“We’re more laid back than most fraternities, we’re not all ‘in your face’,” said John Skertich, president of the Theta Eta Chapter of the Theta Chi fraternity. “We don’t need recognition, and we don’t really pressure people into doing things.”
This trait is what Skertich believes separates Theta Chi from all other fraternities on campus. Skertitch said that the subdued personality of the fraternity is an attempt to keep the atmosphere light and enjoyable.
“We just don’t want to take things seriously to the point that it doesn’t become fun anymore,” said Skertich.
However, what Skertich believes really brings the fraternity together is the wide array of personalities to be found.
“Everyone is really unique and has a great personality,” said Skertich. “Everyone comes together for a great culmination of guys and makes for a great fraternity.”
Theta Chi, which has been active on the SHSU campus since 1989, was first founded in 1856 by two young men at Norwhich University, a military university, in Northfield, Vt.
“They wanted something more than an organization that just gave them orders, something more harmonious than just a chain of command,” said Skertich. “That’s why we try to be so laid back about most things.”
“It’s an experience…it’s a lifetime commitment. I have brothers for life,” said Sophomore Tony Garcia commenting on his experience with Theta Chi. “Every guy here has been here for me at the drop of a dime. You get to surround yourself with guys who understand you because they’ve been through what you have.”
“We’re all about brotherhood,” said Skertich. “We give guys coming (to Sam Houston) something to look forward to.”
However, both a Garcia and Skertich acknowledged some benefits of being a Theta Chi that reach beyond just brotherhood.
“(Being a Theta Chi) has been one of the best things I’ve ever done because I’ve met brothers from around the country who have helped me find offers for internships and offered to help financially.”
“It’s opened up so many opportunities for me,” said Skertich. “I’ve been able to learn a whole lot and been able to take on so many responsibilities it’s really prepared me for life. It’s one of those things that you really get out of it what you put into it.”
Skertich also said that Theta Chi likes to give time back to the community.
“We’re involved with Huntsville Head Start. We hang out with the kids there and have fun with them. We also do a toy drive for them. The best thing to give is your time, especially with kids,” said Skertich.