Throughout this semester I have had the opportunity to get to know my fratty neighbors a little better.
I now have 3-ish Beta friends.
Yes, I said 3-ish. I have one from a class, one is sort of a friend from an organization (we don’t know each other super-duper well yet,) and a couple I interact with on facebook. That adds up to four you say? Well, I’m not really sure if the ones from facebook count as “whole” friends yet since we’ve never actually talked to each other in person. I took the liberty of lumping them into one and adding “ish” to make up for any spillover.
Breaking News: We get along just fine.
One of the Betas is my speech buddy, so three times a week we get to discuss all kinds of interesting topics (along with some of the interesting people in our class.) A few of the topics have struck me as funny because of my initial Beta interactions… “conflict resolution,” “stereotyping,” “self-awareness,” the list continues….
One of my first Beta breakthroughs occurred around Christmas time. One of my fratty facebook friends posted a status about the movie Christmas Vacation which happens to be one of the greatest movies of all time (according to me, which is what really counts, right?) We started to comment some of our favorite quotes back and forth, and that’s when I knew our facebook friendship was meant to be. Touching, I know. We should probably submit out tear-jerking interactions to Hallmark as a movie idea. It would be selfish to not share such a heart-warming story with the world.
I know, I know. Some of my readers didn’t think I had it in me, but I do. It’s wonderful. Maybe the honors dorm residents and the Betas should intermingle more often. It could be interesting.
One thing I have noticed in the recent months is that there seems to be three major categories of Betas:
1. The jorties-
These fun-loving residents of the Beta house love to rock the jorts/Chacos/tank look. They tend to ride longboards and give off a hipster-esque vibe. They are often seen in small groups or alone as they come and go from the area.
2. The boaties-
This variety of Beta loves the traditional look. They come classily dressed in Polos, Sperries, and Khaki shorts/pants. They are usually in a group and look very professional as they go about their daily routine.
The men of this group have more variety in their apparel choices. They can be found with jorts one day and khaki the next. Some days, they might even wear jeans and Nike’s. It can be easy to mistake this group as residents of a traditional res hall when they are alone, but often they reside in a group of jorties, boaties, or other mixies that are sporting Beta Theta Pi apparel.
These descriptions are just a brief touch on the groups. For more information, you can contact The Men of Principle themselves. As of now, I only personally know a jorty and a mixy. Maybe in the future I will have the pleasure of spending time with a boaty…
I suppose you will just have to stick around to see how things play out. Until then, you know where to find me.