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Black Rooster Interview: The Frat Year

Friday, January 18th, 2008
Posted in Profiles & Interviews by Joel Gross

Black Rooster says:

sup

Black Rooster says:

let’s get it on

Joel says:

How did the nickname the Black Rooster come into being?

Black Rooster says:

I think it started in the frat and if I’m correct we came up with it together

Joel says:

i believe so

Joel says:

i think i added the black part

Joel says:

you came up with the rooster

Joel says:

but what was the story behind it? can you recall?

Black Rooster says:

I remember we were in the frat gym lifiting together. My hair was really huge and I was doing bicep curls I think and you were standing next to me

Joel says:

lol… the persian ‘fro

Black Rooster says:

exactly. You turned around and said that my hair was out of control and I said I’m like a rooster. This was also during the period when I was out of control

Joel says:

dude, i never knew you got back under control!

Joel says:

when did this happen?

Black Rooster says:

The you said “Yeah you’re like a black rooster” and it stuck with me since then

Black Rooster says:

hahahahaha

Black Rooster says:

I’m def more calm than before….not as mental

Black Rooster says:

=)

Joel says:

probably true

Joel says:

How about when you and Marques started calling each other Batman and Robin?

Black Rooster says:

Oh yeah…hahahaha

Black Rooster says:

That started in the summer of 03 I beleive. Me and marques were kicking it pretty hard. We both live din the frat and we were drinking tough 4-5 nights a week.

Black Rooster says:

I remember at one point we would finish a half gallon of Monarch Vodka between the two of us in 2 days….sometimes in a day

Joel says:

that was ridiculous

Joel says:

how about case race day? haha

Joel says:

finish 24 16oz Keystone lites in one day

Black Rooster says:

hahaha…oh yeah. I mean we were all out of control

Joel says:

i turned into andrew jordan by the end of that night

Joel says:

now i know why he acted the way he did

Black Rooster says:

exactly…you drank heavy as well. we were all out of control pretty much.

Black Rooster says:

So the batman and Robin idea came up when me and Marques were hammered and just finished smoking blunt. we were sitting in the kiddie pool on the back porch.

Joel says:

hahahhahha

Joel says:

i forgot all about that damn kiddie pool

Joel says:

we would put hot water in it and get girls to join us

Black Rooster says:

I know….it was awesome

Joel says:

it was like a hot tub… for frat guys

Black Rooster says:

yeah…so sweet

Joel says:

a foot deep of water sitting on our 2nd story porch overlooking 45th street and drinking

Black Rooster says:

basically I told Marques that we should start dressing up as Batman and Robin at our frat parties and walk around with a batman logo and stamp/tag hot girls that we had either slept with or wanted to sleep with

Black Rooster says:

From there we epxanded the idea. we started recruiting people in our little group. we had a catwoman, we had penguin man as well

Joel says:

lol i remember that

Black Rooster says:

The sweet part was that it caught on so much that other people at other frats and even girls started creating their own little cartoon characters

Black Rooster says:

We were loving it….quite funny when you think about it right now.

Joel says:

yeah, we were pretty cheesy

Joel says:

i can’t believe such absolute ridiculousness worked on girls

Joel says:

do you think it was due to their desperation, loneliness, stupidity or can it be attributed to our own godlike attributes?

Black Rooster says:

it’s a combination of evertyhing. However you have to remember that not every single guy who lived in a frat was a player or had the ability to get with hot girls. even in our frat there was only a handful of guys who got the reputation of being a player.

Joel says:

true

Black Rooster says:

Now wheter being a player is a good or bad thing depends on how you look at it or what your morals are but it’s a combination of goo dlooks, good talker, charming, somehwat of a meathead and just very smooth. The fact that we were almost always hammered did help the situation lol

Joel says:

haha…

Joel says:

now that i’ve matured, i’ve found that i relate far better to women by just being myself and talking about what i’m interested in and asking them questions than by any of our hilarious antics from back in the day

Joel says:

but i wouldn’t give up any of those memories for the world

Black Rooster says:

I know me neither. We are older now and you can’t really behave like we did when you’re almost 25 although I still sometimes do

Joel says:

i think that people who never experience crazy stuff like that are much more inhibited and stunted as people

Black Rooster says:

very true

Joel says:

i think the more experiences you can try (without something horrible happening) the better

Black Rooster says:

Exactly. The frat may not make you an intellectual but it teaches you some very valuable social skills. It teaches you to deal with different kinds of people in many different social settings

Joel says:

yeah, the year I spent living in sigma chi was very instructive on how human nature works

Joel says:

how people can hide priorities, trusts, allegiances, etc

Joel says:

it would be interesting to do a case study of a frat like ours

Joel says:

but they would never allow it

Black Rooster says:

yeah that’s true

Joel says:

only crappy fraternities with nothing going on ever let people in

Black Rooster says:

but you have to be careful not to read into it that much. Cause bottom line is that fraternitites consist of young, horny high school graduates who just want to party and have a good time at the same time try to figure out their priorities in life. It’s a very dynamic environment

Joel says:

hmm… that’s a good point

Joel says:

i certainly am not the person i was in that situation any longer

Joel says:

i still occasionally exhibit some characteristics (meatheadedness, stubborn, joking arrogance)

Black Rooster says:

exactly. Me too

Black Rooster says:

My experience has been that ex-frat guys tend to be more succesful in their lives. Off course some of them turn into alcoholics and useless but for the most part they all go on to have decent jobs and an active social life. The tend to get involved in things and always try and make something fun happen

Joel says:

yeah… the stats on ex-frat guys are ridiculous

Joel says:

every president from the last century

Joel says:

85% of fortune 500 CEOs

Joel says:

etc.

Black Rooster says:

yeah it’s actually quite amazing

Joel says:

and we’ll just be adding to those statistics with our future successes haha

Black Rooster says:

exacly. Although I think once I go back I have to ask them to initiate me. The longest pledge in Sigma Chi history

Black Rooster says:

lol

Joel says:

hahahah

Joel says:

dude

Joel says:

that is ridiculous… if you went back now for hell week

Joel says:

at 23

Black Rooster says:

it would be funny as hell

Joel says:

u should’ve just taken abraham’s offer of initation without hell week

Black Rooster says:

I know. But I was stupid and Abraham did not plan it well. But it was mostly my own fault and I hate myself for it too. Although once I go back to Seattle I plan on doing something about it

Joel says:

go for it

Joel says:

my memory of some the code stuff has gotten hazy too… you’ll have to remind me

Black Rooster says:

for sure…lol

Black Rooster says:

do you have any more questions

Joel says:

hmmm

Joel says:

i think that this makes for a good interview for now, we can do more in the future

Black Rooster says:
sounds good to me
Black Rooster says:
alright dude. I’m gonna go shower and then I’m heading out for a night of heavy drinking lol
Black Rooster says:
take care buddy and I’ll ttyl

5 thoughts on “Black Rooster Interview: The Frat Year

  1. Hahaha…those were the days. Let’s just see what happens when our kids join frats or sororities…I wonder if they will experience the same things because things have changed alot these days.

  2. Hmm… not sure. My guess is they may spend some quality time watching burning crosses and taping up Indians…

  3. HAHAHAHA….true. Taping up Indians though is just standard really. I personally think you shouldn’t even have to be in a frat to do that. It should be a free weekend activity for families!

  4. That’s how it used to be in the good ol’ days before they had reservations and such… I think we need to have Andrew Jordan get to work on resurrecting the cowboys now that our dear friend Heath Ledger, the gay cowboy, has passed away.

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