Blaine Russell PicBlaine Russell


Lambda Chi Alpha

Position/Involvement: Lambda Chi Alpha President



Gadsden, AL

High School:

Gadsden City High School




Building Science 






Why did you join a fraternity?        

  • I joined a fraternity because I felt that this was one of the best ways for me to get involved on campus.  When you join a fraternity, you are joining a brotherhood that has been around way longer than you have.  A brotherhood that has excelled for many years and knows how to make you into the man that you want to be.

One of the biggest concerns of incoming freshman and their parents is the financial aspect; do you feel it was worth paying the average of 1500 a semester?     

  • A lot of people worry about the price outweighing the benefits of a fraternity, I am telling you it does not.  Joining a fraternity is probably one of the best things that you can do at Auburn.   You make many connections that can help you to get jobs later on after your undergrad career.  Paying $1,500 a semester is a small price to pay when you think about all the positives that come along with joining a fraternity. 

Another concern of a lot of parents is being able to balance fraternity life with academics, what advice would you give to incoming freshman to help them enjoy all aspects of college while maintaining good grades?

  • I would say that you must become great at time management.  It is not easy, I will say that, but if you put your mind to it its really is not that hard.  The way you decide to manage your time will be the difference is whether you are successful or not here at Auburn.  Freshmen year is the hardest, but you learn in the first few months that academics come first and your social life comes second.

What do you think/what are the benefits to joining a fraternity?

  • Joining a fraternity at Auburn is the best decision I have ever made.  Not only is it a lot of fun, but the number of people that you meet along the way is amazing.  The connections that you make during your time in a fraternity help you to succeed in life.  My first job in construction I got from a fraternity brother who graduated a few years ago.  Joining a fraternity also allows you to become involved on campus.  Freshmen year an older brother kept pushing me to apply for Freshmen Leadership Programs.  I thought he was crazy because I had never done anything like that, but I decided I would go ahead and fill out an application.  A few weeks later I was selected to Freshmen Forum, and it was one of the best experiences of my life.  No matter what fraternity you join the opportunities are infinite.

What do you enjoy the most about your fraternity?

  • A generic answer guys usually say when asked this question is “the brotherhood.”  While you do get close to a lot of guys who will be your friends for the rest of your life that is not the thing I enjoy most.  The one thing I enjoy most about Lambda Chi is the amount of time and effort that each brother puts into their time here at Lambda Chi to make this place a better place when they leave.  Each brother is always trying to contribute and do their part to make this the best place that it can possibly be.

What is the biggest lesson (or two) that being in fraternity has taught you?

  • Being in a fraternity has taught me that it isn’t always about me.  In high school, all I wanted was attention and to stand out amongst everyone else.  Being in Lambda Chi has shown me that it isn’t always about me, but it is about the brotherhood and what you can contribute to the team.  Each brother has a skill that they excel whether it be academics or sports.

If you could go back would you do it again?

  • Yes, because being in Lambda Chi has changed my life.  It has made me into man that I never dreamed I could become.  It has changed my outlook on many things and is the best decision I have made in my life.