Celebrity Fraternity Club Brothers

fraternity-club-brothers

Fraternities have a reputation of being pretty crazy, with grand and dangerous alcohol-infused (and sometimes drug-infused) parties.

So can you imagine a famous actor or political figure partying it out bare-chested or even worse, participating in rush week and making new pledges cry?

Can you even imagine the actor playing genius and social pariah Sheldon Cooper running around drunk after a fraternity party?

But there were many reasons for a fraternity to be established.

Many of them were for literary or social clubs that expanded to take in more members to keep the group alive. And many of them had interesting historical facts.

Here’s a list of Fraternities with Celebrity members

Sigma Nu Fraternity

sigma-nu-fraternity

image source: sigmanu.org

Celebrity Fraternity Brothers:

  • Harrison Ford (Ripon College)
  • James Dean (pledged but never initiated)
  • Paul Rudd (University of Kansas)
  • Jon Hamm (University of Texas)
  • Bob Barker (Drury University)
  • Eli Manning (University of Mississippi)
  • Mike Posner (Duke University)
  • James Carville (Louisiana State University)
  • Michael Biehn (University of Arizona)

Sigma Nu was founded in 1869 at the Virginia Military Institute.

Because it was founded in military school, many of its traditions and values were patterned after military life.

The fraternity has a very strict anti-hazing principle, but it hasn’t stopped many hazing incidents from happening over the years.

Actor Jon Hamm was actually arrested on November 1990 for being part of a violent hazing.

There were other incidents involving the Sigma Nu members at different universities for hazing their pledges.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

alpha-phi-alpha-fraternity

The first African American fraternity was Alpha Phi Alpha – image source: pinterest.com

Celebrity Fraternity Brothers:

Alpha Phi Alpha was the first African-American fraternity.

It began at Cornell University as a literary club, and evolved into a frat in 1906.

Although at first it was exclusive for African-American students, it began to open its doors to all ethnic backgrounds in 1940.

One of the fraternity’s main missions is social service and it provided help during the Great Depression, Civil Rights movements, and more.

Considering that activist Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jamaican Prime Minister Norman Manley were part of the fraternity, many of the group’s programs revolved around education and world issues.

But it’s not perfect, and there were hazing incidents reported.

An 18 year old student had died after a hazing ritual in 1989, and the fraternity was banned from campus for many years after a hazing incident in 1995.

Through the years, there were other pledges who suffered wounds (and even died) due to hazing, and the fraternity was suspended or expelled in other colleges.

You might also be surprised to know that Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the USA Thurgood Marshall was not a politically-active student at first.

In fact, he was suspended two times for hazing! He was also involved in a protest against segregation.

Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity

alpha-epsilon-pi-fraternity

Alpha Epsilon Pi was founded based on Jewish principles- image source: oneonta.edu

Celebrity Fraternity Brothers:

  • Gene Wilder (University of Iowa)
  • Art Garfunkel (Columbia University)
  • Wolf Blitzer (State University of New York at Buffalo)
  • James L. Brooks (New York University)
  • Adam Richman (Emory University)
  • Paul Simon (Queens College)

Alpha Epsilon Pi was founded at New York University, based on Jewish principles.

Ironically, one of the ideas Alpha Epsilon Pi stood on was going against authoritarianism, and in the 1960s, the members rallied against the Greek groups themselves, considering them elitist.

Although the fraternity had a “non-discriminatory” clause, it wasn’t excluded from controversies in its long history.

There were reports of sexual assault and racial discrimination.

The frat also takes its anti-hazing principles seriously, especially after many incidents that have led to some scandal and controversy.

Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity

wiki-pi-kappa-alpha-fraternity

Pi Kappa Alpha originally founded as white exclusivity – image source: pinterest.com

Celebrity Fraternity Brothers:

  • Jim Parsons (University of Houston)
  • Tim McGraw (University of Louisiana at Monroe)
  • Ted Koppel (Syracuse University)
  • Jon Stewart (College of William and Mary – but he left after 6 months)
  • Steve Prefontaine (University of Oregon)
  • Jeremy Piven (Drake University)

The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity was created at the University of Virginia.

As it was founded in the south, it was first a white-only group, but expanded to other races in 1964.

It is a national fraternity and calls its leadership programs “Pike University”.

It also has its own foundation, “Pike Foundation”, which raises scholarships for undergraduate members.

The fraternity’s long history of white exclusivity gave it a hard time and effectively stopped it when it wanted to establish a chapter at a historically black school, Howard University, in 2006.

Also, just recently, its chapter at the University of Arkansas threw an unauthorized Martin Luther King, Jr. party, which was rife with racial stereotypes.

The leaders of that chapter were asked to resign.

The fraternity also witnessed several controversies from 1976 to 2015 due to hazing and sexual assault.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity

sigma-alpha-epsilon-fraternity

Estabised during the plantation era – Sigma Alpha Epsilon – image source: sjsu.edu

Celebrity Fraternity Brothers:

  • Pres. William McKinley (Mount Union College)
  • Nick Lachey (Miami University)
  • David Spade (Arizona State University)
  • Fred Savage (Stanford University)
  • Sam Elliot (California State University, Los Angeles)
  • Michael Rosenbaum (Western Kentucky University)
  • Lloyd and Beau Bridges (University of California, Los Angeles)

Sigma Alpha Epsilon started at the University of Alabama in 1856, making it the only fraternity to have been established in the Antebellum South or during the Plantation era.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon is one of the few surviving fraternities to eliminate pledging due to incidents of hazing and even death.

This was an apt decision since Sigma Alpha Epsilon had the most number of deaths (nine!) related to their activities than any other Greek organizations within the span of 10 years.

The frat members also paid the highest amount for liability insurance among other groups.

Without the pledging, the frats are now required to “initiate” their new members within 96 hours in a more appropriate way.

Many other chapters at different colleges have been suspended indefinitely, though, for different transgressions, usually related to sexual harassment, drug and alcohol abuse, and racist incidents.

Delta Chi Fraternity

delta-chi-fraternity

International fraternity Delta Chi – image source: pinterest.com

Celebrity Fraternity Brothers:

  • Ashton Kutcher (University of Iowa)
  • Benjamin Harrison (Miami University)
  • Kevin Costner (California State University Fullerton)

The international fraternity Delta Chi was first established at Cornell University in 1890.

It was supposed to be a frat for law students exclusively.

It began to accept members from other degrees in 1922 after World War I left many chapter houses were left almost bare.

Finance ran low, so the group decided to recruit more members outside law studies.

It was also the first international group to get rid of “Hell Week”, part of the initiation program meant to be harder than the first few steps, in all its chapters in the country in 1929.

Delta Chi has its own foundation, “V Foundation”, which focuses on raising funds for college grants.

Many Greek chapters are named in the alphabetical Greek system, but the chapters of Delta Chi just use the name of the college where the chapter is located.

So, instead of Alpha Delta Chi, it is officially just the Cornell Chapter of Delta Chi.

Rob Clark
 

SchoolCampus.org admin staff managing editor

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 0 comments