Is the state of Greek Life at NSU in danger?

In an effort to improve the current state of fraternities at Northwestern State University, the Interfraternity Council, or IFC, is undertaking a self-imposed reorganization.

The IFC, which serves as the governing body of six chartered fraternities, voted earlier this semester to disband temporarily and to allow the group to restructure their operations.

“Many fraternities felt the IFC had no real authority over the member organizations,” said Roderick Wilson, president of Theta Chi Fraternity. “We weren’t holding our fraternities to any standards.”

The IFC established a task force comprising one representative from each fraternity, who will work to set standards for member organizations.

The task force is made up of Britt Richey of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, Roderick Wilson of Theta Chi Fraternity, Nick Courville of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Bobby Bloxom of Kappa Alpha Order, Jared Kilpatrick of Sigma Nu Fraternity, and Geoffrey Bailey of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.

Last month, members of the IFC task force attended the Southeastern Interfraternal Conference in Atlanta to gather ideas to apply to the present situation at NSU.

Britt Richey, president of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, said the conference played a big role in finding solutions.

“We looked at universities that have similar problems with recruitment and scholarship standards, as well as new ideas such as creating a functioning judicial system,” Richey said.

Clemson University’s IFC is one institution being examined by the task force due to the success of their recent reorganization.

The views expressed in this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of Northwestern State University.  They are solely the opinion of the author.  All content © Copyright 2008 Lane Luckie

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