The undergraduates welcomed DKE attendees of the Marquis Founders Dinner to the DKE House on Friday October 21. Attendees included Brothers Matt Sheeleigh ’50, Bob Loughlin ’53, Allan Kirby ’53, Paul McCurdy ’82, and Mitch Wein (Treasurer of the College and VP of Finance & Administration). Students were glad to engage with their fellow Dekes and welcome them back to the DKE House.
Following the Board of Trustees recent vote to endorse the Administration’s proposal covering the Greek Life Working Group’s Recommendations, which the College announced here and in e-mails to the Lafayette community, there has been a flurry of media coverage on the topic.
Our resolve to exceed the expectations of the Board of Trustees and Lafayette College Administration has never been stronger. In their letter, they identify four key areas by which they will measure Greek Life:
* Fraternities and sororities must provide open access and engagement opportunities to all students at Lafayette (non-discriminatory in selection of members).
* Fraternities and sororities must facilitate demonstrated learning opportunities for students and provide benefits to the College as a whole.
* The academic performance of students affiliated with fraternities and sororities must be comparable to the student body as a whole.
* The disciplinary profile of members of fraternities and sororities, as well as the individual organizations, must be comparable to the student body as a whole and other student organizations.
If you have any questions about what this means for DKE or how you can help, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adopting the Greek Life Working Group’s Recommendations is a positive step for DKE, Greek Life, and Lafayette College although the media does not always focus on the positive aspects of the decision to embrace the Greek Life Working Group’s Report. Articles covering this topic include The Morning Call, The Express Times, and The Laf articles here and here.
Several comments made by Lafayette College’s Administration including its spokesman and President Weiss demonstrate that although the College spent 18 months studying the Greek Life, their thinking includes fundamental flaws we must clarify for them. We have been working, and will continue to work, to improve their understanding of the issues surrounding Greek Life.
These articles run at the same time as articles celebrating Lehigh’s Greek Life system in the same media outlets.
DKE was recently charged as an organization for a food fight that trashed the kitchen and dining room in DKE. DKE held both the alumni participants and the student bystanders accountable with monetary fines and barring them from DKE events in the near term. Destruction in the DKE House must stop and we expect all Dekes to respect the investments we make in the house.
In the future we will hold enablers and bystanders equally accountable to any active participants in future incidents. DKE property was placed at risk by this incident. Additionally, the Dean raised questions about how we cleaned the food fight up because it was mostly sophomores when the Dean came to observe the mess. Trashing the kitchen and dining room must stop!
The Student Conduct Committee levied several penalties on us as a result of this incident. Among other penalties, we are under social probation until October 17th, 2012. During this time, we are not required to remain dry; however, we cannot host social events on or off campus. The full decision is available from Brother De Lisi. Contact him at email@example.com if you would like to review the decision. We are working to place this decision into context of the Campus Climate, particularly the recent Board of Trustees decisions regarding Greek Life.
Celestino Limas was hired as Lafayette’s new VP of Campus Life and Senior Diversity Officer. Greek Life falls under his purview. This summer a new position was created, the Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life, under Dean McKnight in the Department of Intercultural Affairs. This move separates Greek Life from the Office of Resident Life, which is a positive change.
Also, the new Director, Stuart Umberger, is at a higher level than past Greek Advisors. This is also a very positive change. Stuart brings to Lafayette a lot of much needed experience about how to cultivate Greek Life successfully. Importantly, because he’s not in Residence Life, he’s not “the police” or a disciplinarian for Greeks. His focus is helping us succeed and carrying the positive messages of Greek Life to the administration and faculty.
The Board of Trustees considered the Greek Life Working Group’s Recommendations. More to come on DKE reaction to that decision.
We began a LinkedIn group for all members of the Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon. Join the LinkedIn Group today to get connected with your fellow Dekes to share career opportunities, expand your professional network, and learn how you can help Lafayette students.
Rho DKE is hosting our annual meeting on October 22nd at the DKE house at noon. There’s a lot of exciting news for DKE this year, but we’ll still conclude with a Lion March in time for people to get to kickoff for the 1 PM game at Fordham.
We used Lafayette’s communications system to send e-mails to all Rho Dekes. If you haven’t been getting e-mails, please update your information with Lafayette.
See you on March Field.