profiles -- they get involved on campus and in the community, learn more about various subjects, and create a brotherhood with lasting bonds.
Sigma Iota Rho (SIR)
The international studies frat, SIR is one of those rare major-specific frats that actually do something together. In addition to regular meetings, members of SIR attend events like the Conference on World Affairs and host service projects, including a shoe drive they organized last semester. SIR doesn't have a formal rush process, but anyone interested in joining is encouraged to attend their info night this coming Monday at 6:30 p.m. in UMC 425.
Alpha Phi Omega (APO)
APO is CU's service-based fraternity. They work with groups like the Boy Scouts, the Children's Museum and the Green Stampede on various service projects to help our community. Members of APO also have events that strengthen their brotherhood, including going to basketball games and having dinner together after their meetings. APO has a pledge process that starts by going to one of their info nights at the end of next week. Email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Phi Sigma Pi (PSP)
The past two years, PSP has become my life. I rushed my sophomore year, and now I am the president of CU's chapter. Brothers of PSP get the best of an academic honor society, a service club, and a social Greek fraternity, all in one. We have academic, social and service events almost every week, in addition to unofficial brother-bonding activities like competitions between our houses (groups of brothers that include our big/little lineage) and Thursday night excursions to the Rio. Our six-week initiation period follows our formal rush, which starts with info nights this coming Monday and Tuesday. Check out our Facebook for more: facebook.com/pspboulder.
The beginning of the semester is the perfect time to start getting involved on campus, and all three of these groups will be recruiting this week and next. Check them out, and who knows? You may just find the right nerds for you.
Jessica Ryan is a senior media studies major at CU. She writes about nerdy things once a week for the Colorado Daily. On Twitter: @JessicaLRyan.