Christian fraternity uncertain about joining university Greek life

The Christian fraternity Brothers Under Christ remains undecided about joining the Fraternity and Sorority Life office, citing concerns about turning potential members away and creating too much work for officers, the group’s president said.

BYX was invited to join Fraternity and Sorority Life at the beginning of the semester, and the fraternity is still considering if it will join, said Kurtis Freeman, BYX president.

Sarah Williamson, assistant director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, said BYX would benefit from the advertising and marketing the Fraternity and Sorority Life office can offer if it decides to join. Also, the fraternity will have greater protection by offering a higher authority to go to with any questions, she said.

Freeman said the fraternity doesn’t want to turn men away by making BYX more like other fraternities. The appeal of BYX to many men is that it’s not like other fraternities, he said.

Freeman said there would be more paperwork for BYX officers to do on top of their other duties. Another concern is the BYX National Board, which must approve everything the chapter does on campus. Joining Fraternity and Sorority Life has not been approved yet, he said.

BYX has not been given a time frame from Fraternity and Sorority Life to make a decision, Freeman said.

“Fraternity and Sorority Life would like us to be fully on board by now, but they are respecting our need to pass this decision through the national office,” he said. “I am hoping to get an overall view of how the fraternity feels over the next few weeks by a vote.”

Freeman said he wants to leave the decision up to the fraternity, and most members, like Andrew Sullivan, a junior radio-TV-film major, are excited to engage in open discussion.

“I think it is a good idea because it provides us an opportunity to be involved in Greek life while still maintaining our place as a religious organization,” Sullivan said.

The Christian fraternity would not join Panhellenic, Interfraternity Council, Pan-Hellenic Council or the Multicultural Greek Council, Williamson said.

Other fraternities are supportive of BYX joining Fraternity and Sorority Life.

“They were involved with Greek Week last year, and they are not going to be a part of IFC so I don’t see it as being a problem,” said Matt Boaz, Pi Kappa Phi president.

Sigma Phi Epsilon also supports BYX joining, its president said.

“This is a great decision for the TCU Greek Community,” said Brett Singer, SigEp president. “BYX is an outstanding fraternity on our campus. SigEp is very supportive of BYX joining Fraternity and Sorority Life.”

The fraternity has been fully informed about joining and has heard a presentation from Fraternity and Sorority Life staff, Freeman said.

BYX doesn’t just want a better fraternity by joining Fraternity and Sorority Life, but a better Greek community, and the organization sees this as a good opportunity to have a positive influence within the Greek community, Freeman said.