More than just a ‘Total Frat Move’
When Kyle Lennon was a freshman, he thought fraternities followed archetypes that appeared in movies.
“My freshman year I was really against it, I guess just from things I saw in the media and stuff I was like ‘Why would I want to join a fraternity? ‘That’s stupid’ and so my whole freshman year I was against it,” he said.
However, as Lennon became friends with members of Tau Kappa Epsilon, the fraternity he is now a part of, he realized that fraternity life isn’t what it appears to be at first glance.
Now, the junior is part of a campaign to dispel stereotypes about fraternities that he said the media creates.
Lennon is the campus liaison of TotalFratMove.com, a website that went viral after posting humorous pictures and columns relating to fraternity life.
Lennon said he often found himself checking the site multiple times a day, inspiring him to apply for a position as Towson’s representative.
“I just started going back more and more often and before I knew it, I was on there a few times a day and that’s how I came across the campus rep position,” Lennon said.
To fulfill his role as a campus rep, Lennon’s current project is to promote a fundraising campaign to fund an upcoming movie that will be produced by totalfratmove.com.
The movie, titled “Total Frat Movie,” will try to portray a realistic view of fraternity life, he said.
“What this movie is trying to do is just kind of shed light on the more positive aspect of fraternity life, which is what people in fraternities all across the country do today,” Lennon said.
Freshman Connor Black said that he can relate to Lennon’s experience with Greek Life.
He said that he also came into Towson with a negative view of Greek Life, but has since changed his opinion after interacting with members of Towson fraternities.
“I came in kind of not liking the whole frat life and all that but after hanging out with all the frats and going to the rush events and stuff, I might rush,” Black said.
A major production company is not backing the movie, which is why campus representatives like Lennon are working to raise fund. Lennon’s fundraising campaign begins Feb. 1 and ends March 6.
Lennon said that there is an incentive system in place to inspire people to donate, including the chance to appear in the movie for a monologue, exclusive merchandise or for a business to have their name featured in the movie and on totalfratmove.com.
By dispelling the rumors that surround Greek Life, Lennon said he hopes this project will help Towson students approach the idea of fraternities and sororities with an open mind.
“I feel like there are a tons of guys, and girls, that are like [how I was]. They come to college and they’re just against the whole Greek Life and everything and there are some of those people that are potentially missing out on a really good time,” he said.