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TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 1964

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U' FRATERNITY MEN:
Scholars, Servants, Socialites

Panhel, 24 Sororities Promote 'Well-Roundedness'

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By JEFFREY GOODMAN
Diversity is the key to Univer-
sity fraternities, with emphasis on
everything from scholarship and
service to social and athletic ac-
tivities.
Each of the 45 closely-knit
houses on campus is run largely!
by its members, though the facili-
ties are owned by their respective
alumni groups. Fraternity men
elect their own officers in each
house-including a house manag-
er, athletic chairman, and stew-
ard, who is responsible for pur-
chasing all the food which the
25-70 members consume.

A student becomes a fraternity
member after visiting and meeting
the members of houses he is in-
terested in. He will go through
three days of open houses-which
open a "rush" period of indefinite
length - and attend numerous
smokers, dinners and other func-
tions.
Any Time of Year
Whenever the fraternity decides
it would like to have the student'
join, it will tender him a bid,
which he can refuse if he wants.
Bids may be tendered at any time
of the year after the period of
open houses,

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OSA Governs Students
Outside the Classroom
Many extra-curricular activities and agencies come under
the auspices of the Office of Student Affairs and Vice-President
for Student Affairs James A. Lewis.
His office handles such diverse matters as non-academic
counselling, bicycle and automobile regulations, student hous-
ing both on and off campus, regulation of students activities
and organizations, formulation of student disciplniary policy
and student judiciary systems?
-in short, most anything which
concerns the student's non-
academic life comes under his
scrutiny.
From his offices on the first
floor of the Student Activities
Bldg., the vice-president ful-
fills the responsibilities of both
the dean of women and the
dean of men-both posts hav-
ing been abolished by the Uni-
versity in 1962.?
Lewis came to the University┬░
in the early 1950's after several
years of service in the school
systems of St. Joseph and Dear-
born. He is also a professor in>
the education school.
Assisting Lewis are various
directors responsible for keep- JAMES A. LEW[S
ing things organized for the University's many students:
-Director of Residence Halls Eugene Haun coordinates the
University's vast housing systems.
-Assistant to tle Vice-President for Financial Aids Mark
Noffsinger handles loans to students by the University.
-Assistant to the Vice-President for Counselling Elizabeth
P. Davenport coordinates the University's diverse non-aca-
demic counselling services.
-Director of Student Activities and Organizations John
Bingley oversees the numerous organized -activities of the stu-
dent body.

This "open rush" procedure willa
be new in the fall. It allows a fra-
ternity to rush a student any time
it wants and also to make contact
with him anywhere on campus.-
Thus there. is no period of "for-
mal" or "informal rush"; the;
whole procedure is informal.
Under previous plans, a stu-
dent had to visit a specified num-
ber of houses, membership bids
were concentrated in two weeks of
formal activities and the time and
place for rushing were limited.
Coordination
Responsible for this change was
Interfraternity Council, the Greek
system's coordinating body with
legislative, executive, judicial and
administrative powers.
IFC's executive committee con-
sists of five senior officers, alum-
ni representatives and a represen-
tative from the, Office of Student
Affairs.
Use of Alcohol
It is primarily a Judicial body,
ruling on infractions of Univer-
sity regulations such as those
against unregistered parties and
the use of alcohol. IFC also has
authority to adjudicate violations
of its rushing and pledging regu-
lations.
In addition, the Executive Com-
mittee proposes legislation to the
Fraternity Presidents' Assembly,
the affiliate system's legislative
body representing the heads of
the 45 houses.
FPA not only passes on recom-
mendations from various sub-
committees of the Executive Com-
mittee but serves as the major
liaison between the Executive
Committee and the individual
houses.
Publicity, Service
The third wing of the fraternity
government is its administrative
branch, composed, of five junior
officers, who head 'committees
dealing with publicity, rush, serv-
ice, campus projects and special
events.
A new group, formed separately
last year, is the IFC membership
committee, which seeks to arbi-
trate cases involving discrimina-
tion in membership-selection. The
committee works under an IFC
bylaw prohibiting discrimination
on the basis of race, color, reli-
gion, creed, national origin or an-
cestry.
The bylaw is similar to Regents'
anti-discrimination Bylaw 2.14,
under which Student Government
Council acts. Though IFC has no
official University authority in the
field and only SOC can refuse to
recognize a fraternity as a student
organization, the IFC committee
hopes to settle violations of the
bylaw wherever it can and to edu-
cate fraternities on the discrimin-
ation issue.

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Cooperation among 24 under-"
graduate social sororities at the
University is promoted by Pan-
hellenic Association, which strives
to meet the needs of all affiliated
women.
While each chapter is self-
governing, the 24 presidents meet
weekly to discuss issues common to
all sororities; discussions and de-
cisions taken at the presidents'
council in turn are related to af-
filiates at their individual house
meetings.
The sorority system provides an
alternative to dorms, with empha-
sis upon a relatively small mem-
bership sharing mutual interests.
Sororities have been at the Uni-
versity since the 1870's. Originally
they were social units only, but
emphasis now is toward "well-
roundedness" in campus living.

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Academic interests are promoted forts include canvassing door to
by awards for scholastic achieve- door for the national drive for Aid
ment at house honors dinners and to Leukemia-Stricken American
Panhellenic trophies awarded an- Children.
demic toesororities with top aca- Social activities remain a very
averagesimportant part of sorority life.
Many sororities have recently Football open houses are held after
initiated cultural programs, either the games and many houses par-
individually or in connection with ticipate in Homecoming efforts,
other houses. both by constructing their own
Service projects are also em- chapter displays and by working
phasized. Last year Panhel mem- on campus-wide committees.
bers participated in the fall Affiliated women also tradition-.
Bucket Drive and Help Week. ally participate in the Inter-
They also worked with the Ann fraternity Council Sing and the
Arbor Community Center in aid- Lantern Night sing. Yearly house
ing under-privileged children and projects include-fraternity-sorority
giving Christmas parties for or- cooperation in Michigras or Spring
phans. Weekend.
Many sororities, in addition to The rush program within each
their local work, sponsor national chapter is supervised and coor-
philanthropic Projects. Their ef- dinated by Panhel-this being one

of the primary responsibilities of
the executive council which is
composed of 13 officers. In ad-
dition, a sercetariat composed of
10 underclass girls aids the execu-
tive council.
Under the new rush plan, the
fall rush will be directed primarily
at pledging upperclassmen while
spring rush will be mainly for
freshmen. In addition, open rush
on a completely unstructured basis
will take place may be held by
individual sororities following the
regular spring rush.
No house is required to take
part in the new fall rush; how-
ever, any house which does not
participate in the fall program
may not pledge upperclassmen
during spring rush.
Another recent change in the

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rush program is a shortening of
the rushing period-from four
weeks to 15 days-with more of
the parties taking place during
the week.
Affiliated groups are specifically
considered "student organizations"
under the jurisdiction of Student
Government Council by the Re-
gents. Council is thus empowered
to apply Regents Bylaw 2.14 which
forbids discrimination within the
University to sororities and fra-
ternities as recognized student or-
ganizations.
Last spring, five sororities which
had contested SGC's authority to
request membership criteria filed
membership statements in ac-
cordance with Council regulations,
completing compliance on the part
of all student organizations

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