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journal prompt 7

November 4, 2011

The discourse community I want to talk about is the Kappa Sigma Fraternity


  1. The fraternity has around 70 people in it. There are around 45 brothers, and 30ish pledges. I could make the discourse community smaller by just referencing the pledges, then the discourse community would be only around 30 people. There are no cliques in the fraternity, so the only discourse communities that can be broken up are brothers and pledges.
  2. Yes, there are multiple forums for discussion and communication. We have 2 Facebook groups where many things are talked about. Also, us pledges have sunday morning meetings which generally go on for many hours. The brothers have chapter, which is on sunday nights.
  3. Yes, ultimately the fraternity is meant for fun, friendship, and enjoyment, but there are a lot of other things that are important. The pillars of Kappa Sigma are fellowship, leadership, scholarship, and service. Everyone in the fraternity looks out for one another, always, and everyone, as a whole, gives back to the community.
  4. Yes, there are a lot of rules to follow. For one, we are not allowed to tell any secrets about what happens during certain times in the house. Also, everyone in the fraternity has to learn certain things, and if they do not, there is a punishment. Drunk driving is taken very seriously and whoever does it, regardless of whether the police are involved, is in a ton of trouble. Everyone must attend meetings, if they do not, they cannot attend social events for the following week. There are a lot of written and unwritten rules to follow.
  5. In the fraternity, there are tons of secret hand gestures and symbols. In the pledge discourse community, we know some secrets, but not as many as the brothers do. We all have to know the history of the fraternity, and many facts that if referred to, people would not understand. The greek community as a whole has a lot of terms that outsiders would not understand. In the Kappa Sigma fraternity, there is also a number secret, and useful textual artifacts as well. We have Bononnias, which give information about the fraternity. The brothers have a ritual book, which is a secret and no pledges know anything about it, so there is no point in referencing it.

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One Comment
  1. nholic permalink

    Looking forward to seeing you develop a list of all the terms and social guidelines for the community, Ryan.


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