Michael Morin

Loyola '11

On April 8, 2011 I was elected the Student Body President of Loyola New Orleans. On April 29, 2011 I was initiated into the Louisiana Gamma chapter of Phi Kappa Psi. These two events may not seem like they are specifically related in any way, but they are interconnected and I will forever associate the two as being dependent on one another. 

When I decided to pledge a fraternity I knew immediately that I wanted to be a member of Phi Kappa Psi. At that time I was a junior undergraduate and had two years to see that the members of LA Gamma were the best fit for me-they were active on all areas of campus, well liked among the Greek community, and seemed like they had themselves together as an organization. I pledged with 14 other men, all of whom were new students beginning only their second semester at Loyola. Of course I was the odd man out and I was unsure as to if I made the right choice; maybe I just waited too long and missed my opportunity. After our first few new member meetings my feelings were changed and I started to already form close bonds with my member class (Roll Tide). They kept me “young” as best they could and I kept them grounded as best I could-it was mostly a mutually beneficial relationship. They were my biggest fans, some of my best friends, and most tight knit support structure. 

At that time I was also SGA Vice President and was not considering running for SGA President, mostly because I wanted to make sure my senior year was fun and that I left college on a high note. I was sat down by two active members (my big brother and our chaplain) and they convinced me that I should do it; after much thought, I agreed and thus began my campaign. It was rough. Through the entire process, my member class and the active members were incredibly proactive in making sure I had the support that I needed. Whether it was advertisements, speaking with student organizations, staying up all night on election night garnering votes, they did it and I never had to ask. It was almost overwhelming the support that they gave me. To this day I think about the day the results were announced and how special it was. As I looked around I saw some friends, some supporters from other organizations, my opponent and his support team but the group that was the largest and consequently the loudest, was my chapter. When my name was announced it was a flurry of hugs, tears, chanting, and I was even lifted into the air and brought outside by my pledge brothers. 

Like I said, these two dates may not seem relevant to each other, but when I think of my initiation day I know that it was made much more special and much more meaningful because of the care, compassion, and unending support that I was shown before I thought was necessary-before I was even considered a member. No longer was this group of men my campaign team, or member class, they were my Brothers, for life. 

My Phi Psi experience has meant more to me than I can ever begin to properly put into words. I can tell stories, look at photos, and even participate in ritual but I do not believe that my Phi Psi experience will be found here. My Phi Psi experience is intangible-it is in the unspoken conversation between myself and my Brothers that says I have committed myself to bettering you and you to bettering me; we are better men because of each other, and we are better men because we are Brothers in Phi Kappa Psi.