ATO makes strides on campus

Former ATO President William Hargrove (left) and Will Keene (right) pose with awards presented to the chapter. | COURTESY OF BRANDON LAWSON

 

Hannah Hutson, Features Editor

Within the past five years, Samford University h

as gained two Greek Life organizations on campus. Alpha Tau Omega is one such organization and colonized in the Spring of 2014 and chaptered in the Spring of 2015. Since then, ATO has made its presence known in many areas.

In 2016, ATO won its first National “True Merit” award, which is the highest National award aside from “Top Chapter.”

Since 2015, ATO has won “Highest Male GPA” on campus. However, in 2017 the organization has made bigger strides in Greek Life.

In February 2017 former President William Hargrove won “Greek Leader of the Year.” In addition, ATO won second place in Step Sing and later in 2017, won “Chapter of the Year,” “Highest Values” and “Highest Male GPA” at Samford.  They also won another National “True Merit.”

“The awards really reassured us of all the work we put into improving our chapter, especially since we are so new to campus,” Spencer Bissell, vice president of ATO, said.

ATO’s creed claims to “know no North, no South, no East, no West, but to know man as man.” Brandon Lawson, president of ATO, said the fraternity is a diverse group of men drawn together by their drive to change the fraternity experience.

“Fraternities have the potential to be mutually uplifting groups of men that help one another through a very difficult and often confusing phase of life,” Lawson said.

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