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Wednesday, January 26200 The Statement 3B
news in review

The Rise
and Fall
of Greek
Chapters

Similar to fashion trends, sorority and
fraternity chapters cycle in and out of
campus communities across the nation
each year. Greek Life representatives say
that the desirability of the University's
Greek system puts it on the upward end
of the cycle and draws more chapters to
Ann Arbor.
Despite the popularity of sorori-
ties and fraternities on campus, it's not
uncommon for chapters to leave and
return after a few years. Throughout the
past five years, two Panhellenic Associa-
tion sororities - Alpha Epsilon Phi and
Zeta Tau Alpha - and eight Interfrater-
nity Council fraternities - Pi Lambda
Phi, Delta Tau Delta, Sigma Pi, Sigma
Chi, Alpha Tau Omega, Theta Delta Chi,
Tau Kappa Epsilon and Beta Theta Pi -
have returned to campus after brief dis-
memberments.
Sororities AEPhi and Zeta returned to
the University Greek system in 2008 and
2009 respectively, accordingto assistant
director of Greek Life Chris Haughee.
Over the past few years, Haughee said
there has "definitely (been) a growth in
both number of members and number of
chapters."
The return of the IFC fraternities
spans from 2005 to today. Pi Lamda Phi
returned in 2005, followed Delta Tau
Delta and Sigma Pi in 2006, Sigma Chi in
2008, Alpha Tau Omega in 2009. Theta
Delta Chi returned to campus in 2008
and rejoined IFC in 2010, Tau Kappa
Epsilon returned in 2009 and Beta Theta
Pi returned in 2010. This fall, Acacia fra-
ternity will also return to campus.
LSA junior and Panhellenic Society
Vice President of Public Relations Sarah
Smith, who is also a Michigan Daily col-
umnist, said the Greek community at the
University is growing with each passing
year.
"We're doing more," Smith said. "Not
only are we getting more new members,
but our councils are becoming more
active with events, programming and
philanthropy. It's a great time to be a
Michigan Greek."
This year, the University accepted its
largest freshman class ever. Compared
to previous freshman classes, Smith said
more of them decided to joina fraternity
or sorority and "go Greek."
Dissolving a
chapter
Most fraternities and sororities on
campus are part ofalarger nationalorga-
nization and must adhere to the policies
and procedures set up by that group.

Haughee said the decision for a Greek
letter organization to leave campus usu-
ally roots from risk management issues
and the national organization's decision
to remove the chapter. It's generally not
up to the University to determine which
chapters can stay on campus.
Smith said it's not that something is
"fundamentally wrong" with a chapter
that makes them leave and come back,
but rather a desire to start over.
Haughee clarified that the two coun-
cils - Panhel and IFC - ultimately,
determine whether or not a chapter
exists in its organization, but the nation-
al organization dictates if the chapter
"It's like a franchise like McDonalds
or Starbucks," he said. "You have a lot
of McDonalds all over the country, and
all over the world some of them are a lot
better than others. Now applying that to
fraternity and sorority life, sometimes
the quality isn't there so the franchise
chooses to shut it down and reopen it
with a potentially new owner. It works
the same way."

come back," she said.
Smith echoed this sentiment, saying
a chapter may have a certain reputation
when its founded, but five years later, it
can be completely different.
"They could recruit different men or
women," she said. "They could start to
abide by or not abide by policies. It total-
ly depends on the group of people in the
organization. I don't think they are con-
cerned about looking better or coming
back with a better image because that
image can change."
Smith said chapters that return are
often motivated to join the local coun-
cils rather than existing outside of them.
The benefits of being a member include
recruitment assistance, participation in
Greek Week and protection and assis-
tance.-
"There's also a sense of community
that comes with being a partofit,",Smith
said.
The new Panhellenic
sororities

Five of the most talked-about stories of the week, ranked in ascending order of actual importance
On her show on Monday, Oprah Eric Schmidt stepped down- on Keith Olbermann announced Fri- On Monday, a suicide bomber set In his State of the
announced that she has a half Thursday as chief executive of day that he will no longer host off an explosion inside Domod- last night, Pre
sister named Patricia. Patricia Google, making co-founder and his show "Countdown with Keith edovo, Moscow's busiest airport. Obama proposed.
said Oprah's show brought them University alum Larry Page his Olbermann" on MSNBC. The Russia President Dmitri Medve- year extension tof
together. They met the first time replacement. Schmidt will remain announcement came after he was dev blamed airport authorities on domestic progr
on Thanksgiving Day. the executive chairman of the criticized for his presidential cam- on Tuesday for not preventing the would cut down d
company. paign donations. attack. $400 billion overt

Union address
sident Barack
a two- to three-
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Haughee added that many national The process for returning sororities is
organizations have spoken with some "complicated," Haughee said. New chap-
of the local chapters and the Office of ters require approval from the National
Greek Life at the University to map out Panhellenic Conference and the local
a strategy for a future return to campus. Panhellenic Association. Addition-
He said the alumni base is also para- ally, the starting chapter must acquire a
mount to the success of a chapter's house and prove it can fill it with enough
return, adding that that they are often women.
the "key players." Meg McAvoy, LSA junior and Panhel's
Smith said regardless of the reason for vice president of internal recruitment,
departure, the chapters always desire said returning chapters go through
returning to the University. a modified process during Panhel's
"They always want to come back pro- recruitment in the fall. Those chapters
vided they can support a chapter (at the meet in the Michigan Union and make
University)," Smith said. themselves known to potential new
members.
Re-building the bonds "You can't host formal recruit-
ment without members," McAvoy said.
Smith said a chapter's return is not "What they did is they took representa-
simply a matter of improving its image tives from around the country and gave
and presence on campus. presentations in the Union and would
"That can be a thing; but its not so recruit women after formal recruitment
much about the name or reputation of ended. The following year they'd par-
the chapter," she said. "If the national ticipate in formal recruitment like all the
organization feels (the chapter) is not other chapters."
a safe environment, or if they feel the Interested women can either drop out
problems are increasing, (nationals) will of formal recruitment right away and
choose to remove the chapter and come pursue the new chapter, or wait until the
back later. It's about keeping the mem- end of the recruitment process to show
bers safe." that they want to join. Eligibility of new
LSA junior and Panhel President Tay- members is determined through inter-
lor Schmidt agreed. Schmidt said chap- views with adult representatives of the
ters may get rid of their negative image organization.
over time, which helps a chapter return Smith saidthe reasonthataparticular
to campus. process exists is because members are
"I don't think there is any redemption 'essential for recruiting in the traditional
that they are trying to fulfill when they way with amenities like party sets and

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quotes of the week from the archives
'As my father always used to say, Nothing is ever "Orkin Man, Look Out!"
easy in life.'Nothing is ever easy. This is just one
turn in the road."'
RAHM EMANUEL, after an Illinois court withdrew his name from the Chicago
mayoral ballot because he hasn't been a Chicago resident for one year.
"It will not only hurt Italians but all Americans..
Their outrageous, reprehensible behavior will make
us look like buffoons and bimbos."
REPRESENTATIVE FROM UNICO, an Italian-American service organization
discussing implications of the MTV show "Jersey Shore." relocating to Italy in its
next season,
f you're browsing YouTube, search 'UM Patriots,' and you might chuckle at the
content you come across - specifically a mad dash of students running through
the rules the FishBowl and library while dressed as Pac Man characters. The incognito
group, called UM Patriots, strategizes its super secret operations through phone
calls and anonymous recruiting.
No. 307: No. 308: No. 309: In March 2007, The Michigan Daily published an article, "Inside the UM Patri-
Just because they If you're sitting Hypothermia is not ots," which explained the inner-workings of the group, especially how members
coordinated the videotaping and the exact moment to run through a packed lec-
aren't University- in the aisle seat worth the risk of ture hall.
sanctioned, doesn't of a lecture hall, checking your coat Their equally famous "Orkin Man" stunt was performed at the beginning of a
ucan't still move to let people at Rick's or Skeeps class, when an insect killer chased a life-size pest. Some of the group's stints have
mean you been reproduced by students at the University of Washington. The UM Patriots
have snow days. through. have successfully garnered more than 15,000 views on YouTube.
by the numbers
COURTESY of THE NEW YORICTIMES
Lowest estimated number of people who Number of people injured in the suicide Number of people who died last March
died from Monday's suicide attack at a bombing attack. when two female suicide bombers detonated
Moscow airport. themselves on a Moscow subway.

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