Thursday, December 6, 2007

Secret Greek Pledger Spotted

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A girl, who refused to identify herself or the sorority she was pledging for, was spotted near the PH buildings at CSULB.

She said "she will get in deep trouble" if she reveals what sorority she is pledging for. After the photo was taken, she raced off.

Official Greek chapters on campus strictly forbid any form of hazing, and pledges typically wear the letters of the sorority/fraternity with the word "pledge." Perhaps this girl is pledging for another unrecognized Greek organization on campus that permits this type of pledging.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

"From one Greek to Another" Event

Delta Sigma Chi, CSULB's co-ed multicultural fraternity, hosted an event on Dec. 5 called "From One Greek to Another" at the CSU Ballroom.

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Greeks gathered to hear various speakers, including alumni of Delta Sigma Chi, and Greek life coordinator, Caitlin Roberts, discuss diversity and the accomplishments of Greek organizations on campus. Various ice breakers and small group discussions between the organizations also took place.

Caitlin Roberts says this function gives "Greek organizations the opportunity to meet and learn about one another."

Delta Sigma Chi is the only co-ed, multicultural fraternity on campus. Multi-cultural fraternities are Greek organizations that are not chapters of national/campus councils (The Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, or National Pan Hellenic Council). These fraternities are regional or national organizations that focus on a specific interest or culture.

CSULB does not plan on expanding the number of multi-cultural fraternities on campus.

Monday, November 19, 2007

How to Get Suspended as a Greek

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Tau Kappa Epsilon has been suspended from being recognized by CSULB since 2005 due to several violations between 2000 and 2004.

The last straw took place in 2005 when high-ranking TKE members were upset that they were prohibited from joining a sorority on a bus ride. They proceeded "to pull up flowers and defecate on the front door step" of this particular sorority's home later in the night.

In 2010, TKE will finish their suspension and have the opportunity to possibly be reinstated at CSULB.

Interfraternity Council enforces the Executive Resolution , which states that "sororities voluntarily or knowingly involves itself or its affiliates with the participation of Tau Kappa Epsilon" will not be allowed to participate in social events for an entire semester.

TKE is still not currently recognized by campus, and any sorority that affiliates with the fraternity over extended periods of time "will result in one year disaffiliation from any and all activities with the Interfraternity Council."

Tau Kappa Epsilon has over 260 chapters in the U.S. and Canada, making it the world's largest fraternity. However, there is one less chapter recognized by CSULB.

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photo taken from Long Beach Tau Kappa Epsilon Website

Friday, November 16, 2007

'Phi-Tauction' at Frisco's

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The fraternity Phi Kappa Tau auctioned off their men at Frisco's, a carhop restaurant and bar with live entertainment in Long Beach, on Thursday night.

During the 'Phi-Tauction,' 20 fraternity members were auctioned off to buyers. Approximately $2000 was raised for children with chronic illnesses.

A pair of Phi Kappa Tau members was sold for $275. They were purchased by their girlfriends.

The auction entails a 24-hour "enslavement" service, where the auction winner is free to have the fraternity member do as they please. JB Myers, Phi Kappa Tau member, explains how its usually "school work or cleaning."

JB Myers had to wore a snug-fitted shirt that stated "I will do what she commands," at last year's auctions.

Phi Tau was re-chartered at CSULB in 2001 and wishes to expand to include more members.

The men of Phi Kappa Tau

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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Greeks support 'Up 'Til Dawn' Charity Event

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The Kappa Sigma fraternity won the 'spirit competition' with 78 members present at the Up 'Til Dawn fundraiser, which took place on Nov. 6 in the University Student Ballroom.

The Sigma Pi fraternity and Delta Gamma sorority also showed up to support the Up til Dawn fundraiser, which benefits the Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

The Up 'Til Dawn Fundraiser is an annual event that is projected to raise more than $50,000 this year to help children with life-threatening diseases.

Photo of Kappa Sigma's Fraternity House

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Greeks Awarded at Wilson High

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Fraternities and sororities gathered at Woodrow Wilson High School for a Greeks Awards Ceremony to see how their organizaton sized up against other Greeks. Awards boasted academic, athletic, philanthropic and social excellence.

Over 600 people were in attendance, including our campus' recognized chapters.

Delta Gamma and Sigma Alpha Epsilon were both recognized for their academic achievement with the highest cumulative grade point averages for men and woman.

-Women: Delta Gamma received a 3.041 average.
-Men: Sigma Alpha Epsilon received a 2.967 average.

Delta Gamma, Pi Kappa Phi and Zeta Phi Rho won the Penny Wars with over 22,000 points, which raised $2,300. Delta Gamma was also the overall winner for Greek Week.

Caitlin Roberts, our very own on-campus Greek life coordinator, was awarded as the Greek Adviser of the Year for the Western Region.

"I am very proud of everyone, especially the I.F.C. and Panhellenic councils for putting on such a great event. It was great to recognize all the chapters for all their hard work and accomplishments," said Roberts.

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Interview with TDB Member

During an interview with an anonymous Theta Delta Beta member, I learned that this "underground" organization does not like to be classified as a fraternity, for they refer to themselves as a "brotherhood."

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Here is what we had to say, on the record.

Q: Describe your experience as a member of TDB.

A: My experiences were very challenging. There were many things I had to learn and traditions and humilities I had to follow.

Q: What made you want to join?

A: The brotherhood and camaraderies made me want to join; also the networking and the challenge. It was a college experience I hope to look back at that I would never regret because it was fun. You make brothers and friends for life..

Q: What types of functions does your fraternity host?

A: We host all types of functions from parties and fundraisers to community service events. We really try and excel on making this fraternity as much of a business as it is a brotherhood. We also host annual events such as Friendship Games and Episode Showcase. We also participate in "stepping" competitions.

Q: Has your fraternity ever tried to become a chapter or be recognized by the school?

A: According to our traditions, my fraternity does and plan not to be chartered by the school. We embrace the fact that we are an underground brotherhood with the morals of family and such.

Q: Was that a conscious desicion?

A: My conscious decision would be to keep our traditions because after all, we are trying to kill the stereotype that to join a fraternity you have to pay for your friends. We highly believe in just spending time with each other, just being real without obligation. We choose not to be chartered by the school because we want to uphold our tradition of remaining an underground brotherhood.

Q: Does not being part of a school-recognized fraternity allow more freedom?

A: I think there would be pros and con to both sides of being recognized and not being recognized to the school. By not being recognized, we don't have to pay the campus regulations and abide by strict regulation at that. But because we are underground, it is slightly harder to get our name out to the students because we cannot really have a table during Greek Week.

Q: What does your fraternity do to get your name out there?

A: Its definitely all about strategy. Having a family member or close friend in the group helps, but word of mouth plays the biggest role. My fellow brothers and I also distribute fliers around campus to promote upcoming events like I mentioned before - Friendship Games and Episode Showcase.

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"We are a fraternity that enjoys each other's company, and we know how to have a good time," an anonymous member says.

Theta Delta Beta's spoof of Nike commercial

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