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Great awards follow a great year in Greek Life

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

 

Fraternity members celebrate success in 2010-2011 academic year. (Photo by Daniel M. Reck.)

It’s been a big year for Greek Life at Monmouth College.  Thousands of dollars have been raised for charity, thousands of hours have been given in service, and hundreds of students have enjoyed academic success.

The pinnacle of each year is Greek Week, which recently concluded with the Annual Greek Life Awards.  All seven Greek organizations came together, raised over $1,050 for Haiti earthquake relief, and organized a record-setting blood drive.

“Greek Week this year was a magnificent success!” says Haleigh Turner ’12, Greek Week Chair and President of Pi Beta Phi. “Every chapter came together on multiple occasions to hang out, have a great time, possibly get slimmed, and show campus that no matter our letters we are a unified Greek System.

Through Penny Wars and a Car Bash, Greeks raised $1,054.13, which will go to Lights for Haiti through Citizen Effect. The money raised will help provide solar-powered lanterns to Haitians who are still recovering from the earthquake that devastated the country two years ago.

There were many events during Greek Week, from a Bop-It tournament, Slime-Time, karaoke, trivia, a scavenger hunt, and philanthropies; perhaps one of the most memorable was the All-Greek Candle Pass.

“It really meant a lot to see brothers and sisters from different organizations linked together representing not only our unity during Greek Week but our forever support of one another as we passed a significant item from each chapter as well as sang our songs,” says Turner.

The Greek Week show allowed fraternity members to show off their values, pride, and humor as they put on four 1990s-themed acts. In addition to the shows put on by Greek organizations, the so-called Greek God and Goddess, along with their Demigod and Demigoddess counterparts, competed in talent, questions, and overall participation to win the titles.

The men of Sigma Phi Epsilon and the women of Pi Beta Phi won the Greek Show on Thursday night with their medley of references to 90s television shows and dance numbers. The men of Zeta Beta Tau, teamed up with a mix of women from each women’s fraternity dubbed The Panhellenic Alliance, won the banner contents, which was also announced at the Greek Week show.

Greek Week ended on Friday with the Annual Greek Life Awards banquet. Greeks dressed to impress and to raise awareness for autism. Alpha Xi Delta women handed out blue ribbons for World Autism Awareness Day, which coincided with the awards program.  Outside, Wallace Hall’s famous copula was lit in a brilliant blue as part of the national “Light It up Blue” campaign for Autism Awareness Month. The Empire State Building in New York City, along with many other landmarks, were also awash in blue for the night.

The banquet, held in the specially-decorated cafeteria, brought together fraternity members from every organization to celebrate their successes and the success of their fellow brothers and sisters. The guest list not only included fraternity members, but faculty, advisors, deans, and President Mauri Ditzler.

The women of Alpha Xi Delta won Overall Greek Week for their fourth year running as well as many other chapter and individual awards.

“We have worked hard to better ourselves and to follow our National Fraternity motto, ‘realize your potential,’” says Kim Dwyer ’12, President of Alpha Xi Delta. “It was exciting to see all of our hard work pay off.  Our chapter is more than grateful and proud of one another.”

Although each of the awards are of high honor, the most prestigious award that can be earned at Monmouth College is the award for Outstanding Chapter Operations. This year, Pi Beta Phi earned this award.

Recipients of the 2011 Greek Life Awards were:

  • Academic Excellence Award – Alpha Xi Delta
  • Excellence in Campus Involvement and Leadership – Phi Delta Theta
  • Outstanding Chapter Program – Xi Man, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Award for Excellence in Community Service and Philanthropy – Phi Delta Theta
  • Outstanding Advisor – Denise Turnbull, Pi Beta Phi
  • Emerging Female Leader – Lydia Butler, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Emerging Male Leader – Jeff Skalon, Alpha Tau Omega
  • Outstanding Greek President – Leah Statler, Pi Beta Phi
  • Greek Woman of the Year – Kristen Wyse, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Greek Man of the Year (Cy Reagan Award) – John Cayton, Phi Delta Theta
  • The Richard “Doc” Kieft Award – Rodney Clayton, Phi Delta Theta
  • Outstanding Chapter Operations – Pi Beta Phi
  • Greek Week Spirit Award – Alpha Xi Delta
  • Greek God and Goddess – Andrew Farraher, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Ashley May, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Greek Demi-God and Demi-Goddess – Alex Mackley, Zeta Beta Tau and Courtney Jonsson, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Overall Greek Week Winners – Alpha Xi Delta

“Winning the Chapter Operations Award is a true honor”, said Turner. “Leah, as President, and our executive board, worked hard to excel our chapter to one that adheres not only to a loving sisterhood but one with high standards for our sisters.” μ

Michelle Bruce ‘12

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Greek Week to support Haiti, recognize excellence

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

The 2011 Greek Week kicks off this Friday, March 25. The week will start off with an all Greek dinner and dance party on Friday. Greeks will be expressing their love for the 90s decade, and their pride for their organizations during this week.

“We started planning [in] September,” said Haleigh Turner ’12, head of the Greek Week Team and president of Pi Beta Phi. According to Turner, the group, which includes representatives from all seven fraternities, worked hard this year to create a week with fun 90s-themed games, singing, dancing, and even service.  Representatives from the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils, as well as Order of Omega, also contributed to the effort.

On Saturday, Greeks will come together to clean up the Monmouth College campus and end the day with some games. Monday starts Penny Wars during lunch and dinner, which will continue until lunch on Friday, April 1.

Proceeds from Penny Wars and the other philanthropies occurring throughout the week will be donated to the Lights for Haiti Project through Citizen Effect, an organization that encourages people to create teams and join together to raise money towards a certain project.

Greeks will be raising money to bring lights to Haiti. “What’s interesting about Citizen Effect is that you can actually see what the money is being put towards and how many people it is helping,” Turner said.  Other proceeds will benefit campus programming by the Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils, which sponsor Greek Week.

The highly-anticipated Greek Week Show will take place on Thursday, March 31, at 7:00 PM. Four teams  of fraternity men and women will perform skits portraying Greek values using the 90s theme. “It is going to be the best one yet!” said Kim Boyd ‘13, manager of the Greek Week Show and member of Alpha Xi Delta.

The week will end with the Annual Greek Life Awards on Friday, as organized by Order of Omega, the honor society for men’s and women’s fraternity members who excel academically. The banquet, also hosted by Monmouth College, Interfraternity Council, and the Panhellenic Council, will feature a keynote address from Colonel Stephen Bloomer, a senior development officer for Monmouth College, and advisor to Phi Delta Theta.

Awards will be presented by other campus dignitaries, including Vice President for Student Life Jacquelyn Condon, Associate Dean of Students Michelle Merritt, and Assistant Director of Greek Life, Leadership, and Involvement Daniel M. Reck.  The awards recognize a range of accomplishments from outstanding chapter advisors, academic achievements, and excellence in chapter operations.  Order of Omega will also recognize the students who were inducted this year, as well as the faculty and staff members they have selected to honor with membership.

The Greek Week team worked hard to schedule events around class schedules. While Greek members are encouraged to participate in every activity, it is important to attend every class during this week, said Turner.

“It feels really good to see our hard work turning into a reality.” said Boyd. μ

Michelle Bruce ’12 and Annie Soto ‘12

 

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2011 Greek Week Schedule of Events

Friday, March 25, 2011 – Greek Week Kickoff: Wear Fraternity Letters

  • Noon – Show: All show music/DVDs/videos due, Leadership Development Office
    (late entries will not be accepted and result in disqualification)
  • 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM – All Greek Dinner, Main Dining Room
  • 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM – All Greek Dance Party, Fraternity Complex Social Space

Saturday, March 26, 2011 – Wear Greek Week Shirts

  • 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM – All Greek Campus Clean Up, meet at Dunlap Terrace

Sunday, March 27, 2011- Wear Greek Apparel

  • 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM – All Greek Brunch, Main Dining Room
  • 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM – Legends of the Hidden Temple including Photo Hunt, Huff Center Field house
  • 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM – All Greek Candle Pass, Liedman Lawn

Monday, March 28, 2011- Wear Greek Apparel

  • 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 12:10 PM to 12:50 PM – Monmouth College Chapel Service, Dahl Chapel
  • 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM – ‘90s Karaoke, Scotland Yard

Tuesday, March 29, 2011- Wear Greek Apparel

  • 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM– Figure it Out/Slime Time, Dunlap Terrace
  • 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM – Show Rehearsal Periods, Dahl Chapel
  • 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM – Car Bash Philanthropy and Sno-Cones, Lower Dunlap Terrace

Wednesday, March 30, 2011- Wear Greek Colors

  • 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Greek Week Blood Drive, Huff Concourse
  • 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM – Trivia, Highlander
  • 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM – Show Dress Rehearsal, Dahl Chapel
    (required dress rehearsal with full costumes and A/V, absence will result in disqualification.)

Thursday, March 31, 2011- Wear Greek Week Shirts

  • 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM – Trash for Tips, Meet at Dunlap Terrace
  • 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM – Greek Week Show, Dahl Chapel
    (tech crew arrives at 6:00 PM, performers arrive at 6:30 PM, house opens at 6:45 PM)

Friday, April 1, 2011- Dress to the Pin/Badge

  • 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM – Bop It Tournament, Tartan Room
  • 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM – Annual Greek Life Awards and Banquet, Main Dining Room

 

Student Commentary: Let’s help the uninitiated understand poor behavior isn’t our ritual

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

The Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity chapter at Yale University caused an uproar during activities associated with one of their pledging rituals.  According to a report in The Chronicle of Higher Education, upperclassmen led new members in chants that were offensive and demeaning towards women.  In the aftermath, the chapter president sent out a formal apology to the university, women’s rights groups on campus, and anyone else that the stunt may have offended.

While this behavior is a travesty for everyone involved and a terrible incident that makes the entire Greek system look bad, the way some subscribers to The Chronicle’s website have responded to the report has also been unkind and often based in misinformation. Individuals who have commented on the report have called everyone that is involved in a fraternity a “group of thugs” and “a bunch of middle class white boys crying about needing a place to commune.”

To stereotype an entire system like this is unwarranted and unnecessary, and feels like hate mongering toward the Greek system.  The problem with blog responses like the one in The Chronicle is that there is no filter to what people can say, and no one can see who is commenting, as often real names are obscured behind electronic aliases.    Let’s not forget that this comes from readers of The Chronicle of HIGHER EDUCATION (emphasis mine), and so one would expect the comments to be informed by a certain amount of understanding about the reality of Greek Life—the good and the bad—by virtue of the readers’ daily involvement on college campuses around the country.

Behavior as displayed by the Delta Kappa Epsilon chapter at Yale qualifies as hazing, which is prohibited at every reputable college and university.  There are strong laws against hazing in any way, shape, and form.  Every national fraternity prohibits hazing.  However, incidents like the one at Yale to show that hazing is still ongoing, and this is admittedly a bitter pill to swallow.

So now the question is, rather than posting generalized attacks against Greeks on the internet, how should we respond to a fraternity that is hazing?

First and foremost, the health and well-being of hazed victims should be taken care of.  These young men were embarrassed in front of the entire Yale student body.  Providing access to counselors and involving the campus administrators in the healing of the chapter is one of the first steps.

Next, the local organization guilty of instigating the hazing should be dealt with. There have been cases of hazing when a chapter has been forced to leave a campus, and officers and those taking part in hazing given jail sentences.  Unfortunately, hazing often comes from a habit of poor behavior stemming back many years.  So, while it is a sad thing to see a fraternity evaporate, one might say that the members took the first steps in dissolving their brotherhood when they began hazing in the first place.

To his credit, the President of Delta Kappa Epsilon at Yale, Jordan Forney, apologized to the news in an email saying that the actions were “inappropriate, disrespectful, and very hurtful to others.”  While this is a step in the right direction, it still cannot fix the damage done.  The chapter should hold seminars and presentations to teach members about the issues of hazing, and help make sure that other chapters do not commit the same errors in behavior.

Hopefully the university and Delta Kappa Epsilon will take the appropriate actions to solving the hazing problems, and make sure that this type of unacceptable act will never happen again on the Yale.

We should also not ignore the public comments about this incident on The Chronicle’s website; the accusations made about Greek Life are incorrect and misinformed.  However, we, as Greek members must make it our job to prove these type of comments wrong by ending hazing all together, and keep pushing to make sure that the positive steps of members are brought to light.  μ

Alex Woods ‘12

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Greek Life in the News

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Greeks Life appeared in the news several times this week.  Please be sure to check out these stories in the The Courier at Monmouth College:

Family is more than just biology

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

“Your brothers in your fraternity are just like your family,” says Phi Delta Theta member Matt Verner ’11.

After new Greek members chose fraternity families during recruitment, they were joined by their biological families during Monmouth College’s Family Weekend, September 24-25, 2010. The weekend featured a number of activities for students and their families including a mentalist, a 5K run/walk, and inflatables.

Some Greek organizations on campus hosted their own Family Weekend activities as well. Kappa Kappa Gamma held a breakfast for parents and family. Pi Beta Phi invited families to take part in Monmouth’s Family Weekend activities as a collective group. In addition to Monmouth Family Weekend, many Greek organizations host special family weekends, moms’ weekends, and dads’ weekends throughout the year.

For Greeks, Family Weekend is more than just hanging out with their own families. It’s about connecting two families together: biological and fraternal. Fraternity members are often families away from home.

“During family weekend, my biological family got to meet the family of my little sister in Pi Phi,” says Katie Argentine ’12, a member of Pi Beta Phi.  “I liked seeing how similar my real family and my sorority family are.”

According to Verner, Greek members develop an understanding of why fraternal brothers and sisters fit into the Greek Organization.  This understanding comes from meeting the biological families and seeing where they came from.

“Everyone’s family helps mold the type of person they are,” says Verner.

Meeting the families of Greek brothers or sisters is only part of the experience. Biological families are able to learn about the meaning a particular organization has for its members as well as the benefits one can receive.

Many students on campus are distanced from home. Becoming a part of an organization, like Greek Life, can help students cope with the feeling of being homesick.

Annie Soto ’12 says, “Choosing a school four hours from home was a hard decision for me to make but once I got to campus and joined Alpha Xi, I found the same kinds of bonds in my sisterhood as I could find at home with my family.”

Greek organizations can offer a home away from home. “Whenever I miss my life at home I know that I can always go to my sisters for that home feeling of love and comfort to help me get through the rough times,” says Soto. “I mean, there is a reason why they call it sisterhood, right?” μ

Michelle Bruce ’12 and Jennifer Wheeler ’12

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New members dive into Greek Life

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

“I got a chance to connect with people that I would have never gotten the chance to meet without the New Member Retreat,” said Cyrus Turner ‘14, a new member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

This is a major goal of the annual Greek New Member Retreat, where men and women from all seven fraternities at Monmouth College spend the day working on team building, Greek unity, and learning how to live up to a positive image for the entire Greek system.  Facilitated by a group of upper class members, the retreat took place at Camp Summit in New Windsor, Ill.

It was a full day at Camp Summit, starting with buses leaving campus at 9 o’clock on Sunday, October 19.  Activities and games included canoeing and the “the wall,” where teams involving every men’s and women’s fraternity worked together to get members over a 20-foot tall obstacle.  Goal-setting sessions were also held within each chapter.  Chapters also discussed how to combat negative stereotypes and set goals. 

Overall, the retreat was an opportunity for new members of Greek Life to come together with their new brothers and sisters.  “I really enjoyed getting to know everyone,” said Turner.

Jeff Skalon ‘12, new member of Alpha Tau Omega was impressed with the team building activities.  Skalon said “we had to work as a team to accomplish throughout the day, especially when it came to the wall.” 

While this was a positive experience for new members, it was the upperclassmen of Greek Life who worked hard to put together the weekend.  Jennifer Wheeler ‘12, member of Pi Beta Phi and president of the Panhellenic Council, attended and helped organize the retreat.  “I believe the new member retreat went extremely well this year,” she said.  “All the new members were really receptive about learning about Greek Life and being able to build their teamwork skills with the other members of the pledge class.”

The retreat also marked the beginning of National Hazing Prevention Week.  Hazing, as defined in Illinois State law, is “any action or situation that intentionally causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule, or risks emotional and/or physical harm, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.” 

Hazing, as a stereotypical behavior of Greek organizations, continues to plague the fraternity community even as the groups prohibit it and do extensive education about preventing it.  All men’s and women’s fraternity members signed Greek Life Membership Agreements in which they agreed to prevent any hazing at Monmouth College, and to uphold their fraternal values.

The annual Greek Life New Member retreat reminds everyone that these new members are the future leaders of the Greek System.  “I think the retreat helped the new members become stronger leaders and they are better prepared to take our organizations further,” said Wheeler. μ

Alex Woods ‘12

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Greek Life kicks off recruitment year with strong start

Monday, September 20th, 2010

With the 2010-2011 school year just beginning, it is time for men’s and women’s fraternities at Monmouth College to recruit their future leaders.   With the end of formal fall recruitment, Greek Life has recharged and reloaded with a new class of young men and women ready to become the new faces of Greek Life.

The women’s fraternities have started off the year well.  Kappa Kappa Gamma was able to meet to meet its annual quota with 15 new members.  The women of Pi Beta Phi have been joined by 16 new members.  Leading the pack among women’s fraternities, Alpha Xi Delta has inducted 17 future leaders with plans to offer more bids as the year continues.

For the men, Zeta Beta Tau recruited eight new brothers.  Alpha Tau Omega has nine new members.  Ten men have joined the brotherhood at Sigma Phi Epsilon.  Phi Delta Theta made a showing by bringing 14 men into their growing brotherhood.

Phi Delta Theta approached recruitment with some new ideas regarding the process.  According to John Cayton, Phi Delt’s Recruitment Co-Chair, “there was a sharing of the responsibility of recruiting rather than one person doing the bulk of the workload.”  He said that this is vital because it takes more than one person to recruit; it takes an entire chapter to ensure that the best men or women become a part of Greek Life.

Lauryn Pearson, recruitment officer from Kappa Kappa Gamma, was very enthusiastic about this year’s recruitment.  “My favorite part about my job was being able to deliver the bids.”  Pearson went on to say, “being there when the girls open their door and have some of them cry because they’re so happy or just be really excited and have a huge smile on their face, definitely made all the late nights of recruitment and long planning throughout the summer worthwhile.”

Recruitment may take many days, weeks, and months, but the end result is what keeps the system going and growing.

While there have been rumors about this being a down year for Greek recruitment, the numbers show otherwise.  The numbers of each fraternity (men’s and women’s) have shown recruitment is on track when compared to recent years.  In fact, more women have joined woman’s fraternities than last year.  While some women did drop out early in the recruitment process, this is a normal phenomenon that happens every year at every college that has a Greek Life system.

Although formal rush is over, it doesn’t mean that someone interested in joining Greek Life has missed out.   Most chapters run year-round recruitment and may offer invitations to join throughout the semester.

Interested students should be on the lookout for upcoming recruitment events for both men’s and women’s fraternity recruitment events and opportunities. Think of this as watching a baseball game.  You can’t declare a winner after the third inning.  There is still a lot of game left to go, and in the same token, there is still a lot of recruitment left.   Formal recruitment was a success according to officers throughout the Greek Life community, but recruitment is a year-long process and is never truly over.  μ

Alex Woods ’12

What in the world are those ‘staches for?

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

You might be wondering why there have been moustache stickers all around campus this month. It is not a silly prank or a few guys goofing around but instead it is the men of Zeta Beta Tau banding together for men’s health. Movember is the organization behind the moustache and it was started in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia. The men who started growing their facial hair never thought that it would lead to the success in raising money that it has. The money raised is spilt between the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. ZBT member Perry Mason said about the organization, “Being a part of Movember lets me be more conscience of health issues I should be aware of in the future.”

The members of ZBT had a table set up during the lunch and dinner hours in lower level Stockdale where possible donors could learn more about Movember, donate, and pick up some moustache stickers also. With health being such a taboo issue, the men just setting up the table with information is starting the conversation that needs to happen. “Health is an issue guys don’t focus on because they are too busy, don’t think they have any health issues, or just don’t like the doctor,” said Mason.

Thanks to the men of ZBT there is hope that the men on this campus will take more time to speak with their doctors about their health and encourage their friends to do the same. Women, do not think that you cannot help out too! By spreading the word to your male family members or friends you are helping more than you could ever imagine. Both men and women on campus can donate to the organization by contacting Perry Mason at pmason@monm.edu. μ

                                                                                                                                                                                             Gabi Schaerli ‘12

Greeks creating ties and getting over the wall

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

The stress and nerves of recruitment are over and the fun of getting to know the new members of the various Greek organizations on campus has begun. In theory this may sound easy, but with the whirlwind of things going on in the mind of a new member, getting to know students in other organizations is no small task. Hence, the Greek Life new member retreat!

This year, the new member retreat was at Camp Summit at the end of September. New members participated in activities that varied from discussion to team building challenge courses and more. One of the favorite activities for many of the new members was the twelve foot high challenge course called “The Wall.” Teams had to work together to get the entire group up and over the wall.  Rachel Greising, a first year member of Alpha Xi Delta, reflected on her experience with the wall. “I really liked the wall activity.  It was fun to get everyone up!” Joe Hasenstein of Sigma Phi Epsilon agreed that, “the wall climb was a lot of fun, it teaches both self-esteem and team work.” The groups were made up of new members from each Greek organization and this helped them to get to know one another better. Some other activities included a trust fall and a low ropes course called the “Spider Web.”

The second part of the day consisted of lunch and a series of discussions about Greek life. One of the most enlightening discussions was about stereotypes of fraternities and sororities. The men and women split up and wrote down common stereotypes of Greek organizations. Hasenstein describes the activity as, “both entertaining and useful.” Haleigh Turner, sophomore member of Pi Beta Phi, was a facilitator at the Greek life new member retreat. Turner commented that the stereotype activity, “gave everyone an opportunity to get everything negative out and start with a blank canvas for the year ahead.” The series of discussions closed with a ribbon pass. Turner facilitated the pass and explained that the meaning behind the ribbon, that was tied, represented that Greeks are strong when they are a single thread, but together they are stronger. The knot at the center represented the strong bonds created between the new members at the retreat. As it was passed, each member described something they will take away from the experience.

The Greek life new member retreat allowed the new members to get away from the hectic schedule on campus and focus on creating and strengthening bonds with other new members in the Greek system. Everyone left Camp Summit with a new perspective, new experiences, and new friends that can do great things when they come together. μ

Gabi Schaerli ‘12 participated in the 2009 Greek Life New Member Retreat as a new member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity.

National Gordie Day sends out anti-hazing message

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Hazing has been somewhat of a black eye when it comes to the Greek system. Although all Greek organizations have adopted no tolerance policies when it comes to hazing, it is still a problem that affects Greeks all across the nation. One of the goals of the Greek life system is to better educate fellow Greeks and non-Greeks alike about this problem. This was the ambition of Pi Beta Phi and their recent Gordie Day presentation on campus.

Gordie Day was created in memorial for Lynn Gordon “Gordie” Bailey, a first year student at the University of Colorado who pledged the Chi Psi fraternity. After a night of forced binge drinking with his pledge class, he was laid down on a couch to “sleep it off.” After being drawn on by his fellow brothers, he was found dead almost ten hours later due to alcohol poisoning. After the tragic event, his family created the National Gordie Foundation in his memory, which aims to educate college students on alcohol abuse as well as hazing. During the presentation the movie Haze was shown. Haze chronicles the story of that fateful night where Gordie tragically passed away.

“The women of Pi Beta Phi wanted to bring National Gordie Day to campus to inform people of the dangerous effects of alcohol while promoting anti-hazing awareness” said Maureen Soso, president of Pi Phi. All Greek organizations at Monmouth College have the same goal of keeping hazing from reaching the campus. Hazing, as defined in Illinois state law, is “the practice of some organizations that is inevitably damaging to individuals and the campus community.” What happened to Gordie fits this definition perfectly.

Even through tragedy and death, the positive message of the National Gordie Foundation can still be spread thanks to the help of Pi Phi. Soso said, “we’re trying to make sure a tragedy like Gordie’s does not happen on this campus.” μ

 Alex Woods ‘12