The Effects of Fraternal Institutions on the Modern Man

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The Effects of Fraternal Institutions on the Modern Man

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By

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Matthew Cupaiuolo

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Empirical Political Analysis

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POL 201

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Dr. Steve B. Lem

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Kutztown university

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May 4, 2018

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I. Introduction

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The Stigma of Fraternal institutions in the United States is one that comes with much negativity in today’s world. Fraternities are viewed as a group of young adult, college-age, males who partake in weekend debauchery with little concern for the well-being of the general public around them and are portrayed as acting as if there is no repercussion for these actions. There are countless stories of students going away to college, joining a fraternity, and soon after failing out, but is this the fault of the fraternity itself or the fault of the individual? Is the simple fact of joining one of these international organizations and the events that come with them the reason that so many youths do not make it past their freshman year, or is it simply the fault of the induvial who was ill prepared for life on his own with poor time management skills? Finally, do the pro’s, such as seemingly endless connections for potential jobs after college and raising future income by approximately 36%, out weight the risk of a potential drop in GPA on a standard four-point scale of approximately 0.25 due to not being able to handle the over demanding life of weekly events (Mara, Jack and Davis, Lewis and Schmidt, 2017)? All of these will be evaluated throughout this piece through evaluating some preexisting research brought to us by esteemed professors, researchers, and authors such as Jack Mara, Lewis Davis and Stephen Schmidt, professors in the Department of Economics at Union College.

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II. Literature Review

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III. Theory/ Hypothesis

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IV. Methods

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V. Findings

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VI. Conclusion

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Bibliography

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Mara, Jack and Davis, Lewis and Schmidt, Stephen, Social Animal House: The Economic

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and Academic Consequences of Fraternity Membership (April 4, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2763720 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2763720