Campus / Greek Life / News / February 18, 2010

Greeks meet with Romano, Taylor

On Monday, Feb. 15, presidents of all Greek organizations on campus, along with the presidents of Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council, President Roger Taylor and Dean of Students Xavier Romano, held a meeting to discuss the recent moratorium and issues of Greek life on campus.

Romano announced that the moratorium on social events in the Greek community has officially ended.
“While [the moratorium] has been lifted, there are two chapters that we are still doing investigations with,” he said. Romano confirmed that these two chapters are the fraternities Beta Theta Pi and Tau Kappa Epsilon.

He also said that the meeting was more a communal discussion than a lecture to the Greek presidents. “I saw a real desire in the chapters to be more open about the good things they do in the community and a real desire to be transparent.”

Amongst plans for future transparency is the plan for each Greek fraternity or sorority to make a report involving what as happened within that organization annually, “so that every spring term the chapters have some kind of report that is available to the Knox community,” Romano said.

President of Panhellenic Council senior Maddy Eaton also spoke of another change to come in the future.
“We discussed plans in the works to bring in some workshops, some speakers on sexual assault and sexual awareness,” said Eaton. These workshops would be brought by Greek organizations but open to the entire campus. “It’s something we’d like to get started next term,” she said.

In regards to any further action being taken towards Beta Theta Pi or Tau Kappa Epsilon, “the meeting was not about individual actions of individual chapters. It was a chance for us to get together and look at ourselves as a community,” said Eaton.

President of Interfraternity Council junior Jimmy Thornton said he thought the meeting went well and that the Greek community is very optimistic as a whole for its future plans.

“It was a good forum for all of us to get what we were thinking said. The administration was very understanding with our issues,” said Thornton.

As for incidents at Beta Theta Pi and Tau Kappa Epsilon, “We’re right now in the process of scheduling leadership from both chapters to come in and have the discussions that need to be had,” said Romano.

Annie Zak

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