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Greek Life

Pi Beta Phi welcomed a new member class of 29, as compared to 19 last fall. (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Davidson 23)

Sorority recruitment jumps 52 percent over past year

Onab Falak, Staff Writer September 9, 2022

The annual sorority recruitment week is officially over. Even for those who weren’t involved in recruitment, the tide of bright, lettered t-shirts and large trails of glitter made it almost impossible...

Dean Brian Samble hopes that the registration process will lead to safer partying. (Photo by Caroline Burns 22 for The Lafayette)

Upcoming policy change will require students to register all parties

Aliana Mediratta, Staff Writer March 11, 2022

Starting next fall, any group prepping to throw a party will have to add filling out a party registration form to their to-do list. Individuals and organizations planning on hosting an event with alcohol...

Three members of the Dear Lafayette Coalition have joined The Monroe Neighborhood this school year. (Photo courtesy of Fatimata Cham 23)

Dear Lafayette to hold events with Greek organizations, continues ongoing initiatives

Hank Scheffler, Contributing Writer February 18, 2022

Two years after Dear Lafayette's inception, the group shows no indication of slowing down efforts to combat systemic racism and insufficient equity on campus. The tie between the greater Lafayette community...

Prior to coming to Lafayette, Bates served as Program Manager for Fraternity and Solidarity Life at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. (Photo courtesy of Jakes Bates).

Greek Life Advisor Jake Bates reflects on first semester at Lafayette

Emma Chen, Assistant News Editor October 29, 2021

Amid anti-Greek Life sentiment on campus and the COVID-19 pandemic, Jake Bates joined the Lafayette community on July 12 as the Associate Director of Student Involvement and Advisor to fraternities and...

The organizers of the Zetefest spoke to the joy of hosting an event after many were away for campus the past year because of the pandemic. (Photo by Tyler Makover 22)

Student-led music festival “Zetefest” raised thousands for Third Street Alliance

Baris Yazici, Contributing Writer October 29, 2021

The Lafayette chapter of the Zeta Psi fraternity organized a student-led music festival on Oct. 23 that raised $2,000 in support of Easton's Third Street Alliance. The fall-themed festival, or "Zetefest,"...

While the administration attributes most of the September surge in cases to Greek Life, fraternity and sorority presidents rejected this claim and criticized the suspension on new-member activities in a letter to the College. (Photo courtesy of Lafayette College COVID-19 Action Group)

Greek organizations pen letter to administration in response to suspension of new-member activities

Trebor Maitin October 1, 2021

The recent spike in COVID-19 cases on campus coincided with Rush Week. All members of the pledge class are a sophomore or above, and only around one percent of cases during September’s surge were among...

Student Government Greek Life Committee leader Hank Scheffler 22 noted that despite his affiliated status, he plans to govern with the interest of non-affiliated and affiliated members in mind. (Photo by Caroline Burns 23)

The role of Student Government Greek Life Committee may be shifting after last year’s upheaval

Brenna Girard October 1, 2021

Reevaluating its direction, the Greek Life Committee of Student Government is considering switching its name to "Student Involvement" in an attempt to expand its scope. While the notion is still in its...

Lafayettes chapter of Mu Sigma Upsilon is named after the goddess of the moon in South American mythology, Huitaca. (Photo courtesy of Morocco Chauca 22).

Lafayette’s first multicultural sorority Mu Sigma Upsilon discuss future plans for organization

Michael Antonacci September 17, 2021

The members of Lafayette's only multicultural sorority and newest Greek organization, Mu Sigma Upsilon (MSU), are ready to expand their presence.  MSU arrives at College Hill after an arduous application...

Annual dues to Greek organizations are not often discussed during the rush process. (Photo by Caroline Burns 22)

Rush is over and it’s time to pay dues: The economic burden of joining Greek life

Lucie Lagodich September 10, 2021

Rush week at Lafayette wraps up today after a two-week process. Sororities finished a week ago, and the newest fraternity brothers receive their bids today. Many sophomores dove into this process after...

Located behind Marquis Hall, the former Tri Delta Sorority house is currently housing upperclassmen. (Photo by Kwasi Obeng-Dankwa 23)

No decision on future of former Tri Delta house after sorority’s disbanding last spring

Michael Antonacci September 10, 2021

While currently being used to house upper-level students, no permanent plans exist for the former Tri Delta Sorority House. This leaves open the question of what organization or student group will end...

Members of the conduct committee refused to elaborate on the deliberations of the hearing. (Photo by Caroline Burns 22)

Phi Kappa Psi found not responsible for alcohol and COVID-19 violations after alleged party in February

Andrew Hollander April 9, 2021

After an alleged party was held in the Phi Kappa Psi basement in late February, the fraternity was charged with three violations: failure to comply with COVID-19 policies, serving alcohol to minors and...

Eight of the more than 25 ex-members pictured here in front of Kirby Hall. (Photo by Caroline Burns 22)

Why we dropped: Ex-sorority members talk problems in Greek life and their decisions to leave

Emma Chen March 19, 2021

Last semester, women started leaving sororities in droves. Their reasons were many, but the more than 25 ex-members who dropped were united in their criticism of Greek life as an institution. From issues...

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