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05 February 2008 @ 02:38 am
 Tonight the biggest story to hit the campus this year shocked the greek scene when it was learned the The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity (Sigma Phi Epsilons biggest rival in the recruitment of badasses) has had its Tennessee charter rescinded due to findings involving hazing.  The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity has had a top-tier reputation at the University of Tennessee for well over a decade, and has now lost its status.  The allegations of hazing involving staph infection and broken glass are very severe, but most people in the greek community still consider these actions quite extreme.

In changing to a more important greek organization, myself and my Sigma Phi Epsilon brothers are holding out first social event of the year this wednesday at RT's.  I am really excited about this upcoming date party because it is the first social event we have had since being put on probation in late october, and I am sure that it is going to be a very entertaining and fun night.  I am going with a good friend of mine who happens to be a very beautiful ADPi.  As long as I can wake up at noon on thursday and take my political science exam, I will be very pleased with the party no matter how the night turns out.
29 January 2008 @ 02:10 pm
Last week was a very rough week for me.  I had to drive home to Atlanta on Wednesday to attend the funeral of a friend from high school.  A friend that I played four years of high school football with died of an apparent drug overdose early last week.  This was a really emotional blow to me because Steven was the second of my friends to die of a drug or alcohol related incident in the last 3 months, and no matter how close you are to someone, it is always difficult to attend the funeral of a 21 year old.  In early November, my fraternity brother Adam Carter died in a drinking and driving accident in which he was the guilty party.  Both of these events have gone a long way in shaping my attitude towards drug use and responsible drinking. 

Hopefully this week I can get back to focusing on class work, and get ready for the spring social schedule to start.  Between two date parties, four mixers, spring break, spring formal, hurricane party, and every other Friday and Saturday until May, i am really not sure how I am going to be able to get out of this semester without a backdrafted bank account, and with a GPA worth sending home in the mail.
17 January 2008 @ 12:04 pm

My name is Mark Adkins, I am a freshman at the Universiity of Tennessee, and am currently pursuing a degree Political Science.  I grew up in Atlanta, GA and never planned on coming to The University of Tennessee until I received my surprising denial of Application letter from The University of Georgia.  I came to Tennessee not knowing a single person, and  was immediately drawn towards the large greek community at UT.  After being on campus for about ten days, I accepted a bid at the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and have never once regretted that decision.  Through my Fraternity I have met almost all of my friends, and have had more fun than I could have ever imagined.  If I were not part of the greek system at The University of Tennessee, I would probably be a little more bored, have substancially better grades, and would probably be regreting my decision to become a student at UT.  So far I have enjoyed every single second of my student experience and have even become very proud of being a Tennessee Vol, and occasionally I even enjoy dawning the brilliant and bright orange colors of UT proudly when I am walking through the streets of Atlanta.