Welcome to the seventy-fifth story from The Mu of Monmouth College. For nearly three years, our publication has been discussing important stories in men’s and women’s fraternity life around campus and across the nation.
The Mu started with the intention of giving Greek Life a voice that it did not have before. “Articles in The Mu give the campus an opportunity to see how we have affected the community,” says Ryan Brandt ’10, one of the founding editors-in-chief.
Starting off as a print journal in December 2008, the layout was made in Microsoft Publisher. The Mu was released in this form every month to the Monmouth College campus via email to faculty and administrators, with an online version posted for parents. The periodical would feature pictures, stories, and a layout similar to most newsletters.
While the process was effective for making a newsletter, The Mu had to evolve and change mediums to achieve its goal as a highly accessible source of information about Greek Life. The format was changed to a blog, which cut back on the time it took to publish each story, and made it easier to reach a broader audience. Starting last August, The Mu also has a Facebook page where readers are encouraged to discuss stories.
Although The Mu covers events going on around campus, the blog also takes a wider look, and tries to look into the motivation and culture of fraternal organizations. The Mu “sheds light on the deeper meaning of Greek Life,” says Brandt. “People know Greeks do philanthropies, fundraisers, fun events, etc., but what they don’t always see is the feedback.”
From its start, The Mu has also reached beyond Greek Life for perspective. The editorial staff, which is exclusively student-run, often selects articles written by professors, faculty, and even Monmouth College alumni, who discuss important connections between Greek Life and the world around us.
In his essay for The Mu, Col. Stephen Bloomer, a Monmouth College senior development officer and adviser to Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, says, “Leadership in Greek life is one of the many opportunities available to students at Monmouth College as part of our President’s strategy for informal and formal learning by students as a member of our engaged campus community.”
In 75 articles, The Mu has discussed many of those Greek Life opportunities, but there are still many more to be covered. Greek Life will continue to grow by leaps and bounds, and The Mu will be there to give the fraternity community the voice it deserves.
“I hope to see continued success with The Mu and see it continue to open the eyes of others to see Greek life’s positive impact at Monmouth as well as nationally and encourage people to take part in everything Greek Life has to offer,” says Brandt. μ
Alex Woods ‘12
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