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Would You Bid This 101-Year-Old Incoming College Freshman?

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The term “blue chip prospect” is thrown around a lot these days during rush, and it’s generally nothing more than a way for you to let everyone know that you think one of the rushees is hot. You can call me a liar all you want, but deep down you know the deal. Nobody refers to men as “studs” except fraternity guys during rush and creepy people on Venice Beach who show up and uninvitedly judge bodybuilding competitions using homemade squares of paper with the number “10” written on them.

But incoming freshman Johnny Motes? He’s a blue chip prospect in the phrase’s traditional sense: an extraordinary man your fraternity quite simply needs.


Intelligent and humble, 101-year-old John Motes graduated from a Pike County high school on Thursday night, WSFA reported.

Administrators at Goshen High School said the senior class was more than excited to welcome Motes into the class of 2017. Motes was supposed to graduate in 1933, but a medical condition forced him to drop out during his sophomore year.

Motes didn’t want special treatment. Instead of him walking first, the graduation ceremony proceeded in traditional alphabetical order. He received a standing ovation from the crowd when it was his turn to accept his diploma.

The pursuit of education doesn’t end here for Motes. He plans to major in music at the University of South Alabama. His next goal is to live to be 107.

Every University of South Alabama fraternity was just put on notice. Do you bid Johnny Motes? Of course you bid Johnny Motes. What kind of question even is that? The war stories, the trivia night ringer factor, the denture advice he can give the 1+ brothers who will lose at least one tooth while undergrads… Motes’ utility knows no bounds.

Craziness: Motes came into this world in either 1915 or 1916, which means he was born before the foundation of such reputable national fraternities as Sigma Tau Gamma, Phi Kappa Theta, and Beta Upsilon Chi. Wild. Those three fraternities don’t currently exist on the University of South Alabama campus, but could you imagine the level of one-upsmanship the fraternity that lands Motes would be able to achieve if they were founded while Motes was an undergrad? “One of our brothers fucked your founder’s girlfriend.” Unreal.


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Jared Borislow

Jared Borislow (né The DeVry Guy) is a Senior Writer for Grandex Inc and a 2015 graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

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