This page answers many questions that are often asked during the initial contact with our fraternity.

Fraternity? What's that?

A student fraternity or corporation is an association of students and former students of a university, college, or similar academic institution that cultivates customs and traditions. In Germany, there are a variety of different fraternity types: from non-fencing, over-optional and free-fencing to the compulsory fencing associations. Likewise, there are many associations with a religious, technical, artistic, hunting or sporting orientation. In addition, there are all-male, all-female, and mixed fraternities in which both men and women can be active. However, the lifeblood principle is adopted by all of them.

The Moeno Ripuaria is a free-fencing (more information down below), non-denominational, pure male fraternity. For us, the principle of tolerance and friendship is of the highest importance. Historically, we are an association of students of technical faculties, but we always included members of other faculties too (such as social sciences, business management, etc.).

What does "fraternity for life" mean in particular?

The members of our association have set themselves the goal of successfully completing their studies in the community. In addition, we enjoy a happy student life, which is reflected by the various events we hold during the semester. However, with all these matters the private life of each member is not neglected. After completing our studies, we are connected by a life-long friendship and our color-of-arms, thanks to our affiliation with the Moeno Ripuaria. The active members regularly organize events, where all members of the Moeno Ripuaria can meet again, no matter where they went after their studies.

What is the advantage of the fraternity for life?

At the beginning of your studies you are often confronted with problems. This often raises the question of how to compile his own personal study plan or to which institutions one can turn to when difficulties arise. It is precisely in our association that such things can be overcome, since here the older students and young elderly gentlemen support the novices with advice and action. Due to many different generations in our federation, the fraternity for life principle also allows us to make contacts with graduates, our "old gentlemen". These can provide help for an internship, trips abroad, future career planning or general studies and life issues.

Who can become a Moeno?

Members of the Moeno Ripuaria can be any male student who is enrolled at the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt or at any other university in the EU. The joining of women into any form of a fencing connection and also most non-fencing fraternity is not possible. However, women can join the "TDV Feminae e Franconia" in Schweinfurt or other several other pure female associations in Würzburg. Women with and without color-of-arms are very welcomed to visit the Moeno Ripuaria during open events.

Do I have to fence?

No, since we are a free-fencing association. Every Moeno Ripuare is free to decide whether he even wants to participate in student fencing at all. However, if a member decides to fence, he receives full support from the fraternity.

What are the benefits of a membership in the Moeno Ripuaria?

The first is a multi-faceted, cross-generational circle of friends, from the 18-year-old novice to the 90-year old gentleman. Such a large number of members (currently over 250) is a constant challenge for each individual. Through the organization of attractive semester programs, lectures and study trips, you will get to know many interesting hobbies and the most beautiful corners in Schweinfurt and all of Germany. As a member, one can also quickly encounter older study semesters of his course of studies and can benefit from their experience. The old gentlemen are also happy to help with advice and action. Our MOENO-Haus is located on the outskirts of the city center of Schweinfurt. In this one you can celebrate just as joyfully as diligently study. Especially during the examination period there is a large number of students (also non-members) to prepare for the upcoming examinations. Furthermore, the MOENO-Haus offers a variety of books, a well-equipped computer room, where everything from the printer to the copier is to be found. After completing the studies, the contact with your circle of friends is not lost, since our connection is based on the fraternity for life principle described above.

Will my grades suffer?

No, the members of our association graduate just as good as other students, as fast or slow. Of course, the study period is an irretrievable time in life, which is also to serve the development of one’s personality. According to our principle of "science", however, the successful completion of the study of each individual member of the Moeno Ripuaria is the first priority. We understand if someone has to focus on one´s studies and can only invest a small portion of their time to the association. However, we do not show an understanding of people who do not adequately follow their studies. Thus, it can happen that, in such a case, various, learning-related measures are taken. Through a timely thought-out schedule, which is reasonably divided during the course of studies, as well as the promotion of the scientific principle, a reservoir of experience is gained, which in the later professional life pays off quite well. The many professors, entrepreneurs and managers in our ranks daily testify to this.

Are there no disadvantages?

Of course, massively even! As a member, you will be confronted with other opinions, other individuals and sometimes even with strange customs. It is necessary to take on tasks and, in time, even to take responsibility, to formulate even three or more coherent phrases in front of random people, who may be forced into a suit and tie for a festive event. And then there are the old gentlemen - finished students, who do not want to stop discussing topics and support one in difficult situations. In a word: terrible! Of course you have to live with it, to be confronted with prejudices as a frat student and to be defamed anywhere. But this only serves the personal process of maturation, and shows what strange direction our society sometimes drives to. Anyone who has participated in our "big roll play" game, or has been able to gain insight into the Moeno Ripuaria, is sure that we do not celebrate and drink more than other students or fire fighters and constantly make plans to take over the world. We have been living after a part of a great German tradition for over ninety years, neither in secrecies nor non-fundamental. By the way, we also have members from Africa, South and Eastern Europe or Asia in our ranks ...

Are there famous frat students?

There are famous frat students from all professional fields. Here are a few examples:
• Thomas Gottschalk (1950 - present, show host)
• Joseph Ratzinger (1927 - today, Pope Benedict XVI)
• Christoph Metzelder (1980 - today, former footballer)
• Edmund Stoiber (1941 - today, German politician)
• Karl Ferdinand Braun (1850 - 1918, physicist, inventor of the Braunschen tube, Nobel Prize winner)
• Gottlieb Daimler (1834 - 1900, manufacturer)
• Hugo Wilhelm Henkel (1881 - 1952, entrepreneur)
• Konrad Adenauer (1875 - 1967, German politician)
• Max Planck (1858 - 1947, Nobel Prize laureate physics)
• Ferdinand Porsche (1875 - 1951, automotive engineer)
• Robert Bosch (1861 - 1942, entrepreneur)
• Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939, founder of psychoanalysis)
• Otto von Bismarck (1815 - 1898, first Chancellor)
• Wilhelm II (1859 - 1941, last German Emperor)
• Hanns Martin Schleyer (1915 - 1977, manager and official)
• Franz Josef Strauss (1915 - 1988, German politician)
• Gustav Stresemann 1878 - 1929, German politician and Nobel Peace Prize laureate)
• Friedrich Berentzen (1928 - today, liquor factory)
• Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 - 1945, evangelical pastor)
• Günther Oettinger (1953 - today, EU commissioner)
• Wilhelm Liebknecht (1826 - 1900, co-founder of the SPD)
• Friedrich Bayer (1825 - 1880, founder of the Bayer Group)
• Ludwig Thoma (1867 - 1921, author and editor of the Simplicissimus)
• Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856, poet and writer)
• Dieter Wellershoff (1933 - 2005, General Secretary of the Bundeswehr and the NVA)
• Karl Marx (1818 - 1883, philosopher and economist)
• Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883, composer, director and playwright)