by Jackson Boisvert
Each spring semester, Greek life becomes a new experience for many Stockton students. Stockton’s fraternities and sororities make up 10% of the undergraduate community. Previously, 27 different organizations were recognized at Stockton. As of recently, there is a new fraternity found its way onto Stockton’s campus. They are Phi Delta Theta, recently recognized on March 30th, the same day as their colonization ceremony.
Jelani Gardy, a first-year student studying political science here at Stockton, holds the position of president for the newly colonized organization. He described how the idea of bringing a new fraternity to Stockton came to be. “ We saw that because the new freshmen class that came in was the largest, and Stockton is expanding to Atlantic City, as well as the two new buildings (on campus), we thought it would be a good idea to help out with that expansion, and create a new fraternity that offers something new and different than the ones that are already here.” When asked why Phi Delta Theta, Jelani informed, “We happened to choose Phi Delta Theta because of the qualities it has as a fraternity, such as non-alcoholic housing and a very nice philanthropy, which is the foundation Live Like Lou, which raises awareness for ALS and raises money for families affected by ALS and puts money towards research.”
However, the process of bringing this new organization was not just a task for Jelani himself. He accomplished this with his brothers. “We currently have 30 members,” he detailed, further stating, “A pretty unique thing about all of us is that we are all leaders. It takes a lot for a person to say, ‘I’m going to change the status quo, do something different, and make something from the ground up”. That is exactly what this group of men did.