Tag: Greek life
Jun. 9, 2017
TKE: Reviewing recent years
Tau Kappa Epsilon, Alpha Tau chapter, has been on Drexel’s campus for 77 years and is the university’s longest-standing fraternity.
May. 26, 2017
More questions than answers
Drexel University officially announced May 25 that the Alpha Tau chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon will be suspended for five years — but to us, TKE’s suspension leaves more questions than answers.
May. 12, 2017
Speak up about sexual assault
Two incidents of sexual assault were reported at Drexel University’s Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity recently, alleged to have happened between April 28 and May 4. Now, the fraternity has been suspended temporarily while an investigation is conducted.
May. 9, 2017
Drexel statement: TKE placed on interim suspension amid sexual assault allegations
A Public Safety Advisory was sent to the Drexel University Community May 5 regarding two allegations of sexual assault at the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
Mar. 17, 2017
Optimizing the college experience
Being involved in a Drexel University student organization is something that can have all kinds of different benefits.
Nov. 4, 2016
Ignoring sorority stereotypes
I never thought I was going to join Greek life. Throughout my entire childhood, I watched movies and TV shows that twisted Greek life from being focused on philanthropy and sisterhood into a life of mere partying. Worried about hazing, constant drinking and the idea of strange ceremonies, I had no desire to join Greek life.
Mar. 13, 2015
Greek Life needs self-scrutiny
In October of 2014, the Dartmouth College student newspaper, conveniently called simply “The Dartmouth,” ran a front-page editorial titled “Verbum Ultimum: Abolish the Greek System.” That may be a little heavy-handed here at Drexel University, and the Editorial Board is not of the opinion that the Greek System at Drexel ought to be abolished. However, it goes to show that at other universities, Greek life has gotten completely out of hand. Seemingly every year, there is an incident reported about hazing going wrong (if there is such a thing as a hazing going “right”), and someone is severely injured or killed. Or someone is date-raped at a party. Or some fraternity is caught dealing hard drugs. And so on. Most recently, a video has surfaced of Sigma Alpha Epsilon brothers at University of Oklahoma singing an old, racist song. As a result, the chapter has been disowned by SAE, and the university has expelled two students. Justice, it seems, has been served, at least in this instance. It’s essential for national fraternity chapters to keep tabs on their local university chapters. While SAE was quick to shut down their wayward chapter and condemn their actions, the culture that developed there should never have been allowed to exist in the first place. Here at Drexel, we’re privileged to have Greek Life, which in general isn’t guilty of extreme hazing, racism or Geneva Convention violations that plague other universities. We hope that it stays that way. We also have to say to those considering Greek life that if you experience hazing, discrimination, or behavior that otherwise makes you feel uncomfortable, report it, and if that doesn’t work, find a way out. It’s not the end-all-be-all to join a fraternity or sorority at Drexel; there are other options and other student organizations to join. Student organizations ought to take pride in treating their members with respect and dignity. While they should understand that they do not have all of the same aspects that a fraternity would, they have one thing in common: students. We must respect all of these students so that they can grow to become great, respectable leaders of the organizations that we will entrust them with. It’s important to remember that we are not only training students to be leaders of an organization but also to be leaders in business, academia and government. As such, Greek or not, all organizations need to remain conscious of the values they instill in their members.
Jun. 6, 2014
TKE Alpha Tau suspended again
The Tau Kappa Epsilon, Alpha Tau fraternity chapter was put on interim suspension by its local board of advisers as of May 23. The decision has been supported by the national TKE headquarters and the University, which also put the fraternity on interim suspension May 30.
Apr. 18, 2014
Greek Week guided by new rules
Greek Week 2014 took place April 4-13 to celebrate Greek life by friendly sporting, talent and academic competitions between sororities and fraternities. Phi Mu took home first place for the Panhellenic Council, Pi Kappa Alpha for the Interfraternity Council, and Delta Epsilon Psi and Kappa Phi Gamma for the Multicultural Greek Council. The previous Greek Weeks were three and a half weeklong events during midterms. The 2014 Greek Week Committee shortened the event to 10 days between weeks one and three of the spring academic term and changed the competitions in response to the feedback from last year. The average chapter participation for all competitive events this year was close to 90 percent, compared to 60 percent participation for events in the past. Furthermore, having a Greek Week earlier in the spring allowed the council to hold an event every day. In addition to time span and event changes, the Greek Week Committee worked to eliminate chapter apathy. “In the past year, Greek Week had its challenges. … On the Interfraternity Council’s end was chapter apathy. This was partially due to the timing of the week, but also due to the way events were run and the types of events that were run. Last year specifically, swim relays were cut out,” Raub Dakwale, the 2014 Interfraternity Council chair and political science major, said. Greek Week began with a faculty luncheon opening ceremony and an arm wrestling event. In addition to physical, mental and artistic contests, Greek life members participated in a joint blood drive with the American Red Cross, a philanthropy drop to benefit troops with the help of Drexel ROTC, created care packages for a Christmas in July event, and worked with Alumni Relations at Drexel for the Nick Pipino Memorial 5,000 meter run. IFC dodge ball, swim relays and trivia competitions were a few of the newly added events this year. Photo Credit: Danish Dhamani “[IFC dodge ball] was a completely new event that I added to the IFC Greek Week schedule and it was an incredibly fun event to watch. Watching 12 chapters compete in a single elimination bracket at something so accommodating to various skill sets as dodge ball was definitely awesome,” Dakwale said. The other events consisted of tile designing and painting, volleyball, basketball, flag football, tug of war, swim relays, and academic decathlon. Both the final tug of war competition and the talent show drew in a vast amount of people. “The former is the last event of Greek Week, and for both events a lot of spectators show up and the atmosphere is crazy — even alumni show up to watch tug of war and talent show!” Milu Mathew, the Greek Week chair from the Panhellenic Council and a chemical engineering major, said. “Next year will definitely come with less kinks and better locations,” Mathew said. “[The Office of] Fraternity and Sorority Life at Drexel is committed to making Greek Week wholesome and competitive yet fun for everyone. We’ll be having a feedback session to decide what to change for next year, and students can count on Greek Week becoming really, really great in years to come,” she said. “Greek Week was awesome this year thanks to our advisors Katie Zamulinsky and Audrey Walker at the fraternity and sorority life office. We’d also like to thank Recreational Athletics, Alumni Relations, the Red Cross, Drexel ROTC and the entire Greek community as a whole.” After Greek Week, allegations were made that Pi Kappa Alpha won by a few points that were added by a Greek Week chair after they were disqualified for bringing in their tile late and that Sigma Phi Epsilon would be appealing their second place win. However, Dakwale defended that leniency with preliminary deadlines and accommodations to individual chapter’s needs were conducted throughout Greek Week with verification from FSL; IFC President Matt Morimoto, a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon and civil and architectural engineering major; the IFC VP of Judicial Affairs, Raph Samost, a materials science and engineering major; and numerous members of Drexel Athletics management. “The allowance with Pike’s tile was by no means the first incident nor the last,” Dakwale said. Dakwale provided a list of various allowances on his behalf for many competitions such as allowing multiple chapters to submit their tile design concepts to FSL days after the deadline passed. Pi Kappa Phi was allowed to submit their team rosters for bracketed events past deadline, Sigma Alpha Mu was allowed to send their team rosters for swim relays after they forgot to add it, three chapters who had issues submitting their Statement of Ethics on time were pardoned, Lambda Chi was allowed to weigh-in their lightweight arm wrestler the day of arm wrestling, even though they forgot to inform Dakwale about needing accommodation until the planned arm wrestling weigh-in time, and numerous chapters including Sigma Phi Epsilon were allowed to change their team rosters past the deadline. Dakwale explained the incident with Pike as a result of miscommunication. “I’m on co-op at the moment and was not present for the tile judging itself; it happens during a lunch break so Drexel faculty and staff can swing through and judge. Earlier in that day, an email had been sent out stating that the deadline to bring your painted tile to the Recreation Center for judging was 11:30 a.m. It turns out that the deadline was 11:15 a.m. I sent out a correction email. The Pike responsible for taking the tile to the Recreation Center was in class and didn’t see the email. He arrived sometime between 11:20-11:25 a.m.,” Dakewale said. “Because I was at co-op, another member of the Greek Week Committee made a ruling in my place without consulting me. The thing is, I’m accountable to IFC, not the other member. It is important to note that when they showed up, judging had not yet started. Had I been there, I would have accommodated them just as I had in the numerous instances,” he continued. “As far as any allegations of bias go, I ran a fair Greek Week. … My priority was to keep chapters competing against each other in a fair and safe matter. I was successful to that extent. I ruled against Pike’s arm wrestling strategy on the very first night and treated them just like any other fraternity throughout the entire week. To be perfectly honest, my fraternity would’ve been the most infuriated with me if I’d rigged Greek Week. We’re men of integrity. Even SigEp’s Greek Week chair, Jake Petroski, thinks I ran a fair Greek Week. He and I have had multiple conversations on our philosophies on Greek Week and believe that this Greek Week was run well,” Dakwale said. Dakwale also explained why he resigned last Sunday after Greek Week, along with the other two Greek Week Council chairs, Mathew and Jugal Lodaya, the Multicultrual Greek Council chair and a computer science major. “The Panhellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council chairs’ terms both end at the conclusion of Greek Week; for some reason IFC by-laws have mine going on until the end of the spring. Resigning after Greek Week was over was a simple way to solve all my problems. Most of the IFC officers knew it was coming too. … It wasn’t really a well-kept secret,” Dakwale said. “It’s unfortunate that members of the Drexel Greek Life community are so upset with losing that they’re willing to blame others. That being said, I’ve got nothing to hide. I did an excellent job as a neutral Greek Week chair, only stepping in to keep rulings consistent and when there was a safety, FSL or Drexel Athletics rule being violated,” Dakwale said.
Oct. 4, 2013
Beta Theta Pi fraternity begins colonizations process
Beta Theta Pi, one of the nation’s oldest social college fraternities, has recently been admitted on campus and is making headway to seek out a new generation of brothers.