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Campus life lays down rules for greeks

Published: Thursday, November 4, 2004

Updated: Saturday, November 14, 2009 08:11

Calls of the social and service greek organizations have been less audible this year, but the greek life of the organizations continues to flourish. Currently, six social greek organizations are active on Dillard's campus with opportunities to have intake processes in Spring 2005.

According to Mahauganee Shaw, assistant dean and director for the office of student engagement and leadership development, the six organizations include Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
After the graduation of Dillard's only member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., membership in the organization remains open if Dillard students show an interest.

Currently, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. are suspended from campus due to either national or Dillard suspension until further notice is given.

All past requirements to participate in social greek organizations will stand for future processes. Shaw said that the university still has a zero tolerance hazing policy and reminds students that they must sign an anti-hazing policy form.

Other requirements include a cumulative GPA of 2.75 with no "I" grades, at least a sophomore classification with 30 hours of class work, a zero balance including all work-study debts, good standing with the university and full-time enrollment.

Shaw did say that pledging at another university, also known as cross pledging, is an option for students interested in organizations that are not active on Dillard's campus, but students will be required to follow that school's greek intake policies.

Shaw said that there are no formal connections between Dillard and other universities, but the option is out there for students who are willing to do the research and the work.

Though Shaw recently joined the Dillard family in August, plans to improve and increase greek life on campus have been a priority.

"We need to get NPHC [National Pan-Hellenic Council] re-organized, because it is not organized and functioning properly," Shaw said.

Shaw's plans for the organization include programs hosted in a collaborative effort by the different sororities and fraternities.

A.J. Glynn, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., agrees that collaborative events could be positive to show students "the unity is there," she said.

Glynn, a senior English major from Fort Worth, Texas, agreed that the NPHC could be stronger, "but I also feel that they have to have the leadership."

Glynn said that adequate meetings with the advisors of the organization, administration leaders, and Shaw, who is over greek life, would be steps to take toward strengthening the organization.
Daniel Davis, a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. said that the variety found in the organizations make the NPHC stronger.

"The good thing is that each organization brings variety and is unique," Davis said.
Davis, a junior chemistry major from New Orleans, La., also agreed that the Pan-Hellenic Council could be better but it is also the organizations' responsibility.

"It's up to each organization to come together and make it better," Davis said.
Aaron Smith, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., agreed that the NPHC is not up to par, but communication and relationships between the organizations are sufficient.
Service organizations are also on Shaw's list to improve.

Shaw said that changes are being made to the organizations to help to distinguish between social and service organizations.

Changes include the overall terminology of the processes. While social and service organizations have called their membership process an "intake process" or "pledge processes" in the past, Shaw has changed the membership process for service organizations to "membership educational processes."

Kenneth Hughlon, a junior political science major from Kansas City, Mo. and member of Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, said that he is open to the change, but some of the changes may be interpreted in the same way.

"There is a difference between social and service organizations," Hughlon said, "however, the language would be interpreted to be the same because you are still going through a membership intake process".

Shaw also plans to have noticeable characteristics that show the differences in service and social organizations. One characteristic Shaw mentioned is the selection processes used to decide who participates in service organizations' membership educational processes. Shaw said that service processes should not be selective.

Hughlon and Shaw agree that communication between the social and service organizations is good.

Other service fraternities and sororities on campus include Gamma Sigma Sigma Service Sorority and Phi Gamma Nu Business Fraternity.

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