Illinois State University Fraternity & Sorority Life November 2017
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By: Allison Murray, Graduate Assistant
Over the past several months, student representatives from each of the eight out of the Divine 9 fraternities and sororities currently on campus have been working with the fraternity and sorority life office to bring the Black Greek Leadership Council (BGLC) into the fraternal community at Illinois State University. These representatives met regularly with the coordinator of fraternity and sorority life, Alex Snowden, to establish a constitution and bylaws, executive officer positions, and membership expectations. In November, BGLC hosted their first elections and elected the following individuals to serve on the inaugural executive board for the 2017-2017 term: President: Robert Modiest, Kappa Alpha Psi
Vice President Programming: Donovan Roby, Iota Phi Theta
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Camp Shaw Retreat and St. Jude Fundraiser By: Dimitri Sotos and David Aschenbrenner, Members of Delta Upsilon
After being colonized in late October, the brothers of Delta Upsilon at Illinois State University hit the ground running. A team of brothers attended St. Jude’s Up Til’ Dawn event: The fraternity cooperatively raised over $3,200 for this tremendous cause and were awarded highest fundraising fraternity. Many others attended a brotherhood retreat at Camp Shaw-Waw-Nas-See in Kankakee, IL. Aside from taking time to bond with their brothers and getting to know each other better, the young men of Delta Upsilon set aside a day dedicated to community service. There were many things to do at the camp, and the young men put all their effort into their tasks, and there were many to do. Some brothers spent their time cleaning and reorganizing cabins, others collected and cut firewood, others arranged festive decorations in the dining hall, many cleared and burned invasive forestation in large bonfires, and others repainted walls of the camp’s facilities. Although the temperature was low, spirits were high as the men of Delta Upsilon worked together and got their work done! The rest of the weekend was full of laughs as they played football, basketball, spike ball, barbequed, and got to know their brothers. It was a great time for all who attended.
DU Brothers at the Camp Retreat
A team of DU Brothers attended St. Jude’s Up Til’ Dawn Event
Get into the Holiday Spirit with ACACIA!
Acacia Fraternity will be having its annual philanthropy, Acacia Claus, from November 27th until December 9th on the Quad from 10-4. We will be selling hot chocolate for $1 and all benefits will go towards Toys for Tots to ensure those in need get the presents they want for Christmas! We will also be accepting donations as well.
By: Casey Quarnstrom, Member of Sigma Pi
On October 23rd, 2016, 58 men were brought together to re-establish Epsilon-Eta colony of Sigma Pi Fraternity, International at Illinois State University fourteen years after it had closed its doors in 2002. These men were chosen because they embodied the values of Sigma Pi and wanted to make a positive impact on their community. These men wasted no time in making themselves a part of fraternity and sorority life at Illinois State University. They took pride in their philanthropic and community service which gave them the highest average community service per member their first year. On November 11, 2017 their hard work paid off. Friends, family, and members of Sigma Pi’s executive office gathered to celebrate Epsilon-Eta’s transformation from a colony of Sigma Pi into a reestablished chapter. That night Epsilon-Eta’s President, Blake Miller, was presented the office charter for the chapter by Sigma Pi’s Executive Director Jonathan Frost.
WELCOME ETA TAUâ€™S NEWEST MEMBERS By: Andre Veasley, Member Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
On November 11, 2017 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporatedâ€™s very own, Eta Tau Chapter, seated here at Illinois State University, accepted their newest set of members. These new members are already loved by their campus and community, but they are still ready to establish their own face value amongst the students of Illinois State University. This here is to help start them out: Jalin Jackson - Major: Chemistry. He is involved with the Chemistry Club and My Brother's Keeper. He works in the Student Services Building as a pharma technician as well as a front desk manager in Tri-Towers. His hobbies include working out and playing video games. Keith Byars - Major: General Biology. Brother Byars is from Decatur, IL. He likes to play basketball and lift weights in his free time. He recently joined the Biological Student Association. He has a passion for Jordan's and runs a small business reselling them. Antoine Rutledge - Major: Finance. Brother Rutledge is from Country Club Hills, IL. He enjoys sports of any kind. He is a first-generation Greek in his family. He is involved in the National Association of Black Accountants and the Finance Club. Jaelin Davis- Major: Photography. Brother Davis is a from the South Shore Chicago area. He has a passion for photography. He is a published photographer in the "Best of High School and College Photography 2017 Catalog." Devonne Coleman - Major: Public Relations. Brother Coleman is from Calumet City and loves video games. He is also the President of my Brother's Keeper and the manager for Outlandish, an all-male acapella group. Ramarri Jones - Major: Integrated Marketing Communications. Bro Jones works at AT&T Mobility Services. He is the President of Outlandish and the Vice President of My Brother's Keeper. He also has a passion for music and singing.
MGC Week Brings the Multicultural Greek Community Together By: Jackie Morelos, VP External Operations (MGC)
his year the Multicultural Greek Council hosted their annual week of events, but with a twist. As a council our organizations paired up and provided the community with different events. We started the week with a De-Stress night, that allowed individuals to take a break from midterms or anything stressful and relax for a few hours. Our council then participated in Trick or Treat for change, which our members went out into the community, and collected donations for Habitat for Humanity. We then had a cultural craft fair night, were individuals were able to learn about traditional crafts from different cultures and were able to recreate those crafts. We ended the week with a Colorism event which allowed members of the community to learn more about Colorism and have a discussion about it.
The Multicultural Greek Council has also hosted a Project Linus event in the first week of November. This is where members of the council got together to make tie blankets for children in hospitals or shelters. We were able to make four blankets and donate them to the Urbana location.
Omega Phi Beta Scores During the Month of November! By: Arielle Steward, member of Omega Phi Beta
Bringing in the month of November, The ISU Collective of Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated held their second annual Goals for Hope Benefit Soccer Tournament. This tournament was hosted in collaboration with the men of Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Incorporated and it was nothing short of a success. The tournament consisted of teams with members from the ISU Women’s Soccer Club, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Psi Lambda National, Incorporated, Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Incorporated and also men of Lambda Upsilon Lambda. This year, teams were competed for over $500 dollars in prizes, including cash prizes and certificates from generous sponsors in the community such as Applebee’s, Jimmy Johns, The Edge and more. As a collective, the sisters had hope to surpass their previous amount raised of $200+ dollars, and this is exactly what they did! Bringing in an $300+ as proceeds was a very proud moment. The tournament proceeds were being donated to AF3IRM; Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated’s national beneficiary. AF3IRM serves as a national organization that makes numerous efforts to provide resources and opportunities to survivors of intimate partner violence and other gender injustice. The ISU Collective of Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated hopes to continue this tradition of Goals for Hope and make a bigger impact each year. They would like to thank every individual that participated in the tournament!
Alpha Psi Lambda By: Emily Quirarte, member of Alpha Psi Lambda
During the month of November Alpha Psi Lambda participated in cleaning up their highway. They also has a photoshoot in which they did both a professional and casual attire. They collaborated with Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Inc., on a Family Feud Alcoholism and Anti-Hazing awareness event as well! On Sunday, November 26th some of the brothers of their Lambda Chapter at Illinois State University participated in the annual Turkey Bowl against Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Inc.,
Who Wore the Crown? By: Rachel Deeman, member of Phi Sigma Sigma
n November 15th, we hosted our 3rd annual Mr. Phi-Significant Pageant! Similar to the last two years, it was a huge success. We helped raise over $2,000 for the Phi Sigma Sigma foundation which helps schools around the country in need. The show consisted of swimwear, talent and even a question and answer portion. Seeing ISU Greek life come together and support our foundation was an amazing experience we won't forget. Congrats again to Pi Kappa Phi, Joe Doyle, on winning and taking home the crown! Also thank you to all the participates and coaches from other chapters here on campus! We already can't wait until next year.
Members of Omega Phi Beta at their Goals for Hope Philanthropy event in November. Members of Delta Upsilon at their colony Retreat MGC participated in Trick-or-Treat for Change during MGC Week
Sigma Pi President, Blake Miller, holding their new charter!
New members of Alpha Phi Alpha at their presentation
Mr. Phi-Significant winner, Joe Doyle.
December 2017 Sun
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Winter Break 30
Winter Break 31
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University Events Winter Break: 12/21-1/15 Community Service Opportunities:
Leadership Retreat : January 20-21st
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