Society Spotlight: Orthogonian Edition

Iyesha Ferguson

STAFF WRITER

As one tries to navigate through the different societies on Campus, it may be helpful to hear why different members chose their respective societies.

 

The Orthogonian Society


“The Orthogonian Society was founded in 1929 on the principles of giving your 100 percent and staying true to yourself,” said third-year Aiden Whyte. “Since its inception, the society has consistently produced leaders from team captains and student body presidents to the city mayor and president of the United States.”

Whyte pledged into the Orthogonian Society in the Spring of 2017 as a first-year. When asked why he chose the Orthogonian Society, he said, “The Orthogonian Society is truly the best part of my experience at Whittier College. I wanted a society that values brotherhood and duty to yourself and to others above all else, and I saw that right away my first year. I immediately began inquiring about pledging, and I would do it all over again.”

Third-year Noah Humphrey  also pledged into the Orthogonian Society in the Spring of 2017 with the “Timeless Ten.” He said, “The Orthogonian Society has helped me to become a more active person in my community and to be a better-prepared leader in academics, faith, and athletics. I chose to be an Orthogonian because their values are similar to mine, their efforts in helping the community in the sense of camaraderie — of brotherhood.” 

Fourth-year Yvan Monreal pledged into the Orthogonian Society in the Spring of 2018. When asked what his favorite part of being an Orthogonian was, he said, “My favorite part about being an Orthogonian is the fact that I have a support system for life, in the form of my brothers. If I need help at 3 a.m., I know that I can call any one of my brothers, and they will be there for me without question. And, lastly, I know that they will shoot me straight in every aspect of life — if I’m screwing up, they will be the first to tell me, because they want the best for me. The O’s are known for their tight bond and brotherhood, and pride themselves on always giving their 100 percent in everything that they do.”

Third-year Nick Haarlammert pledged into the Orthogonian Society in the Spring of 2018 with the “Thrifty Three.” When asked what the Orthogonian Society has done for him, he said, “The Orthogonian Society has helped me to become a better person, physically and mentally. My Society has shown me to never give up, even when it seems impossible. Being in this society, I have developed a lot more courage and belief in myself. I chose to be an Orthogonian because of the ideals and standards that the society holds. Our ideals consisting of giving our 100 percent in everything we do, making each other a better person every day, and our brotherhood.”