"A fraternity is an association of men, selected in their college years by democratic processes, because of their adherence to common ideals and aspirations.
Out of their association arises a personal relation which makes them unselfishly seek to advance on another in the arts of life and the formal instruction of the college curriculum. They all benefit from the culture and character which men acquire by contact with great personalities or when admitted to the partnership of great traditions.
A fraternity is also of such character that after men have left college they delight in renewing their youth by continued association or involvement. They are motivated to bring their richest experiences back to the younger generation in part payment of the debt which they feel themselves to owe the fraternity for what it gave them through their formative years."
- Newton D Baker