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Scholars, Servants, Socialites

Panhel, 24 Sororities Promote Well-

Diversity is the key to Univer-
sity fraternities, with emphasis on
everything from scholarship and
service to social and athletic ac-
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-'0 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-
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. '

OSA overnsS tudents
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 student 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
From his offices on the firstj
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-j
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- MES A.LEWIS
ing things organized for the University's many students:
-Director of Residence Halls Eugene Haun coordinates the
University's vast housing systems.
-Assistant to the 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 will i
be new in the fall. It allows a fra- t
ternity to rush a student any time 1
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. 4
Under previous plans, a stu-
dent had to visit a specified num-
ber of houses, membership bids x
were concentrated in two weeks of
formal activities and the time and
place for rushing were limited.
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
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-
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
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
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-
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 SGC 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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