Why WE joined

There are many different reasons why people join Mu Beta Psi. Below are just some of the many stories that Brothers have shared.

One September day in choir, a Brother got up and announced a Psi-hosted apple picking day. I was on crutches at the time, having been hit by a car in August. One Brother insisted that the worst that could happen is I’d sit in the shop all afternoon and eat cider doughnuts. I had nothing else to do, so I met them outside my dorm to join the carpool. [a Brother] showed up with his Jeep and I got in. He said he was glad I was there but that we had to make a pit stop. He stopped at Kinney Drug Store and I waited in the car. When he and another Brother came out I was shocked to see them shoving a rented wheelchair into the trunk.

They and the other Brothers took turns wheeling me through the orchard and spotting me while I picked apples so I could be part of the group. It was the nicest thing anyone at school had ever done for me and I pretty much decided then that I wanted to be a part of this group of caring people.

Garrett Cooperman

I had a lot of family problems while I was growing up and left all of my friends behind to go to a school over 500 miles away. After going to a few rushes I knew that I had found a group of people that considered each other family, and when they asked me to join that family there was no way that I could turn that down. To this day I still feel closer to Psi than I do a majority of my actual family.

Travis Grace

I had moved 400 miles away from my friends and family. The only person I knew at the time was my then boyfriend, now husband.

I had met a lot of the members from being in marching band, but as a color guard member I didn’t interact with them often. I really wanted to connect with them outside of marching band and make friendships to help with the transition from high school to college.

So I rushed and fell in love. Everyone was so kind and took the time to get to know me even though at the time I was painfully shy and afraid of people not liking me.

Over time these people became my family and I still turn to my Brothers in times of need.

Meg Drummond

I was looking to branch out and get out of my comfort zone and I was needing a different type of family. The brothers that I knew beforehand are wonderful people and I figured if they were in this, I outta at least check it out. Meeting everyone at rush was amazing and I felt at home right away. I decided to try this crazy thing and the rest is history.

Arianna Betts

A group of Brothers spoke in choir after doing an ensemble. They looked so happy and I wanted to be a part of that. I tend to keep to my own devices and am socially awkward, but Psi gave me a reason to get out of my room, meet people I have at least music in common with, and to broaden my horizons. I have pledge Brothers that I love dearly that I never would have spoken to without Psi.” – Christine Duval

Christine Duval

Well, freshman year I fell on the way to choir practice. When I arrived, I asked someone to tell [professor] that I had to go get an ice pack and I’d be back soon. [a Brother] then told me an ice pack wasn’t going to do it (olecranon fracture at my elbow, would later require surgery). She and [another Brother] called SAVAC and waited with me, then [the Brother] spent her whole evening hanging out with me at the emergency room and later called [another Brother] to bring us back to campus in the midst of a pretty heavy Oswego snowstorm.

I was already in love with the idea of a fraternity devoted to music, but I figured any group of people who took care of others like that was a group I wanted to be a part of.

I adored my pledge class…and through the process we really supported each other and pushed each other to succeed.

Lindsey Gordon

Music has always been a passion of mine, and after some time of prodding, [a Brother], who I knew through one of the jazz bands, finally talked me into going to a rush. I had never been so unconditionally accepted by a large group of people before, and the shared passion for music and other shared interests drew me in. After having breakfast with them the following day, I was hooked and dove in after I received my bid. There has not been a major life decision since that was not influenced in some way by Brothers, the family I have so happily gotten to choose.

Christopher Bork