Each spring, freshmen and sophomores who join fraternities and sororities are faced with the question of whether or not they are going to live in their chapter houses for the next school year.
By the end of the semester, the fraternity Alpha Sigma Phi will be one step closer to re-establishing its presence within Penn’s Greek community.
The Interfraternity Council, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiatives collaborated to reorganize the implementation of sanctions for unregistered parties.
After reading a column by Lauren Agresti that appeared in an edition of The Daily Pennsylvanian last week about why she chose to deactivate, I agreed with her that Greek life is not right for everybody, but for me it was right.
After 35 years, Alpha Sigma Phi is back.
Students who participate in Penn Greek life speak of the strong bonds they acquire through their sororities and fraternities – bonds that extend to their careers. Some of the benefits include OCR advice and alumni networking.
Graduate students have the option of five graduate fraternities across the Perelman School of Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine and the School of Veterinary Medicine. However, the majority of Penn’s 12 graduate schools do not have specific fraternities.
In my personal version of Dante’s inferno, I imagine that this is the circle of hell that comes right after the dentist’s chair during a filling and just before the rat-infested alley behind Copa.
The problem with Penn’s social life, however, isn’t necessarily the Greek system. The problem is that no well-known, accessible alternative exists.
RushTap allows rushes to create profiles for themselves and keep track of rush events.Starting out with only six fraternities at Penn last year, nearly 100 fraternities now, both nationally and in Canada use the website.
With three fewer fraternities on campus this year, the number of bids offered to potential ‘frat’ members saw a slight decrease. Despite the minor setback, director of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life Scott Reikofski encouraged students to ‘embrace the strong Greek tradition at Penn.’
Penn’s chapters of Sigma Phi Epsilon and Alpha Psi recently lost their tax exempt status as nonprofit institutions. According to the Internal Revenue Service website, Alpha Psi’s tax-exempt status was revoked on May 15, 2010 and SigEp’s was revoked on Nov. 15, 2010.
Food is an integral part of the open rush process for both genders. This past week, fraternities and sororities each served up a different plat du jour, subliminally reinforcing their specific dose of gender stereotyping in such choices.
Now as a sophomore in a sorority, I feel that I would be able to rush much more painlessly if I were to go through the process again. Here are some things I learned that I hope you can benefit from.
College junior and Zeta Tau Alpha sister Jessica Stokes, the newly elected president of the Panhellenic Council, sat down with The Daily Pennsylvanian to discuss her plans for the upcoming year.
My living experience has proven itself valuable in more ways than I had expected.
Living in a chapter house is by far one of the most important steps a newly initiated brother can take in embracing his new family.
Last week, the Interfraternity Council held elections to determine its new executive board. College junior and Psi Upsilon brother Andrew Turell was elected as IFC president and will assume his position in January.
Susan Francia went from flunking freshman year to graduating on the dean’s list to rowing on the U.S. Olympic team.
Penn’s Greek community will be expanding in fall 2013, as fraternity Phi Sigma Kappa is returning to campus after a six-year hiatus.
Since the alcohol pilot went into effect on Oct. 19, seven student groups have registered parties under the new policy. OAD has subsidized security for each of these events.
Six of the 14 fraternities and sororities within Penn’s Multicultural Greek Council are citywide organizations. These MGC chapters include members from multiple schools within the Philadelphia area, including Drexel and Villanova universities.
Wednesday evening, the Penn community joined with family members and friends of Moses at Irvine Auditorium to honor the late Office of Student Affairs/Fraternity Sorority Life program coordinator
According to Reikofski, Moses suffered a heart attack in March and, while he attempted to recover through various forms of physical therapy, “was never really able to get over it.”
Greek Week, a twice-annual event sponsored by the Interfraternity Council, the Panhellenic Council and the Multicultural Greek Council, will kick off with a “Meet the Greeks” event on Locust Walk and will culminate on Sunday with the 12th annual Rena Rowan 5K Ribbon Run/Walk.
Each year, a small handful of transfer students join Penn’s chapter of a Greek organization where they had been a member at their previous school.
Founded over the summer, the Women’s Political League is dedicated to creating opportunities for women to get more involved in politics and leadership roles at Penn.
In the midst of a wrongful death lawsuit and a suspended charter, the brothers of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity will be forced to leave their chapter house at 3539 Locust Walk by the end of the semester.
The official Eco-Reps program kick-off took place on Saturday, and included a trip to the Schuylkill River to plant four trees, among other activities.
The parents of a John Carroll University student who died last year after suffering fatal injuries at a Phi Kappa Sigma New Year’s party have filed a wrongful death lawsuit that some believe may result in a multimillion-dollar payout.
The suspension follows a tumultuous past year and a half for Skulls, in which it has experienced tension with both its national headquarters and Penn’s Office of Student Affairs/Fraternity Sorority Life following the fatal injury of a student at an unregistered New Year’s party.
College senior Jacqueline Baron, who was elected president of Penn’s Multicultural Greek Council near the end of last school year, has big plans for the MGC moving forward.
Nationals is set to begin gauging interest within the Penn community at the end of this semester and is planning to officially begin colonizing after formal spring rush in 2013.
Students at Penn’s approximately 40 fraternities and sororities that have houses can choose to live within their Greek house after their freshman year. For some freshmen, though, the decision as to whether to “go Greek” for housing has been a confusing one.
All eight sororities participated in the dance competition, vying for the grand prize: $500 awarded to the charity of their choice, along with gift cards to Allegro Pizza, City Tap House, Copa Banana and Smokey Joe’s — and of course, a rose from PiKapp.
Greek members, alumni and administrators from the Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council packed the venue.
March 26 marks the start of Penn’s annual Greek Week, a seven-day event organized by the Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council and Multicultural Greek Council to celebrate Greek life on campus.
A dance workshop was part of Pump it Up with Panhel, an initiative launched by the Panhellenic Council this month. The initiative aims to promote mental and bodily health, according to College junior and Panhel President Jill Wang.
Wednesday evening, Delta Sigma Theta discussed gaps in African-American performance in the fields of science, technology, math and engineering.
Greekdex, which is currently only available to Penn students, is a social networking website exclusively for Greeks. The website, which is connected to students’ Facebook accounts, uses an algorithm to link students to other members of their own fraternity or sorority.
Joining a Greek chapter on campus includes paying dues that some believe are unreasonably high.
This exchange took place Thursday night at Café 58 inside Irvine Auditorium, where students attended a self-defense workshop, designed to teach girls about public safety and how to respond in crisis situations.
Panhel recently announced the launch of Junior Panhel, a group of eight representatives, one from each sorority’s freshman pledge class.