I do take a small bit of issue with the title – A frat for misfits at Ole Miss. Oh, misfits they may be in the eyes of some traditionalists at Ole Miss, but they are actually a quite positive cause celebre to most.
Fraternities and sororities at Ole Miss date to the 19th century. They remain serious business here, with big, white-columned houses, elaborate rules for rushing and pledging, and a history of turning out the state’s future leaders: U.S. Sen. Trent Lott was a Sigma Nu. His fellow Republican and Mississippian, Sen. Thad Cochran, is a former president of Pi Kappa Alpha.
The men and women of Alpha Delta are changing the old world character of Ole Miss. Good for them.
The Daily Mississippian covered the story back on November 13th.
Sports Illustrated even covered it in their SI Campus Chronicles section.
Unlike a lot of other fraternities, the Awesome Dudes have stayed out of trouble. Well, there was the one report by the Oxford Eagle Online of civil disobedience concerning a smoking ban in bars and restaurants.
Most customers were not lighting up inside establishments, with the exception of four Ole Miss students who are a part of the College Libertarians and the Awesome Dude fraternity. Instead of leaving Parrish’s and smoking outside as the other customers were doing, these students decided to smoke inside the bar in protest of the new law.
If you’ve never been to The Grove, you’re really missing an experience. It is beautiful, in so many ways. CNN featured the traditional symbol of southern football life. A good video, although Christi Paul fumbles the toss by calling it “Ole Miss University.” Um, it is THE University of Mississippi.