November 18, 2010

Greeks discussed in SLC

The Nov. 16 regular meeting of the Student Life Committee (SLC) was called to order at 4 p.m. with Professor and chair of Theatre Liz Carlin-Metz serving as the committee chair.

The meeting began with a committee conversation including Gentlemen of Quality (GQ) officers and Interfraternity Council (IFC) President senior David Fundakowski concerning the future of GQ.

GQ had been looking to affiliate itself with a national fraternity, to, in effect, start a new chapter of that national. At the Oct. 26 SLC meeting, GQ’s officers announced that they are no longer seeking to do so, and that they now hope to become a local fraternity.

At the last SLC meeting Nov. 9, it was determined that should GQ choose to become a local fraternity, it would need some governing body for oversight, to act as its “national.” It was generally agreed upon that a task force could be created to further study the ramifications of local fraternity status.

At the Nov. 16 meeting, GQ President senior Yohan Chang discussed the options of GQ becoming a new local fraternity and choosing its own letters or reactivating a former Knox local, Alpha Delta Epsilon.

Fundakowski noted that GQ’s local would need to have a governing body at Knox whether it is IFC, the Panhellenic Conference, the Office of Student Development or an IFC subcommittee.

Chang said GQ would be comfortable falling under IFC, as GQ already follows its guidelines and has an IFC representative.

Chang also made clear GQ’s intent to remain a single-gender fraternity and to retain its element of brotherhood. Nonetheless, Carlin-Metz suggested that GQ should have a “stronger and more defined answer” to provide to the faculty, as they will probably ask why GQ would not be a co-ed social organization.

The committee unanimously voted to draft a short document to present to the faculty next term recommending that GQ should or should not be granted extended local colony status while SLC continues to research the local fraternity issue.

The conversation then moved to the Greek life forum, which attracted about 15 members of the Knox Greek community.

“Recently, someone observed in TKS that Greek culture here at Knox constitutes one of the largest combined social organizations on campus and conveys a great deal of visibility,” Carlin-Metz said. And thus, she opened the floor for discussion.

From this point, Fundakowski guided most of the conversation by addressing items related to IFC and its recent developments.

He brought up the Greek Annual Report, a document which all fraternities and sororities are required to file each year, reporting information such as a list of officers, average grade point average, major weaknesses, strengths and concerns. It was determined that this document would be submitted to and distributed by SLC in its minutes at the beginning of each school year.

Fundakowski also discussed the universal risk management policy, which sets forth the minimum requirements by which all fraternities must abide during a social gathering. It is now required that all new pledges attend a session educating them on the policy so that everyone is qualified on terms mutually agreed upon.

“Every single person in the house will be a qualified monitor and a qualified sponsor,” Fundakowski said.

Carlin-Metz included that this would impose risk management responsibility upon the entire house, instead of upon a small group of event sponsors or managers.

Fundakowski spoke of an improved relationship between the Greek community and Campus Safety, namely with the use of the campus “escort” service, which is provided to walk students from a party at night.

“We’re trying to have a symbiotic relationship here where we’re helping them and they’re helping us,” Fundakowski said.

He also referenced the Interfraternal Judicial Council (IFJ) as a mediator between Greek organizations.

“Things that reflect poorly on the entire Greek system or that one person does to reflect poorly on their entire house are things that we want to get involved in,” Fundakowski said.

It was also acknowledged during the meeting that the party policy is in the process of being revised.

Charlie Megenity
Charlie Megenity (formerly Gorney) is a senior double majoring in political science and economics. He previously served TKS as managing editor and as co-news editor while working as the weekend reporter for The Galesburg Register-Mail. Over the summer of 2012, Charlie interned in Wisconsin with, an online hyperlocal news source, where he covered the August 2012 Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting; he will return to Patch during the summer of 2013. He is also the journalism editor for Catch magazine.. Charlie has received three awards from the Illinois College Press Association for newswriting and design, including a first place award for front page layout. He was the 2013 recipient of the Theodore Hazen Kimble Memorial Award in Journalism for a feature story published in The Knox Student. His work has also appeared in The Huffington Post.

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