This task force was formed in response to an offensive email sent by off-campus organization OZ two semesters ago.
This May, 1991 College graduate Bret Weinstein, now a biology professor at Evergreen State College, has drawn attention for remarks that student protesters called racist. But as a Penn undergraduate, he led the charge against racist actions by a fraternity.
His opinion piece comes amid a national conversation on hazing and fraternity culture stemming from the death of Penn State University sophomore Timothy Piazza.
“There was not much communication up until an event was getting shut down,” President of the IFC and College junior Bradley Freeman said. “Our goals were to form a relationship and better understanding between monitors and presidents.”
Vice president of Sigma Alpha Mu and College junior Matt Foman said he felt the Greek community was a good place to start expanding mental health training. “I think that Greek life is a place where people can be very real with each other and aren’t really afraid to talk about more intimate things," he said.
After the president of Penn State published a letter suggesting that a fraternity member's death might result in the banning of Greek Life altogether at Penn State, Penn students maintain their support for Greek life at Penn.
“I, for one, don’t want to have to deal with parties at my house,” McCann said. “But it also places us in an uncomfortable position where we have to rely on boys for parties and alcohol and that can definitely create an uncomfortable power dynamic.”
“We spoke to nationals about it and nationals was super supportive because, of course, this is the Alpha chapter,” Wharton sophomore and Skulls President Garrison Xian said. “Nationals is backing us completely.”
Director of Sexual Violence Prevention Jessica Mertz hopes that the entire community becomes involved in stopping sexual assault so that an incident like the one at Northwestern doesn’t happen on Penn’s campus.
College junior Sesana Allen and Vice President of Diversity on the Panhellenic executive board said she hopes that members who have attended the roundtable discussions are encouraged to make changes within their own chapters to be more supportive of transgender members of their community.
“Approximately seven Greek chapter houses in the vicinity were impacted by this power outage,” OFSL director Eddie Banks-Crosson said in a statement to the Daily Pennsylvanian. “It is our understanding that power should be restored sometime Thursday.”
The recently elected Pennsylvania attorney general spoke as the keynote for Saint Anthony Hall's Speaker Series, a decades-old program the fraternity organizes to engage members of Greek life and other students in political discussions.
After a member of Phi Gamma Delta, commonly known as FIJI, named his beer pong team “VietPong” and received backlash from the Asian-American community at Penn, the Interfraternity Council plans to establish a diversity chair position.
Panhellenic has included a Vice President of Diversity position on its executive board in response to requests from the sorority members for spaces and dialogues that deal with issues of diversity and inclusion.
Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price officially charged the Task Force on a Safe and Responsible Campus Community.
“Penn does self-identify as a Greek school, so as a result, I do think fraternities are imbued with a little more of a protective layer,” College sophomore and member of Chi Omega Alex Johnson said.
Recruitment chair of Chi Omega and Nursing junior Jordan Lilley said she felt it was unfair that one of the reasons given to the sorority chapters for the rescheduling of their recruitment process was that sorority rush events conflicted with fraternity rush events.
“Where I come from there’s nothing like rush. There’s nothing like Greek life or sororities and fraternities. It was new to some extent, I didn’t get what the point of it was,” Engineering freshman Zena Kipkenda said. “When it comes to public colleges, joining clubs in Kenya is up to an individual.”
The Wharton Undergraduate Division’s director of student life Lee Kramer announced that the fraternity will not be permitted to recruit this spring in an email to Wharton freshman and sophomore classes last Friday. The reason behind the recruitment ban was not disclosed in the email.
Despite the widespread student and administrative backlash to the suggestive OZ email outed last semester, the outgoing IFC president said Fraternity recruitment numbers have doubled.