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The Greek Life

Dispatches from Fraternity Row


Greeks: Situation is a call to action

Currently, the future of the Interfraternity (IFC) and Panhellenic Council (PHC) Associate Vice President (AVP) positions on THON’s Overall Committee is uncertain.    However, this situation should not be a time for hostility – such action is not befitting of our community nor is in the best interest of our cause.  Rather, we should question […]

Acacia Fraternity ‘One Of The Leaders’ At Penn State

Acacia fraternity held a special dinner last night which President Graham Spanier, Vice President for Student Affairs Damon Sims and Director for Greek Life Roy Baker attended. Acacia held the dinner as a “thank you” for an earlier dinner at Mr. Spanier’s house this semester. This article, which appeared today in The Daily Collegian, offers […]

What Are You, Greek?

Let’s face it: these are not the golden years of Greek Life at Penn State. That’s not to say this is the dark ages of Fraternity and Sorority Life, either. No, quite the contrary. The 1950s, 60s, 70s and early 80s were the pinnacle of Greek Life at Penn State. Greeks enjoyed an experience that […]

Will Spanier Destroy The House That Atherton Built?

Over the past few weeks, there has been much controversy over Phi Delta Theta, with everyone from Dr. Roy Baker, Director for Greek Life, to Gavin Keirans, PSU Student Body President, chiming in to make their voice heard. In fact, the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA), unanimously passed a resolution calling for the administration to […]

Phi Delta Theta Pres. Kevin Haslam on The LION 90.7fm

I don’t mean to inundate the blogs with media appearances from The LION 90.7fm, but I do want to feature one other recent interview that is relevant to one of the campus controversies to which we’ve been devoting ongoing coverage. As readers of Safeguard Old State’s Greek blog will know, we’ve been covering Phi Delta […]

The Greeks: Ebony & Ivory Week

The National Pan Hellenic Council is comprised of eight chapters: Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, and Sigma Gamma Rho. The brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. started a tradition 25 years ago called Ebony & Ivory Week, and […]

For The Kids

Well, we’re at the last canning weekend before the 2008 IFC/Panhellenic Dance MaraTHON which will be held from February 22-24th. If you go to Penn State, you definitely know what THON is and know what it’s all about. BUT, for those of you who might not, THON is an amazing fundraiser that students not only […]

Sororities 101

Hi everyone! Seeing how it’s that time again for the Greeks, I thought I’d talk a little bit about recruitment. Every fraternity and sorority goes through recruitment in the fall and takes a new member class to add to their organizations, and many go through it again in the spring. However, fall and spring recruitment […]

‘Going Greek’: What It Means To Me

I’m Hillary Gupta and I’ll be writing here for the rest of the semester. I’ll start off by giving y’all some info about myself: I’m a sophomore majoring in business marketing and minoring in Spanish. I am very involved with Greek life and the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA). I’ve been an At-Large representative of […]

When ‘Sorry’ Isn’t Good Enough

I hate complaining. Even when it is clearly beneficial to find something/someone else to blame for my error(s), I still find it difficult to wholeheartedly believe that I was not, to some degree, responsible for my current state of affairs. What it all comes down to is this: accountability. Few have it these days. It […]