Greek life coming to UIS
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The majority of universities in Illinois have Greek life, and now UIS may be added to that list.
Many incoming freshman and prospective students ask about the Greek life on campus. Members of the Greek Affairs Board agree that there is a need for it because of all the positive attributes that come with it.
Since the 1990s, UIS students have been attempting to bring Greek life onto campus. The Greek Affairs Board has been granted permission to begin forming chapters of sororities and fraternities in the upcoming school year.
The Greek Affairs Board had to go through a long process of petitions, research, presentations and meetings, and it has finally paid off.
In October and November of 2012, different groups came to UIS to present to the students about their fraternity and/or sorority. After the presentations, students were asked to fill out an anonymous survey and pick which ones they were most interested in bringing to campus.
The two fraternities agreed upon were Alpha Phi Alpha and Phi Beta Sigma. The two sororities chosen were Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta.
These four groups are a part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). According to the NPHC’s website, they are described as being an organization of nine historically African American, international Greek fraternities and sororities.
According to Diversity Center Executive Director Clarice Ford, beginning in the fall of 2013 at welcome week, the fraternities and sororities will have a table at the Involvement Expo. This will allow interested students to gather information from each sorority and fraternity.
All students are welcome to join one of the four groups. They are all-inclusive.
Each organization has its own requirements for joining the sorority or fraternity. If a student is interested, they can visit each of the group’s websites for more information.
The fraternities and sororities will decide on projects, and they will be free to decide what it is they would like to do as a group to benefit the community by collaborating as one.
Contrary to typical Greek life at other campuses, there will be no housing for these groups on campus. This was something that was agreed upon between the Greek Affairs Board and the University. “We are starting something new and want to make that path a positive one,” said Kyle Palmer, president of the board.
If students are interested in bringing chapters to campus, they must submit information to the Greek Affairs Board.
For more information about Greek life at UIS, contact members of the board: Kyle Palmer, president; Robert Dixon, vice president; or Ashley Harris, communication chair.