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3 The earliest fraternities… Began as secret societies, literary societiesBegan as secret societies, literary societies December 1776 College of William and Mary as December 1776 College of William and Mary as  Social fraternities all based upon scholarship, service and brother/sisterhoodSocial fraternities all based upon scholarship, service and brother/sisterhood 1870 the first woman’s fraternity (or sorority) was formed1870 the first woman’s fraternity (or sorority) was formed

4 In 1849…fraternities made their first appearance at Penn. For 163 years, scholarship, service, brotherhood/ sisterhood and excellence have been the cornerstone of a way of life.

5 What does fraternity have to offer? Scholarship Leadership Service Community Diversity Integrity

6 What does fraternity have to offer? Friendship Culture Social Family Honor Excellence

7 Advantages of membership in a fraternity/sorority Sisterhood/brotherhood, family away from home, lifelong friendships Sisterhood/brotherhood, family away from home, lifelong friendships In many cases a House, home away from home In many cases a House, home away from home Academic support and incentives Academic support and incentives Alumni/career networking Alumni/career networking Resources of a inter/national organization Resources of a inter/national organization Community service Community service Leadership training and experience Leadership training and experience Social Life Social Life

8 Greek Glossary Bid— official invitation to join a fraternity or sorority Bid— official invitation to join a fraternity or sorority Rush/recruitment— the process of recruiting and bringing in new members Rush/recruitment— the process of recruiting and bringing in new members Intake process-- the process or recruitment specific to MGC organizations Intake process-- the process or recruitment specific to MGC organizations Pledge/New member— someone who has accepted a bid but has not yet been fully initiated into a fraternity or sorority Pledge/New member— someone who has accepted a bid but has not yet been fully initiated into a fraternity or sorority Deferred recruitment — refers to those Greek systems that do not recruit first year students until second semester Deferred recruitment — refers to those Greek systems that do not recruit first year students until second semester Hazing- -any action or situation (1) which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student or (2) which willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into an organization Hazing- -any action or situation (1) which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student or (2) which willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into an organization

9 Greek Glossary Initiation— the formal ceremony(ies) that bring a pledge/new member into full membership in the organization, communicating the values, symbols, meanings, etc. of the organization Initiation— the formal ceremony(ies) that bring a pledge/new member into full membership in the organization, communicating the values, symbols, meanings, etc. of the organization Brother/Sister— a fully initiated member of the fraternity or sorority Brother/Sister— a fully initiated member of the fraternity or sorority Alumni/ae— a brother or sister who has graduated or matriculated into a graduate/professional academic program Alumni/ae— a brother or sister who has graduated or matriculated into a graduate/professional academic program Advisory Board– a group of alumni/ae who volunteer their time and talents as a resource for the fraternity/sorority and/or a specific chapter Advisory Board– a group of alumni/ae who volunteer their time and talents as a resource for the fraternity/sorority and/or a specific chapter House Corporation– a group of alumni/ae who volunteer their time and talents as partners to manage a chapter house House Corporation– a group of alumni/ae who volunteer their time and talents as partners to manage a chapter house Inter/National Headquarters– the location as well as the professional staff who run and oversee the general fraternity or sorority Inter/National Headquarters– the location as well as the professional staff who run and oversee the general fraternity or sorority

10 What fraternities and sororities are at PENN? Multicultural Greek Council—MGC Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, Inc  Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.  Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.  Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity  Lambda Theta Alpha Sorority  Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity  Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.  Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity  Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Senioritas Latinas Unidas  Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc.  Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 

11 What fraternities and sororities are at PENN? Panhellenic Council Alpha Chi Omega  Alpha Phi  Chi Omega  Delta Delta Delta  Kappa Alpha Theta  Sigma Delta Tau  Sigma Kappa  Zeta Tau Alpha 

12 What fraternities and sororities are at PENN? Interfraternity Council Alpha Chi Rho  Alpha Delta Phi  Alpha Tau Omega  Beta Theta Pi  Delta Kappa Epsilon  St. Elmo’s Club Delta Phi  St. Anthony Hall Delta Psi  Delta Tau Delta  Delta Upsilon  Kappa Alpha Society  Kappa Sigma  Lambda Chi Alpha  Phi Delta Theta  Phi Gamma Delta FIJI Phi Kappa Psi  Phi Kappa Sigma  Pi Kappa Alpha  Pi Kappa Phi  Pi Lambda Phi  Psi Upsilon  Sigma Alpha Epsilon  Sigma Alpha Mu  Sigma Chi  Sigma Nu  Sigma Phi Epsilon  Sigma Pi  Tau Epsilon Phi  Theta Xi  Zeta Beta Tau  Zeta Psi 

13 Penn Fraternity Sorority System Quick Facts undergraduates from all four schools 850 new members this semester Scholastic performance at or above all men’s and all women’s grade point average Average of 17,500 hours of community service per academic year Average of $125,000 donated to charity per academic year

14 Penn Fraternity Sorority System Quick Facts Fifty-two chapters on campus, 3 governing councils Thirty-six chapters maintain houses Loyal alumni/ae involved with every chapter on advisory boards and house corporations as well as career networking Fraternity/sorority members are involved in an average of 2.7 other activities in addition to their chapter Vast majority of Campus Leaders in all capacities are members of fraternities/sororities

15 Penn Fraternity Sorority System Quick Facts Penn has one of the largest Fraternity/ Sorority Affairs staffs in the country Penn Greeks were the first (and continue to be one of the only) in the nation to write and adopt a comprehensive, student-driven strategic plan and set of standards; just approved their fourth 5-year Operational Plan Formal Freshman recruitment occurs in the first two weeks of the spring semester Upperclass students may join at any time

16 Office of Student Affairs/ Fraternity Sorority Life Director: Dr. Scott Reikofski Programming Team: –Associate Director, Stacy Kraus –Program Coordinator, Larry Moses –Program Assistant, Anne-Marie Staples Facilities Team: –Associate Director for Chapter House Administration and Finance, Beth Schnitman-Malm –Facilities Manager, Sam AlShehabi –Facilities Assistant, Joanne Nasino –Facilities Assistant, position vacant Administrative Team: –Administrative Assistant/Office Manager, Pauline Loria –Data Entry/Receptionist: position vacant –Special Projects/Receptionist: position vacant

17 Office of Student Affairs/ Fraternity Sorority Life Advisement and Coaching –3 governing councils –51 chapters –Greek Alumni Council –Fraternity Sorority Advisory Board Leadership Training –Current leaders –Emerging leaders –Individual Coaching Assessment and Research –Satisfaction –Impact, Greek Experience, Leadership –Benchmarking Discipline –Peer Judicial Boards –University disciplinary process Inter/national HQs –Field Consultants –Communication, reports, meetings Alumni –Training volunteer advisors –Alumni Associations, records –Fund raising Parents Facilities Management –Manage 25 University owned houses Consultation –Individual Chapters –Inter/national Orgs –Campuses Reports and Statistics

18 Schedules to be aware of Recruitment Fall- –upperclass only –Anytime Sept/early Oct Spring- –Starting first day of classes –Done within the first two weeks Rolling Recruitment Intake New Member Education Penn requirements –6 week max Antihazing policy –Commonwealth law –10 hour/wk limit –Time restrictions –Upcoming campaigns

19 Examples of Hazing –Deception –Assigning demerits –Silence periods with implied threats for violation –Deprivation of privileges granted to other members –Requiring new members to perform duties not assigned to other members –Socially isolating new members –Line-ups and Drills/Tests on meaningless information –Name calling –Requiring new members to refer to other members with titles (e.g. “Mr.,” “Miss”) while they are identified with demeaning terms –Expecting certain items to always be in one's possession –Verbal abuse –Threats or implied threats –Asking new members to wear embarrassing or humiliating attire –Stunt or skit nights with degrading, crude, or humiliating acts –Expecting new members to perform personal service to other members such as carrying books, errands, cooking, cleaning etc –Sleep deprivation –Sexual simulations –Expecting new members to be deprived of maintaining a normal schedule of bodily cleanliness. –Be expected to harass others Forced or coerced alcohol or other drug consumption –Beating, paddling, or other forms of assault –Branding –Forced or coerced ingestion of vile substances or concoctions –Burning –Water intoxication –Expecting abuse or mistreatment of animals –Public nudity –Expecting illegal activity –Bondage –Abductions/kidnaps –Exposure to cold weather or extreme heat without appropriate protection –Confiscation of identification/PennCards, room keys, and cell phones. –Carrying irrelevant objects (bricks, lunch boxes, etc.) –Restrictions limiting students’ ability to contact parents and University personnel –Required silence

20 What you can do….. Keep an eye and ear out Notice things that might be a bit unusual Watch for stress/exhaustion related illness Report anything unusual to our office Issues of confidentiality

21 For more information… Contact the Office of Student Affairs/Fraternity Sorority Life 3933 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA Or visit our website at:


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