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

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 process. Since multicultural organizations typically have longer new member education periods than traditional Greek organizations, MSU faced a major obstacle in the form of a […]

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

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 an unconventional first year excited at the prospect of expanding their social circles after a year stuck in dorms or at home. “Last […]

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

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 up occupying the space. “No organization has been promised use of the facility. What we agreed to do is to hold an open […]

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

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 having an unregistered event with alcohol. Phi Psi was found not guilty on all three charges after a Faculty Committee on Student […]

COVID-19 cases spike after alleged maskless social gathering in Phi Kappa Psi house

The week following an alleged party in the basement of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, the number of positive cases skyrocketed, with Lafayette recording its highest positive test count since the beginning of the pandemic. A total of 42 positive student cases were found on campus last week with the vast majority linked to specific […]

Virus cases linked to Greek life houses as chapter presidents stay mum

After rising COVID-19 cases kept the college at operational level two last week, a handful of positive tests were linked to the Phi Psi house and one positive test was linked to the Zeta Psi house, according to several sources inside each fraternity. Two cases have also been linked to the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, […]

‘Fraternities are in danger’: Moments of public debate over Greek life from 1857 to today

“Currently, an ‘in’ thing for college students to do is to deprecate fraternities,” wrote a feature writer for The Lafayette. That was 50 years ago. Now, in the fall of 2020, the newest movement to abolish Greek life has begun. This time around, the @abolishgreeklifeatlaf Instagram account, which began on Sept. 8 and has amassed […]

Responses to Student Government’s Greek Life Survey reflect division among students

The future of Greek life in the United States hangs in the balance as colleges across the nation struggle to address the ever-growing controversies stemming from these institutions. Universities such as American, Duke, Tufts and Northeastern are currently exploring reform and abolition, according to Vox. With growing tension on Lafayette’s own campus, Student Government issued […]

College releases more information on hazing charges

The college has said which organizations were ultimately found responsible for the charges of hazing brought against them. College officials said on Wednesday they expected to update the online hazing report with this information in the coming days. Assistant Dean of Students Jennifer Dize and Vice President of Campus Life Annette Diorio said that after […]

College releases hazing reports, sanctions from last five years

In a report detailing hazing investigations from the last five years, the college released previously unknown details of the seven incidents included in the report. Pennsylvania’s newly enacted Timothy J. Piazza Anti-hazing Law required all colleges and universities to release such a report by Jan. 15, and mandates biannual updates. Timothy Piazza, for whom the law […]

Greek Life Committee aims to understand community perceptions of chapters

In an effort to assess the opinions of both affiliated and unaffiliated students surrounding Greek life, the Greek life committee of student government conducted a survey this past month and plans on using the results to direct efforts next semester. Director of the Greek life committee Olivia Sharp ’20 said this survey is a beginning […]