The FarmHouse Pillars
The values of FarmHouse Fraternity are founded on what we call the four pillars of FarmHouse. These “pillars” are aspects of our lives that we see as important in continuously building ourselves up to become better men. The four pillars are Intellectual, Social/Moral, Physical, and Spiritual. Each semester we set goals and encourage each other to improve ourselves based of these aspects of our. Below is a little more about each pillar, and what we do in each of these aspects.
Men of FarmHouse know academic excellence is the key to success after college and we strive for it in our daily studies. Some of the tools available to FarmHouse men to help us be successful include:
- Test files, used textbooks, and other resources for classes previously taken by active members that aids us in our coursework.
- Wired Internet in all the dorm rooms and WIFI throughout the whole house.
- Many upperclassmen studying in a wide variety of majors including; Business, Applied Economics, Animal Science, Engineering, Agricultural Education, and Marketing, among many others.
- FarmHouse consistently maintains an average GPA above 3.2, which is above the university’s all-men’s average.
- In the evenings brothers go to the library together to study and work on projects.
- The chapter’s Director of Academics and Scholarship helps people who are struggling with coursework to keep them from falling behind.
Social & Moral
Every semester FarmHouse holds various social functions that involve the entire active chapter. Every fall we have an informal date party and in the spring semester we have our weekend long formal. There are also many themed social events throughout the school year with other fraternities and sororities at the U of M. These events are great opportunities to meet new people and make friends. We do a philanthropy week every fall semester where we host various events to raise money for LLS. This is always a great time and helps us support a great cause.
Additionally, having a housemother improves the moral character of the members, as it is of greater incentive for members to grow to act in a more mature and respectful way. “Mom” reminds us how to respect women, is a resource when we have questions, and has a great knowledge about FarmHouse, as she has been here for about a decade.
Each semester we participate in various intramural sports consisting of flag football, basketball, softball, volleyball, and broomball. We also play Alpha Gamma Rho for the “Cup” three times per year in flag football, basketball, and softball. FarmHouse is located right across the street from the gym, which is convenient for going to work out anytime of day.
FarmHouse rituals were founded on Christian values, which still stand true today. Prayer before every meal and before every chapter meeting is a stronghold that FarmHouse men cherish and respect. Also, our house chaplain host’s weekly Bible studies, which help the men grow in their respective religious faiths. FarmHouse men have been actively involved in local religious organizations like Navigators and the Newman Center (a Catholic center). There are also many groups of FarmHouse men that go to church together every Sunday. Additionally, FarmHouse International sponsors a weeklong service emersion trip to Honduras which some of our members have attended. This allows us to serve other people, learn about our faith and grow to be better citizens.