The Extras: St. Anthony Hall, Kappa Chapter

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King House, where St. Anthony Hall, Kappa Chapter is located

Hello, Brunonian family! I’m Jacklyne Vargas, nice to meet you all *insert imaginary handshake here*! I’m here to be your compass (well, that sounds heavy, doesn’t it?) in everything extracurricular here at Brown. If you’re reading this, send help you are a magnetic force of your own and I’m simply helping you figure out what attracts you. In all The Extras, in all the magnetic forces here at Brown, you can easily be pulled in countless directions, but I’m here to help! If anything, we’ll go crazy together…

Now that a new semester has begun, all of us at Brown are getting back into the swing of things which involve trying to balance: going to/shopping classes, finishing lengthy readings, completing assignments, purchasing pricey textbooks, and eating and sleeping properly yay for keeping super busy ! That no doubt involves participating in extracurriculars as well.

With Spring semester comes recruitment for Brown’s Greek life (fraternities and sororities), and so here’s a quick insight into one of our coed fraternities on campus, St. Anthony Hall, Kappa Chapter (aka St. A’s).

Here’s an excerpt from their website: “St. Anthony Hall is a national, coed literary fraternity. As a literary fraternity, St. Anthony Hall uses literature and learning to build a community of friends both inside and outside the house.”

Despite the name, St. Anthony Hall is not religiously affiliated and their name is just “a historical quirk.”

Earlier this week, I was able to attend one of their events for rush, the Mad Hatter Tea Party!

Once there I was, of course, offered some very tasty tea and the opportunity to casually chat with two of St. A’s officers (I didn’t know this at the time, but found out later here) :

President Ari Beller ’16 and Historian David Reich ’17!

While Ari came to be involved with St. A’s through what he called a “serendipitous experience” involving his friends’ participation in a play and David saw it as an opportunity to satisfy his interest in the humanities while being a Biochemistry major, both seemed to agree that St. A’s offered them “social environment” where they had “community support” and “cohesiveness.”

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David (left) with Geoffrey Kocks ’18 (right)

Ari was quite enthusiastic in describing his “fall down the rabbit hole,” what he deemed his unexpected, but sudden interest and active participation in the fraternity. He lauded the spontaneity and quirky personalities among St. A’s members, often referring to them as “friends” (something David did also).

One thing Ari touched upon that I found quite interesting was the “grounded community” he found at St. A’s as opposed to the “transient friends” he made his freshman year at Brown. I, for one, think this is quite important as I see the “transience” happen often in different social groups, so I think anyone would be quite appreciative of a stable and dependable community, just as Ari was.

To make a long story short, I think I’ll end with some fitting words from and about St. A’s: “We are a group of dedicated people looking for ways to express ourselves… a supportive, tight-knit group of people who value creativity and expression. [We are] sisters and brothers whom you can trust and rely on, and who trust and rely upon you.”

Thank you to Ari, David, and all who welcomed me at St. A’s recently!

As always, all my love.

Jackie

Don’t hesitate to leave any questions, comments, frustrations, tirades, rants, chocolates, inquiries or suggestions (I’d love your input) either below or in my email,  jacklyne_vargas@brown.edu! I’m seriously excited to interact with you all… Seriously. Have a delightful day!

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