When I first visited Baylor, I had a tour guide who was rather handsome. He was very nice and talked highly of Baylor. Like any high schooler who meets her first college boy, I facebook stalked him and with a quick surprise I saw he was a member of a fraternity here at Baylor. My first reaction was “oh my goodness a fraternity, I bet he’s crazy”, because like most bible-belt Christians who are raised on sweet tea and hymnals I always thought fraternities were bad news. However, after meeting my eager ATO tour guide who talked so highly of Baylor, I thought maybe this chapter could be different from the normal stereotype.

I sat next to an ATO when I visited pigskin that same year before college. He answered my bazillion questions about campus life and why he decided on Baylor. Finally, I had met two college boys (go me!), and both were in the same fraternity, yet they did not look like the fraternity stereotype many of us have. I watched their pigskin performance that placed third that year in awe. Who knew frat boys could put on a musical?? These guys were hardworking and apparently now are tied to have the longest pigskin streak in Baylor history.

The amount of events they held for charity amazed me. I went to their spaghetti dinner raising $5k for children’s literacy, their bed races (yes you race people on beds) raising $30k  for Make-A-Wish,  and Race One 5k raising $8k for Mission Waco. Every week they also do King Clubs where they do life with children in the Waco community whose parents are at work. They are involved nationally and locally. Everything they have done to give back to the community has amazed me and pushed me to want to do more for service with my Greek involvement. I can honestly say these men have pushed me to be involved in being a servant for the Lord by their example.

On a bigger note, I as a woman feel safe and protected by the men of Alpha Tau Omega. I know many other women feel this way. Baylor has been in the news lately for sexual assault, and as a woman in college with a Christian promise I have made to wait until marriage there is nothing I fear more. Every woman fears this as well, especially while in college. The ATOs on campus have stepped up as men of God to protect the women here in all situations, at least to my knowledge. I feel safe because of them.

ATOs lead student government, and are active in many churches in the Waco community. I know some who are youth pastors at local churches, some who lead life groups, and many who drive people to church weekly. They serve at summer camps, on mission trips, and here at Baylor. Because of them, I am a better Christian, friend and servant. Yes, like all of us have they have made mistakes, but they continually push to be a community that reflects Christ’s love which is probably why they were voted the Best Fraternity Chapter, and hold the highest GPA for the fraternities at Baylor. They practice what they preach when it comes to being involved on campus and in the community and if there is one verse in the bible I would have to use to describe them it is Matthew 5:16 which states, “let your light shine before men so that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven”.

ATO continually shows the love and light of Christ by their actions. They are not perfect, but the ones I know strive each morning to wake up and praise Jesus by giving their life to the one who gave His life for us.

As a student who thinks highly of this organization on campus, I truly believe that this chapter has made a positive influence in our nation, community and my own life. I personally cannot imagine Baylor without these men, and know many others feel the same way.

Apart from all the drama, I would like to say thank you to ATO. Thank you for being like my brothers and pushing me to grow with Christ. Thank you for the advice you have given me and teaching me what it means to live by example. Thank you for shining the light of Christ. My walk with Christ and experience at Baylor would not be the same without you gentlemen.

 

 

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Written by Grace Valentine

I love Jesus, diet coke and sunflowers. I wish I lived in the mountains, but love the two states I call home--Louisiana and Texas. I can watch Criminal Minds all day and dream of one day owning an ice cream truck for fun. However, my main goal in life is that more girls will realize the worth they have through Christ Jesus--and with Him and Him only we are enough.

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  1. I have been (and remain) immensely proud to be their advisor. As Judge Starr recently said “We are a broken people”. We all make mistakes, and ΑΤΩs are no exception. Even so, they start at such a higher place than most that they remain on balance, even with their shortcomings, the best group of young men that any college campus could want to have. Prof. H.

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