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Chapters Unite For Greek Service Day Hundreds of Volunteers Give Back To The Community

By Jillian Boc This year, Michigan Greek Life hosted its first ever Greek Service Day on October 23rd, where over 900 Greeks came together to volunteer at more than 25 local service organizations. All four councils – the Interfraternity Council, the Panhellenic Association, the National PanHellenic Council and the Multicultural Greek Council – organized the event to highlight the massive impact that Greeks can have when we all work together. Greek Service Day was an overall success due to the collaboration and hard work of the councils. This past summer, planning committees were formed in order to establish the different projects. Some of these projects included helping the elderly at senior citizens’ centers, cleaning up the outdoors, and assisting local libraries, among many others. There was even a sorority craft crawl, where girls went to a variety of different sorority houses to make things like blankets for Mott’s Children’s Hospital and dresses for girls in Africa. Organizations like Burns Park Retirement Home, The Arboretum, Ann Arbor’s Salvation Army, and United 2 Heal benefitted greatly from the support they received on Greek Service Day. Greek members visited the senior citizens at Burns Park Retirement Home and engaged in various activities and crafts throughout the day, and the seniors really enjoyed interacting with the young college kids. Volunteers also worked with Arboretum employees to remove non-native, invasive shrubs and trees from the beautiful nature area. At Ann Arbor’s Salvation Army, volunteers from the four councils sorted clothing so that the Salvation Army could assemble outfits for those who come to their store. And United 2 Heal, a global organization, benefitted from Greek Service Day when volunteers sorted donated medical supplies to be sent to countries abroad. In addition to the satisfaction they felt from giving back to the community, the volunteers really enjoyed having the opportunity to meet people in other houses and in different Greek councils. “The four councils really do not get together enough,” Madeline Klein, the Panhellenic Vice President of Programming, said. “It was really special to see everyone working together and having a good time while helping so many people.” While the event was very successful, there were several glitches that came along with organizing such a large event for the first time. The current council board Continued on Page 8

Who’s On Campus? Panhellenic Chapters ΑΧΩ - Alpha Chi Omega ΑΔΠ - Alpha Delta Pi ΑΕΦ - Alpha Epsilon Phi ΑΓΔ - Alpha Gamma Delta ΑΦ - Alpha Phi ΧΩ - Chi Omega ΔΔΔ - Delta Delta Delta ΔΓ - Delta Gamma ΔΦΕ - Delta Phi Epsilon ΚΑΘ - Kappa Alpha Theta ΚΚΓ - Kappa Kappa Gamma ΦΣΡ - Phi Sigma Rho Engineering Sorority ΠΒΦ - Pi Beta Phi ΣΔΤ - Sigma Delta Tau ΣΚ - Sigma Kappa ΖΤΑ - Zeta Tau Alpha Interfraternity Council ΑΔΦ - Alpha Delta Phi ΑΕΠ - Alpha Epsilon Pi ΑΣΦ - Alpha Sigma Phi ΑΤΩ - Alpha Tau Omega BΘΠ - Beta Theta Pi ΧΦ - Chi Phi ΧΨ - Chi Psi ΔΧ - Delta Chi ΔΚΕ - Delta Kappa Epsilon ΔΤΔ - Delta Tau Delta ΔΥ - Delta Upsilon ΚΣ - Kappa Sigma ΛΧΑ - Lambda Chi Alpha ΦΔΘ - Phi Delta Theta FIJI - Phi Gamma Delta ΦΚΨ - Phi Kappa Psi ΠΚΑ - Pi Kappa Alpha ΠΚΦ - Pi Kappa Phi ΠΛΦ - Pi Lambda Phi ΨΥ - Psi Upsilon ΣΑΕ - Sigma Alpha Epsilon ΣΑΜ - Sigma Alpha Mu ΣΧ - Sigma Chi ΣΦΕ - Sigma Phi Epsilon ΣΠ - Sigma Pi TKE - Tau Kappa Epsilon ΘΧ - Theta Chi ΘΔΧ - Theta Delta Chi ΘΞ - Theta Xi Triangle ΖΨ - Zeta Psi Multicultural Greek Council

In This Issue Of The Forum: Beta Back On Campus .........................................Page 2 NPHC Week Inspires Unity................................ Page 3 Quit Ticketing Tailgates.......................................Page 5 AGD Stands In For Movie Star...........................Page 6 Greek of the Issue.................................................Page 7 Chapter Updates..........................................Pages 8 & 9 Breast Cancer Awareness..................................Page 11

αΚΔΦ - alpha Kappa Delta Phi ΔΤΛ - Delta Tau Lambda ΔΘΨ - Delta Theta Psi ΚΦΛ - Kappa Phi Lambda ΛΦΕ - Lambda Phi Epsilon ΛΘΑ - Lambda Theta Alpha ΛΘΦ - Lambda Theta Phi ΩΓΠ - Omega Gamma Pi ΠΑΦ - Pi Alpha Phi ΣΛΒ - Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. ΣΛΓ - Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. ΘΝΞ - Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. ΖΣΧ - Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. National Pan-Hellenic Council ΑΚΑ - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. ΑΦΑ - Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. ΔΣΘ - Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. ΙΦΘ - Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. ΚΑΨ - Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. ΦΒΣ - Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. ΣΓΡ - Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. ΖΦΒ - Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

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Letter From The Editor without saying that money can make a tremendous difference in helping solve problems. Plus, we all love participating in athletic tournaments or eating some yummy food for a good cause!

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Sarah Smith MARKETING DIRECTOR Jillian Boc PHOTO & DESIGN EDITOR Brittani Lemonds PHOTO & DESIGN ASST. Caroline Castellano REPORTERS Stephanie Benjamin Carly Boddy Allison Haney Lexie Marino Megan Miller Meaghan O’Connor Zachary Wainwright Nikki Williams

When we were developing our Fall Issue this term, The Forum staff really wanted to emphasize on how Greeks are helping the community. Be it through individual chapter efforts like a football tournament in the mud (Page 8) or distributing pink ribbons at an NFL game (Page 9), or through all of the councils joining forces to make a difference (front cover), service definitely seems to be the theme of this semester. Since most of our fraternities and sororities were founded upon the principles of service, helping the world around us has become a central part of the Greek experience. But one thing I think our community should consider is the difference between “philanthropy” and “service.” In many of our organizations, the two words are used interchangeably to describe an effort to help other people. Giving back is obviously an admirable goal, and both philanthropy and service are great ways to achieve that goal. But they are typically separate entities – philanthropy involves raising money for a particular cause, and service involves spending time in the community, directly helping the people you’re trying to help. Now, I would argue that most of our chapters engage in philanthropy more often than actual service. Most of our biggest events are fundraisers, where we put on events to raise money for our national philanthropy or another worthy cause. There’s definitely value in philanthropy – I think it goes

But I think we lose sight of our main goal if we focus solely on raising funds. Direct involvement in the community can make even more of an impact on people’s lives, and it makes our experiences a lot more rewarding. While raising money helps the causes we support, we as Greeks don’t really get to see where that money goes. We don’t get to see how it affects people or how our hard work changes lives. But when we volunteer in the community, the results are immediate. Whether it’s the “lightbulb” going on in a kid’s head when he understands that math problem we’ve been trying to explain, or the smile across a senior citizen’s face when we’re playing games with them, the good that we’re doing is a lot more personal. I think the first annual Greek Service Day really showed how much more fun giving back can be when we’re personally engaging with the community we want to give back to. It also allowed us to interact with people from other councils and learn from how they do things – which I think is relevant in the discussion about giving back. From my observations in Greek Life, I think that the smaller councils – NPHC and MGC – do much bigger things in terms of service. Their organizations seem to place a much greater emphasis on direct community involvement (Page 8), and I think that IFC and Panhel could benefit from adopting a similar mindset. With all of this in mind, I think our chapters should strive to continue the spirit of service that Greek Service Day inspired throughout the rest of the school year. We should definitely keep our big fundraisers, but having more direct involvement with the people around us would make for richer experiences as Greeks, as students, and as members of our community. We hope you enjoy the issue!

Sarah Smith Editor-in-Chief

Beta Theta Pi Returns To Campus Fraternity Aims To Return To Its Core Values

By Brittani Lemonds

Check out The FORUM online: affiliatedorgs/forum.html @TheForum_UMich The FORUM is the official newspaper of the Michigan Greek Community, written and edited by its members. It is produced in association with the Office of Greek Life and is published quarterly, with print versions delivered to chapter houses and an electronic version made available online. The mission of The FORUM is to unite the the University of Michigan Greek Community by keeping its members informed of and engaged with Greek issues and events, and to serve as a historical record of Greek Life as we know it today. 2

After a three-year hiatus, Beta Theta Pi has returned to the University of Michigan to reestablish their chapter on campus. In 2007, they were considered a popular fraternity in Michigan Greek Life. Beta was one of the first fraternities to come to the University in 1845, and their location on State St. had given them a high visibility on campus. But Beta thought that Michigan’s chapter had strayed from the ideals that the fraternity was founded upon, so they decided to temporarily close the chapter – with sincere intentions to return and recruit new members that were more in line with Beta’s high standards of membership. “We’re being proactive and going after some of the best men on campus,” said Phil Fernandez, the Director of Reestablishment for Beta. So far, Beta’s attempts at finding outstanding men seem to be going very well. They already have 18 men that exemplify Beta’s high ideals.

Fernandez said that the application is not available online, making it more exclusive to men that they establish as qualified applicants. Aside from collecting resume-type information, Beta’s advisors are also meeting individually with potential members to develop relationships on a much more personal level to truly decide if they can attain a mutually rewarding experience from their involvement in the fraternity. With higher GPA requirements (a 3.0) and a required dedication to service (a minimum of 20 hours), the renovated recruitment process is actively seeking a diverse group of men that prioritize academics, possess a commitment to service, and participate in campus organizations. Fernandez describes these requirements simply as a way for the men to “hold themselves accountable” to the commitments each new member makes when joining the fraternity. In addition to a recruitment strategy that upholds many of the most essential components of the fraternity’s founding principles, the new members of Beta Theta Pi will be occupying a newly renovated house in their infamous location on State

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Street. In correlation with their national policies of providing substance-free housing to their members, Fernandez elaborates on the prospective upkeep by stating that they are: “Recruiting members that take pride in the house and creating a respectful culture.” With many attributes that contrast the modern stereotypes of fraternities, Beta’s recruitment process is expected to continue through January 2011. The members of their founding pledge class will move into their house next fall, which can house between 40-60 men. Next fall, they hope to take advantage of the time allocated for formal recruitment. But they will continue to seek members that adhere to the higher standards the new Beta is firmly committed to. With these principles close to the foundation of their recruitment process, it is very likely that Beta’s return will reaffirm the values that fraternities were founded upon, and we wish Beta the very best of luck in their return to Greek Life at the University of Michigan.

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NPHC Week Inspires Unity Divine Nine Stay “Up All Night”

By Jillian Boc This year’s NPHC Week, which took place from September 27th to October 3rd, was a great success for the National Pan-Hellenic Council, serving as an opportunity for the “Divine Nine” – the nine historically African-American Greek international fraternities and sororities – to engage with the University community while promoting their organizations on campus. NPHC hosted a plethora of events on campus during that week, including a Wake Up Rally, a screening of the movie School Daze, Midnight Madness in the Diag, an Icebreaker, and an Open House in the Michigan Union. Their goal for these events was twofold – to promote unity among minority groups on campus and to create social justice awareness. When they were trying to raise awareness for social justice, NPHC President Aneyshua Turnipseed said that the organizations revisited events that had occurred during the Black Action Movement in the 1970s. Michigan students involved in that movement wanted the University to have a 10% African-American population – a goal that was never reached. The highest African-American population that Michigan has had to date is 8%, and the current enrollment is even lower, which the NPHC groups wanted to raise awareness about. The events during NPHC Week certainly helped raise awareness. For their Wake Up Rally, many members of NPHC organizations walked from the Fleming Administration Building to the Diag simultaneously, dressed in all black. They then listened to two speakers – one of whom reenacted a speech made by women in the Black Action Movement, and another who motivated NPHC brothers and sisters to take more responsibility for social justice and become a more active force on campus. At another event, they watched School Daze, a Spike Lee film about fraternities and sororities at a historically black university. After the screening, they held a forum for both current and potential NPHC members to discuss the misconceptions about AfricanAmerican Greek Life that the movie portrayed, including many racial stereotypes and allegations of hazing. NPHC Week’s third event, Midnight Madness, is an NPHC week tradition involving a step show in the Diag for the general public to see. Each NPHC organization has a different signature step move, and they engage in a friendly dance competition to showcase their moves. The week also included an Icebreaker – the theme this year being “Up All Night,” since it lasted until 2 a.m. Along with the Open House, the final event of the week, the Icebreaker serves as a way for students who are interested in learning more about NPHC organizations to get to know some of its members and better understand its place as a community. Overall, NPHC Week 2010 was a great success thanks to its wide variety of meaningful events, and their goals of promoting unity among minority groups and raising awareness about social justice issues were certainly achieved.

One For The Record Books

Panhel Has Largest Recruitment Ever By Lexie Marino As any Panhellenic sorority woman knows, recruitment can be a simultaneously exciting and demanding event. But this year, the excitement – and the demand – was higher than ever as the Panhellenic Association drew a record number of 1,051 women to register for recruitment. This was the highest number of women to register for recruitment in 38 years – and possibly even longer, since the Panhellenic Association didn’t start keeping track of the numbers until 1972. So why did so many young women register for recruitment this year? Leah Hsieh, the Panhellenic Association’s Vice President of Recruitment-External, was able to share some valuable insight about the probable causes. “As a board, we really tried to focus on our marketing prior to everyone arriving on campus,” Hsieh said. “We wanted to have our slogan for the year to be something simple that people could remember, which is how we came up with the ‘M Go Greek’ that you saw on the T-shirts and several recruitment publications.” Not only did the board focus on marketing through T-shirts and publications, they also sponsored multiple campus-wide events to encourage recruitment participation. “During Welcome Week, we worked hard to get the word out there about Greek Life and Recruitment,” Hsieh said. “From putting on our annual Taste of Michigan, to chalking near the dormitories, to helping out at events like Gayz Craze sponsored by other campus groups, we tried our hardest to get people’s attention.” In addition to the publicity efforts made by the Panhellenic Association, the sheer volume of incoming freshmen may also have been a factor. “The Class of 2014 is the biggest freshman class that the University has ever enrolled,” Lauren Hartstein, Panhel’s Vice President of Recruitment-Internal, said. “Combined with the fact that more high school graduates are applying to college year after year, higher enrollment definitely played a role in our recruitment success.” However, hosting over a thousand young women during recruitment is obviously not an easy task. According to Natalie Mazza, Delta Gamma’s Vice President of Recruitment, there were lots of challenges presented by the large number of potential new members coming through for each party. “With more girls came more food which needed to be factored into an already tight budget,” Mazza said. “Another challenge was simply having enough physical space for everyone to sit.” Regardless of the challenges incurred by the record number of women going through recruitment this year, Mazza, Hsieh and Hartstein can all agree that recruitment is the opportunity of a lifetime and provides rewards that will not soon be forgotten. “Personally, I thought the most rewarding aspect of Recruitment was to meet so many wonderful girls coming to Michigan that I know will have a positive impact on our Greek community,” Mazza said. “No matter what house each woman joined, I’m sure she made friends that will last a lifetime.”

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From Our Archives

Fun and Charity at Derby Days First Published In April 1977

The Forum has been covering the issues and events of Michigan’s Greek Community since the 1970s. In every issue, we like to reprint an article that was published in The Forum long ago, in order to give current Greeks an understanding of how much Greek Life at our university has changed over the years - and how much it has stayed the same. Original Article By Kim Smith April Issue of The Forum, 1977 Sigma Chi Derby Days 1977—a spirited competition between the campus sororities in games of chance, skill, and spirit—began with a four hour Swim-a-thon from which pledge donations were contributed to the American Cancer Society and the local Ozone House. Originated over forty years ago, the Derby Day is a national Sigma Chi even that usually involves sorority competition in track and field events for honors. Meant as a unifying and intermingling force in the Greek system, the U of M Derby Days have become a major happening of the school year. Of course, the most important aspect of this whole production was charity, and the most credit in the events was allotted to the largest fund raising effort by percentage between the houses. First place in this category went to Alpha Delta Phi who raised $4,500. On March twentieth, at the Matt Mann Pool, each sorority spent a total of four grueling hours swimming laps against the clock in order to rack up donations for the two worthy charities. Eight hundred laps was the limit set for each group, and nine sororities achieved this nine sororities achieved this goal: Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Phi, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delts, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Pi Beta Phi. Spirit is a quality that is extremely difficult to measure, but it is this competition that may attract the most public attention to the purposes of the occasion. Alpha Delta Pi was awarded

first place in this category, with Gamma Phi Beta and Chi Omega tying for second. Of the many and diverse ways that this enthusiasm was shown on March 24th, Spirit Day, some of the highlights were a Derby Downs on hobby horses on the diag by Alpha Delta Phi, a Car Caravan down the diag by Delta Delts Delta and supporting fraternities, carnation selling for the charities and a donations of a keg from Pabst beer by the Alpha Chi Omegas, balloon selling in a clown costume by the Gamma Phi Betas, and volunteer services to the Ozone House by the Chi Omega. To help tremendously with publicity, some of these events were covered on Channel 7 news. Considered to be the most bizarre activity of the Derby Daze, the Derby Hat Chase through the diag proved an attention getting diversion for passers-by on the afternoon of March 25th. Girls from the sororities pursued each Sigma Chi in hopes of grabbing a tiny flag attached to his belt for a point. The usual derbies as the intended object were abandoned because of undue violence in last years’ chase. First place went to the Chi Omegas, second to the Alpha Chi Omegas, and tied for third were the Alpha Gamma Deltas and the Kappa Alpha Thetas. Stuffing 23 girls into a broken down, intact Volkswagen may seem to be an utter impossibility for some, but the Alpha Chi Omega and Alpha Delta Pi sororities proved that it could be done. Running a close second to them were the Kappa Alpha Thetas with 22 girls cramming into the car in front of the Sigma Chi House. Spectators were drawn to the affair with a chance for bustling MOVE “TG” at the house and an opportunity to join in on the excitement of the games. The Derby Day Games took place the morning of Saturday March 26. These contests included a chicken-egg fight, Around the World, a Broom Relay, Buttered Fingers, Donut on a String, Balloon Stromp, Quarter Waddle, an obstacle course, a Balloon toss, and the Mystery Event which was a banana peeling.

PASSING ON THE TORCH The Forum would like to congratulate the following new members of the IFC and Panhellenic Executive Boards!



President - Jared Jaffe (Pi Kappa Alpha)

President - Taylor Schmidt (Delta Gamma)

Executive VP - Adam Davis (Delta Chi)

Executive VP - Elise King (Kappa Kappa Gamma)

Judicial VP - Morley Faller (Alpha Delta Phi)

Judicial VP - Stephanie Clark (Pi Beta Phi)

VP Social Responsibility - Ramzy Khabbaz

VP Social Responsibility - Heather Han

(Chi Psi)

VP Recruitment Internal - Dylan Handelsman


VP Recruitment Internal - Meg McAvoy

(Phi Kappa Psi)

VP Recruitment External - Rick Stepanovic

(Alpha Gamma Delta) (Delta Phi Epsilon)

VP Recruitment External - Jennie Fine

(Sigma Phi Epsilon)

(Sigma Kappa)

VP Internal Affairs - Krish Chopra (Alpha Sigma Phi)

VP Internal Affairs - Becca Sliwoski (Delta Phi Epsilon)

VP Programming - Andy Snow (Alpha Delta Phi)

VP Programming - Allison Ursitti (Delta Gamma)

VP Finance - Tom Curran (Delta Chi)

VP Finance - Erin Archambault (Delta Gamma)

VP Public Relations - Sean Jackson (Phi Kappa Psi)

VP Public Relations - Sarah Smith (Alpha Delta Pi)

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Greek Organization of the Issue: Hazing Task Force By Megan Miller In joining a Greek organization, we’ve all given some thought to hazing – our parents have been concerned about it, we might know some people that have been hazed, and we wonder whether it will happen to us. The Hazing Task Force at the University of Michigan was founded to help reduce the chances that Michigan Greeks would have to go through such a negative experience. “It was created by students who wanted to make sure that sororities and fraternities were kept safe and that members had the best possible experience,” says Stephanie Clark, the chair of the Hazing Task Force. “The creators, and now successors, wanted to make sure that everyone in the community could participate in the activities that they wanted to but still be in a secure environment.” Along with the Greek Activities Review Panel (GARP), the Hazing Task Force forms a system of “checks and balances,” as Clark describes the process, to address hazing accusations. The HTF takes its place in this judiciary system in two different ways. “We have the investigative side which looks into hazing allegations on campus, and another side, which is in charge of risk management,” Clark said. “What we do is form into groups of four people, and then as these groups, we go to organizations who have hazing allegations against them. Then we meet with them to talk to them about whether hazing is going on or not going on.” With a strict focus on the investigative side, the HTF provides its research for GARP, which then sets standards as well as consequences for any verified hazing allegations. “The Hazing Task Force doesn’t punish anyone – that’s GARP’s job,” Clark said. “We do the interviews, accumulate the information, and talk to the people that are making the allegations.

Then we provide our unbiased information to GARP, and they can decide where to go from there.” In addition to doing the investigative research for GARP and searching for details on current allegations of hazing, the HTF focuses on new member enrichment. Each year, during National Hazing Prevention Week, the organization puts on events to involve members of Michigan Greek Life in a conversation about hazing. In their most recent event, which was attended by over 75% of Greek pledges, the Hazing Task Force brought Travis Apgar to Rackham Auditorium. Apgar, the Associate Dean of Students at Cornell University, came to Michigan to address hazing as a degrading and potentially life-threatening method of social acceptance. He did so in a very dramatic presentation, which included grotesque picture of injuries caused by hazing and deeply personal stories about the humiliation and the pain that many students and their families have suffered. New members then discussed their thoughts about the presentation in smaller breakout groups. Through events like these, Clark and the rest of the Hazing Task Force hope to spread awareness about the dangers of hazing and prevent hazing from happening on Michigan’s campus. “Hazing is something that we don’t always think about at the University of Michigan because it isn’t as big of a problem here as it as at other universities,” Clark said. “But it does occur, and whether it’s through risk management, conducting interviews, or intervening in allegations, the Hazing Task Force is here to prevent it.” For more information on getting involved with the HTF, or if you feel that you are being hazed, email Be on the look out for new member applications, which will be accepted in late December and early January.

Congratulations to the 2010 IFC and Panhel Executive Boards for completing their terms in office! The Forum would like to thank you for all of your hard work this year, and we’ve all been inspried by your dedication to making our Greek Community a better place.

Quit Ticketing Tailgates An Editorial From A Frustrated Football Fan

By Zachary Wainwright As a cornerstone of the Michigan game day experience, football tailgates have been enjoyed by students and alumni alike for decades. Over the years, Greek Life has taken tailgating to a new level of awesomeness – fraternities and sororities often wake up before the sun has been spotted to begin the festivities. Often times, those festivities can lead to loud students as music is blasted from speakers in order to build the exciting atmosphere that is Michigan Football Game Day. Alumni usually set up their tailgates to the golf course and parking lots near the stadium, and they too generate large amounts of noise as they prepare for the game. Recently, the Ann Arbor Police Department (AAPD) began a crackdown on fraternity tailgates. The AAPD decided to begin selectively enforcing noise ordinances in an effort to curb student tailgating on State and Hill Streets. I say “selectively” enforcing because not only is the specific ordinance very vague, they are targeting only students and allowing the alumni tailgates to carry on as usual. And as I am sure most Greeks can attest, once a tailgate has been ticketed for a noise violation, the festivities essentially stop. The Ann Arbor Noise Ordinance, which governs non-vehicular noise, has a few sets of requirements that usually are not being violated. First, the restrictions apply to noise between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.; second, it has certain maximum permissible decimal levels. The first requirement is not violated because of the time frame during which the tailgates occur; the second is hard to enforce because noise comes from everywhere on game days and it is hard to attribute that noise to a certain property with a decibel reading. With that said, that is probably why most noise violations on game day are not from those provisions. In order to get around those requirements, the AAPD choose to enforce a vague general noise provision that does not require a decibel reading and can avoid the timeframe requirement. Section 9.362 of the Ann Arbor code basically acts as general blanket policy about noise and in this case is being enforced by the police in order to curb tailgating activities. Advocates of these actions claim that a law is a law and we (the students) are violating it by being excessively loud. But our tailgating activities do not vary much from that of the alumni areas, and the police seem to be turning a blind eye to those areas. I believe fraternities are an attractive target for a few reasons – they lack a lot of the resources required to fight the charges, they frequently do not know the full extent of their rights, and are easily intimidated out of fear of getting in trouble, even if they are well within their rights to be playing music. Despite my best intentions to contest a recent noise violation my fraternity received during a tailgate, I fell victim to a few of those reasons and unfortunately had to concede due to lack of time and risks associated with contesting the ticket. On my way out of the court room, the prosecuting attorney asked me what fraternity I was in, once I responded, he said, “Thanks, I am just trying to keep score.” While this certainly isn’t an official statement of policy from the city, it definitely seems to sum up the stance of the AAPD in their opposition to fraternity tailgates. Tailgating has been going on for decades here at Michigan, and it is unfair for the police to seemingly target students and attempt to take away our traditions, while allowing alum to carry on as usual. Hopefully, next year’s football tailgates won’t be ruined by noise violations.

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Greek Week Steering 2011 Co-Directors Monica Stoney Patrick Metzger Business Katie Rosenberg Heather Han Sean Tompkins Julianne Dailey Joseph Fielek Major Events Madeline Klein Liz Vickers Anna Gonzalez MaryAlexa Divver Daily Events Nabeel Vira

Ryan Knapp Katherine Slaga Communications Leah Hsieh Kendal Kelly-Yahner Ellie Hunken Amy Sharma Service Samantha Greenberg Allie Everett Rules and Points Courtney King Beth Fackler Rep Consultants Tinya Peng Kim McCraw

Reaching The Heights

DG and SigEp Sophomores Scale Mt. Kimanjaro By Zachary Wainwright While most students’ summer travel plans entail visiting typical tourist destinations, Delta Gamma sophomore Kathleen Metz and Sigma Phi Epsilon sophomore Austin Davis decided to take a less conventional route. Austin and Kathleen set out on the adventure of a lifetime with their families and scaled the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Over five grueling days, Austin and Kathleen scaled the Uhuru Peak of Mt Kilimanjaro, which has an altitude of 19,341 feet. In order to prepare for the adventure, Austin worked out six days a week and went on 15-mile hikes with his dad every week. Both Kathleen and Austin agreed that the most difficult part – which they couldn’t have prepared for – was the altitude sickness that they developed the last 4,000 feet of the climb. But they all were able to persevere and reached the summit at 7:23 a.m. on the 5th day. So how did two Michigan students link up for this excursion? “My dad and Austin’s dad are good friends and hike together a lot, so they thought it might be fun to do a trip to Kilamanjaro,” Kathleen said. “After I talked about it with Austin, we decided to just go for it – it’s on my life list to do at some point anyway, so I figured I might as well just go ahead!” In addition to their fathers, Kathleen and Austin were joined on their trip by Austin’s sister and Kathleen’s cousin, who is also a Delta Gamma at Colorado College. When asked if she would be interested in climbing another mountain in the near future, Kathleen described it as “a once-in-a-lifetime trip that I would do just once in a lifetime!” While Austin isn’t planning on climbing any more mountains either, he thought it was an incredibly rewarding adventure that he would do over again in a heartbeat. “Climbing the mountain was an awesome experience that I would recommend to anyone with interest in the outdoors,” he said. “It was especially rewarding to get to know the people there, but getting to experience it with my old man and my friends was something I will remember forever.”

AGD Stands In For Movie Star Kaitlin Zolna Was A Double For Hayden Panettiere In Scream 4 Filming By Nikki Williams Kaitlin Zolna, a sophomore in Alpha Gamma Delta, had always been told that she could be Hayden Panettiere’s double, but she never thought that she would actually be working as her double this past summer, standing in for her on the Ann Arbor set of Scream 4. Zolna, an aspiring actress, had done small extra roles in movies before, but she had never done anything of this stature. So when her agent found her the Scream 4 gig, she immediately went up for it and was given an interview. “The job gave me a lot of experience for acting,” Zolna said. “I was on set for longer than I was for my extra jobs, so now I know what goes into making a movie.” Filming took place in various cities around the Detroit area, which was perfect for Zolna because every set was close to her home in Northville, Michigan. The workdays were very long, however – the scenes were shot at night, making her work hours from about 5:00 p.m. to 6 a.m. So what does a stand in do? Since Zolna looks so much like Panettiere – they have the same height, skin tone, hair color, and similar facial features – the producers had her stand in Panettiere’s mark on the set to make sure that the cameras and lighting were correct for filming, since Panettiere would only run through the scene once. “When I was wearing the wig that made me look like Hayden, sometimes the other actors would even mistake me for her,” Zolna said. While Zolna didn’t receive any training for the role, she had some opportunities to actually act in the movie. In some of the scenes, she had her hair and makeup done and would play Panettiere’s character, Kirby Reed. This would happen when the producers didn’t actually need to use the real actress – like during a shot of Kirby answering the phone from behind, or only shooting her hands. Zolna admitted that in the rare occasion that the stand-ins messed up, the directors would get a little bit angry, but for the most part, she said that everyone on set was very nice. Much to her embarrassment, she twisted her ankle getting off of a truck on the first day of filming, but Hayden Panettiere was very sympathetic about it. She even helped Zolna down from the platform that the vehicle sat on and asked her if she was okay. Zolna had a great time on the set and said that she would love to do another stand-in role. “It would be hard to get another one, though, because you have to look exactly like the actress,” she said. Although she doesn’t have another role planned out yet, she has been invited to attend the premiere of the movie in Los Angeles, California. The producers are even talking about doing a separate screening in Ann Arbor, which would enable her to see the early screening with her family and friends.

Signa Phi Epsilon and Delta Gamma enjoy carving pumpkins together this fall.


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Greek of the Issue: Matt Francis, DTD

Every issue, The Forum likes to feature a fraternity or sorority member that has gone above and beyond in their dedication to our Greek Community. This Fall’s Featured Greek is Matt Francis, a senior in Delta Tau Delta and the current VP Internal Affairs and the Interim VP Programming for the Interfraternity Council. Interview By Zachary Wainwright Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself. A: I’m a senior from Clawson, MI, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Economics. I am a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, where I have served as the Corresponding Secretary and the Director of Risk Management. For the past few MSA Elections, I have also campaigned on behalf of the Michigan Vision Party. Q: What is your role on IFC Exec? A: I’m the Vice President of Internal Affairs and the interim VP of Programming. As far as Internal Affairs is concerned, I keep all of the documents and resources organized for the council, run the IFC CTools site, and chair events such as Greek Awards and IFC Elections. For Programming, I chaired events such as Taste of Michigan, Greek Service Day, and IFC New Member Day. Q: Why did you decide to run for IFC Exec? A:I have served on IFC for two terms. The first term I ran because I wanted to represent my fraternity at the highest level of Greek Life. For my second term, I had a clearer vision for the Greek Community. I wanted to expand upon my role by making a tangible impact on the community, while also representing Greek Life at the highest level here at the University. Q: Why did you decide to organize Greek Service Day? A: Greek Service Day was an event that for the first time bought together the four councils of the Greek Community to work together and show what type of power and influence our community can have by coming together as one. I saw this as a historic opportunity and a legacy for our current exec board to leave on Greek Life. Q: What did you hope to accomplish with Greek Service Day? A: Through Greek Service Day we were hoping to accomplish a sense of unity, a sense of community. Far too often, our chapters operate as 67 separate organizations. However, we all face the same issues, and by coming together we can truly make our community stronger. Hopefully Greek Service Day was a stepping stone in that direction and the next Exec boards for all four councils can build upon it and truly foster a sense of community. Q: What do you do in your free time? A: Now you’re just messing with me – what free time? When I do have some time to spare, I love to watch foot-

ball and SportsCenter or go to the gym and play a pick-up game of basketball. This may also sound corny, but I do enjoy doing IFC business in my down-time. For some reason it helps to relax me. Q: What do you hope to do after graduation? A: I have applied for Teach for America, so I’ll see how that goes. I’m also interested in going to law school in a year or two down the road. Q: Looking back on your involvement in Greek Life over the years, what has been your proudest/favorite moment? A: Wow, there have been plenty. To keep it on a community level, Greek Service Day. To be honest, I did not know what to expect out of the day. The planning for the day got a little side-tracked, but in the end it worked out perfectly. We had over 900 Greeks participate for over 3000 total hours. The collaborative effort we showed by working with over 25 site projects, the University, and the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti communities was amazing. It was a lot of work, but once the final bus dropped off the last load of volunteers, there was a feeling of accomplishment and achievement and knowing that no project was too big to tackle. Q: With your Exec term winding down, what are you looking forward to once the term is over? A: Rest and relaxation! It has been one crazy and busy semester and I look forward to the opportunity to just be able to chill and have nothing to do. Next semester is going to feel so foreign to me as I won’t be holding any positions for anything – in a way I’m really looking forward to that, but at the same time I know I am going to miss being busy and running around. Q: Is there anything else you’d like to add? A: Greek Life at the University of Michigan is truly a special thing. I remember when I rushed freshman year the slogan was “pick your letters, change your life”. I thought this was very cliché and gave no bearing to it, but honestly it has held much value since then. I have benefitted so much from joining Greek Life. I have made some of the best friends and with them have some of the craziest memories. As a person I have developed socially and professionally, and some of the best work I have done since coming to campus has been through Greek Life. I have always said that regardless of all the decisions I have made in my life, the two best decisions I’ve made have been coming to the University of Michigan and going Delt!

Congratulations to the Fall Order of Omega Initiates! Ashley Anderson Alpha Delta Pi Sarah Atkinson Alpha Delta Pi Arielle Benjoya Kappa Kappa Gamma Leanna Blanchard Delta Gamma Sarah Bush Zeta Sigma Chi Marah Casey Delta Gamma Heidi Chiu Delta Gamma Jennifer Cooper Delta Delta Delta Leili Doerr Delta Gamma Erin Dubnow Delta Phi Epsilon Allison Feldman Delta Gamma Jennifer Fine Sigma Kappa Natalie Fluent Delta Gamma

Nell Gable Sigma Kappa Kathleen Gannon Delta Gamma Kirsten Jane Henshaw Alpha Chi Omega Emily Hillgren Delta Delta Delta Kuangyow Zachary Hwang Triangle Victoria Jennings Delta Gamma Kelsey Johnson Alpha Delta Pi Hira Khanum Alpha Gamma Delta Madeline Klein Kappa Alpha Theta MacKenzie Lang Alpha Delta Pi Ezra Meier-Zimbler Chi Psi Elana Mendelowitz Alpha Epsilon Phi Brooke Meyer Alpha Epsilon Phi

Thomas O’Brien Phi Gamma Delta Alexandra Rusetzke Delta Delta Delta Jessica Sayles West Alpha Gamma Delta Amanda Sellinger Sigma Kappa Erin Shea Alpha Gamma Delta Sarah Smith Alpha Delta Pi Lauren Traudt Delta Gamma Melissa Trebil Alpha Chi Omega Arden Trickey-Glassman Alpha Gamma Delta Anne Turner Alpha Epsilon Phi Nicole Vitale Delta Delta Delta Melanie Wang Delta Phi Epsilon Katie Wood Delta Gamma

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Taking It To The Mud SAE’s Mudbowl Celebrates Its 77th Year By Stephanie Benjamin Before the Illinois game on Saturday, November 6th, the 77th annual Mudbowl game was celebrated by hundreds of Michigan Greeks. Hosted by Sigma Alpha Epsilon, this event has become the largest philanthropic endeavor hosted by a single Greek organization at the University of Michigan. Mudbowl has a long history at Michigan. For the majority of the 20th century, SAE and Phi Delta Theta were the largest fraternity rivals on campus. One day in the early 1930s, SAE brother Carl “Bunny” Giller trekked across Washtenaw to challenge Phi Delt to a game of tackle football, where the winner would receive a keg and bragging rights for the year. But a week before the game, poor weather transformed the grassy valley in the backyard of SAE’s house into a mud-pit. But the brothers found that football was even more entertaining to play in the dirty conditions, and the mud has been artificially recreated since the first game. “Nowadays we make the mud ourselves,” Scott Andersen, the Mudbowl Coordinator for SAE, said. “We till the field using a tractor, and then the fire department visits a week before the final game and fills our backyard with 40,000 gallons of water.” For the past 15 years, SAE has hosted a playoff for all of the fraternities and sororities that have registered a team several weeks prior to the actual Mudbowl game. The winner of the fraternity bracket plays SAE in the finals, and the two winning sororities face each other during halftime of the fraternity game. For the third year in a row, Phi Kappa Psi won the fraternity playoffs to face SAE in the final Mudbowl game. Phi Psi’s quarterback Matt Esperheim explained their success in recent years. “We take it really seriously, you know?” Esperheim said. “Our team has three coaches and our players are very tough. That’s how we win.” While SAE triumped this year with a 12-6 victory, SAE cocaptain Ryan Polun made it clear that they too work hard to prepare for the game.

Greek Service Day Continued from Page 1 members put a lot of thought into how it could be improved for next year, and they will be passing those suggestions along to the incoming officers in the form of recommended timelines and event analysis notes. Among the things that the councils will try to improve will be the signup process, which was not as efficient as the officers had hoped, and diversifying the volunteers at each site so people get to spend time with Greeks from other chapters. The new boards will also be encouraged to find new organizations to help, while retaining the sites that worked well this year. Greek Service Day was very special to Klein because of the interaction between all of the councils. “I feel that we were all able to learn something from each other, which made our time volunteering together most enjoyable,” she said. Hopefully this is only the beginning of the increased collaboration between the four councils. As Greek Service Day has proven, Greeks can do an enormous amount of good when we put all of our resources into the same place. Our fraternity and sorority members had a tremendous impact not only on the Ann Arbor community, but people in need all over the world. Great job, Greeks!


“The past 3 years against Phi Psi have been very close, nailbiting games, usually with them driving to tie or win,” Polun said. “Being a co-captain, I had to assume a lot of the responsibility for producing a good team, and we’ve been practicing 3 or 4 times a week since we’ve gotten back to campus.” This year’s Mudbowl also saw the return of the sorority competition. While alumnae advisory boards and inter/ national organizations objected to the rough nature of the competition and forced the cancellation of the sorority game last year, SAE made a variety of changes this year to help accommodate the sorority women. These changes included the hiring of third-party referees, an on-site medical team that was ready to respond to any injuries, and a stricter enforcement of an alcohol-free policy. With these positive steps toward a safer environment, seven sororities were able to compete in the Mudbowl playoffs. Sigma Kappa and Kappa Kappa Gamma went to the mud on November 6th, where Sigma Kappa a victory by one touchdown. This year, the event raised more than $38,000, thanks in large part to Andersen’s tireless efforts. Polun said that while the fraternity has always raised money from contacted alumni and family members, Andersen made a greater effort to secure community sponsors for the event. The largest contributors were Coyote Logistics, Quickie Burger, and Nogginz Hairshop, although many other businesses participated as well. “Scott really went above and beyond this year,” Polun said. “And all of his efforts led to a very successful event that will really help our community.” All of the money raised for the event, including team registration fees and donations from community sponsors and Greek alumni, go toward the Charles Woodson Clinical Research Fund. This organization is a part of the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott’s Children Hospital and fuels research for various types of adolescent illnesses. Once again, Mudbowl was a very successful event and helped to promote healthy competition between Greek organizations. Despite the freezing temperatures and the messy conditions, Michigan Greeks loved getting together to compete for a good cause.

A Different Kind Of Halloween Party Omega Gamma Pi Brings Wizard of Oz Event To Disabled Kids at Wing Lake

By Meaghan O’Connor It is no secret that Halloween is an exciting time around the University of Michigan campus, but to the Omega Gamma Pi brothers, it is also a time to give back to the community. October 29th marked their third annual fall-themed party at the Wing Lake Developmental Center. Wing Lake, located in Bloomfield Hills, serves children and young adults with severe cognitive disabilities such as mental retardation, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and others. For one of the brothers, Neil Khanna, this party is extremely personal – his brother attends the school.

Along with giving the kids a day of fun activities, OGP wanted to show the students “a lighter side of life,” according to Khanna. “We were determined to give them a day of complete happiness, where they could ignore the harsher realities of life,” he said. Based on Omega Gamma Pi’s work in the community, it’s clear that Greeks have the capability to make a significant impact on the world around us. With the holiday season now approaching, it’s a great time to reach out to the Ann Arbor community and show others that we care.

“I wanted to show the students at Wing Lake that there are those who recognize and respect them for pushing through their trials and tribulations every day,” Khanna said. Last year, the brothers put on a Thanksgiving party complete with a face-painter, party favors, arts and crafts, candy, a skit, and many more activities for the students. But this year, they decided to visit over Halloween weekend and host a themed party based on The Wizard of Oz. The brothers incorporated a musical skit, a backdrop with characters for photo opportunities, plenty of arts and crafts, trick or treating, and pumpkin decorating for the event.

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Chapters Support “Pink October” Breast Cancer Awareness A Top Priority For Greeks By Allison Haney In the United States, about one in every eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In order to fight back against this deadly disease, the Greek Community helped support “Pink October” by raising both money and awareness for breast cancer research during October, the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While the Greek Community was united in the cause, individual chapters also held creative and successful events to help “save the ta-tas.” Zeta Tau Alpha held multiple events in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Zeta’s biggest fundraiser, the ZTA Yogurt Eating Contest, was held on the Diag and consisted of 53 teams competing to finish eight cups of yogurt. The winning team, from Sigma Phi Epsilon, completed the task in 1 minute and 24 seconds. The event raised over $1,000 for the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation, which supports breast cancer awareness and education. “We saw Greek chapters not only show overwhelming support for our efforts, but also make their own strides towards raising money for this cause through their own creative fundraisers,” said Juli Dailey, ZTA’s Philanthropy Fundraising Chair. “The response from campus was incredible.” Other ways in which Zeta supported the cause included chalking the Diag with pink symbols, bucketing on Main Street and handing out thousands of pink ribbons at a Detroit Lions game. The sorority also tied large pink ribbons on the trees outside their house on Hill and Washtenaw. Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., an NPHC sorority, also supported breast cancer awareness by hosting A Pretty Check-up, which consisted of a fashionable shoe auction, information session, dance performances, and testimonials from breast cancer survivors. The funds raised went to support the research of Dr. Newman, Professor of Surgery and Director at the U-M Breast Care Center, whose primary research focuses on ethnicity-related variation in breast cancer risk and outcome.

One of the survivor testimonials was from a current college student, making the event especially relevant to students. “A Pretty Check-Up helped the attendees to see that cancer isn’t something that is too far detached from just you because you are young,” said Asari Offiong, Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Program Chair. Sigma Delta Tau and Sigma Alpha Mu’s “Go Blue Wear Pink” week could not be missed on campus. This year alone, the joint venture raised $32,000 with approximately 1,500 T-shirts sold, in addition to funds raised through sponsorships and donations. The majority of the money went go to the Susan G. Komen Mid-Michigan Affiliate, and a smaller portion went to the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation, which was founded by SDT sophomore Carly Abramson. In addition to the T-shirt sales, the chapters hosted a dunk tank on the Diag, held inflatable jousting, and sold pink cookies and cupcakes. Members of Alpha Epsilon Phi sold grilled cheese sandwiches and baked goods at their Phi Grill event on October 7, which took place at night and got a lot of support from hungry partygoers. The event raised $800 for Sharsheret, Alpha Epsilon Phi’s national philanthropy that provides support for young Jewish women facing breast cancer. This was the third time AEPhi has hosted Phi Grill, and they hope to make it a biannual event on campus. The Greek community united this October to support not only breast cancer awareness, but also each other. “It’s cool to see all the fraternities and sororities from all the councils support breast cancer awareness. Inevitably you meet a lot of new friends and connections in the process, and you go to bed knowing you did change a life,” said AEPhi Philanthropy Chair Jennifer Looney. While “Pink October” may be over, the Greek Community will continue to make strides towards breast cancer research and awareness throughout the year, and we should be proud of all of the support we have provided so far.

Alpha Phi held their annual Red Dress Gala over Parents Weekend to benefit Women’s Cardiac Care. This year, they introduced a “Dancing with the Phis” competition, where attendees voted for their favorite dancer with donations.

Putting Fun In Philanthropy

Greeks Enjoy Creative Ways of Giving Back By Sarah Smith Originally Published: September 7th, 2010 While most college students know that it’s important to give back to the community, the concept of raising money often seems boring, with words like “philanthropy” conjuring up images of telethons on PBS or people going door-to-door. Philanthropy and community service are cornerstones of Greek Life, but we’ve found plenty of ways to have fun while doing so. The prime example of this is Greek Week, where we often raise upwards of $50,000 for local and national charities while engaging in healthy competition with each other. However, most individual chapters also hold large-scale philanthropy events, which invite the rest of the Greek Community to come out and have fun. Sports-loving Greeks, rejoice! There is a philanthropy tournament for pretty much every sport imaginable. Every fall, Sigma Alpha Epsilon hosts Mudbowl, a giant fraternity football tournament in their mud-filled yard. This event, going into its 77th year, raises money for C.S. Mott’s Children’s Hospital. During Winterfest, Psi Upsilon transforms their backyard into an ice rink, and chapters pay an entrance fee benefiting the Ronald McDonald House to participate in a single-round elimination broomball tournament. The many spectators watching the games enjoy music by a local DJ, and food and beverages donated by local businesses. Pi Beta Phi hosts Arrowspike, a volleyball tournament benefitting First Book that is usually held on the sand volleyball court in Alpha Delta Phi’s front yard. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy Delta Kappa Epsilon’s Frasters, an annual golf tournament which raises money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Finally, Alpha Delta Pi hosts February Frenzy, a 3-v-3 basketball tournament at the IM Sports Building which supports the Ronald McDonald House. Hungry from all of those sports? Greeks love to serve up some great food for a cause. In March, Alpha Phi puts on their Alpha Phiesta, an all-you-can-eat Tex-Mex buffet for the Alpha Phi Foundation. Delta Delta Delta hosts Tri-Hop, a pancake buffet benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For last year’s Spring Football Game, Chi Psi and Zeta Tau Alpha paired up to host an all-youcan-eat Pig Roast for the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation. Chi Omega hosts Wing Fling, a bottomless hotwings buffet for to sponsor a child in the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Alpha Epsilon Phi holds Phi Grill, a late-night grilled cheese sale in their front yard, several times per year to benefit Sharsheret, one of their national philanthropies. Kappa Kappa Gamma hosts Kappasta in the fall, featuring all-you-can-eat spaghetti and breadsticks for Reading is Fundamental. And lastly, Sigma Delta Tau holds an All-You-Can-Eat event with hamburgers and hot dogs for Prevent Child Abuse America. While the Greek Community obviously loves to play sports and eat, we also hold philanthropy events involving other fun ideas. Each November, Pi Kappa Alpha (Pike) and Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) join together with the Pike and FIJI chapters from Ohio State to host the Rivalry Run Against Cancer. On the night before the big Michigan-Ohio State football game, men from both fraternities run the game ball from the Big House in Ann Arbor to Ohio Stadium in Columbus. In Delta Chi’s Polar Plunge, participants jump into the frozen waters of Whitmore Lake to raise money for Michigan’s Special Olympics. Delta Gamma’s Anchorsplash, now held as a part of Greek Week, includes a wide variety of water competitions from relay races to inner-tube water polo, with the proceeds going towards their national Service for Sight campaign. Kappa Alpha Theta hosts Rock the Casa every fall, featuring the best local bands to raise money for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Finally, the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon shave their heads each spring in Shaving For The Cure, benefitting the Saint Baldrick’s Foundation.

Pi Beta Phi and Alpha Delta Phi hosted another fun and successful Arrowspike tournament in October. The proceeds benefitted First Book, an organization that promotes literacy.

These are just a few of the many philanthropy events that the Greek community supports every year. Between our overwhelming dedication to our own charities and our support for other chapters’ events, we’re able to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars per year for worthy foundations and causes. And as evidenced, we always have fun while doing it.

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CHAPTER UPDATES A B G D E Z H Q I K L M N X O P R S T U F C Y W AXΩ Alpha Chi Omega Alpha Chi Omega enjoyed a fabulously successful recruitment this fall, welcoming 55 beautiful new members into our chapter. In November, they attended a New Member Retreat at a nearby high ropes course in Jackson, MI, where our new pledge class bonded over some exciting outdoor challenges. In late October, more than 75 alumnae joined us for a “high tea” event at the house, where we enjoyed scones, tea, house tours, and reminiscing in celebration of our chapter’s 100th birthday. Our final big event of the semester, Semi-Formal, will be held in early December on the Detroit Princess Riverboat to honor our wonderful new Alpha Chi’s. .

hood event at an apple orchard and were thrilled with the new additions to our families during our Big and Little reveal! Chapters have been fun with new member meetings, exciting speakers, and having our seniors talk about their majors, internships, and future plans. When we haven’t been studying for midterms, or cheering on our sisters who are cheerleaders and members of the dance team on Football Saturdays, we’ve been plannig our annual Red Dress Gala, our national philanthropy event. Our Red Dress Gala was extremely successful this year, and we can hardly wait for the final count to see how much money we raised to benefit Women’s Cardiac Care through the Alpha Phi Foundation. We enjoyed getting to spend time with our parents, bid at a silent auction, and see our sisters dance in our first ever “Dancing with the Phis.” In the meantime, we are looking forward to officially welcoming our 2010 Pledge Class as members of our chapter with our upcoming initiation. As the semester draws to a close, we know it will be hard to say goodbye to some of our sisters who will be leaving for study abroad trips, as they will definitely be missed. But with winter just around the corner, Alpha Phi looks forward to finishing up exams and enjoying a relaxing Winter Break. XΩ Chi Omega

AΔΠ Alpha Delta Pi Alpha Delta Pi started Fall Term off with a splash at a Waterpark Date Dash during Welcome Week, a surprise date party where our girls only had an hour to find a date. Then came Recruitment, where ADPi welcomed 54 extraordinary new women into their sisterhood on Bid Day. Group outings to Bowling and Laser Tag were quite a hit, and so were sisterhood trips to the Pumpkin Patch, the Harry Potter 7 midnight premiere, and an after-hours shopping trip at J. Crew. ADPis had a blast at Barndance and at our new members’ carry-in with Sigma Phi Epsilon, our wonderful tailgate partner for this football season. We loved helping Phi Delta Theta with their annual Haunted House for middle schoolers, and we’re very excited to make blankets for Project Linus with Delta Chi later on in the term. We’re also looking forward to our Holiday Semi-Formal at the end of the semester, as well as a self-defense workshop right before finals. Lastly, ADPi would like to congratulate Rachel Berkal, our newly elected President, and Forum Editor Sarah Smith for being elected to the new Panhel Exec Board. AEΦ Alpha Epsilon Phi After a successful recruitment, Alpha Epsilon Phi doubled in size this semester and is well on its way to inspiring further growth for the group, its members, and its sisterhood. Throughout September and October, the sisters participated in philanthropy events around campus and raised thousands of dollars, in addition to hosting their bi-annual Phi Grill to raise money for AEPhi’s philanthropies, Sharsheret and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. The biggest highlight of the semester for AEPhi came on November 7th, when the Michigan Colony was officially reinstated as the Pi Chapter at the University of Michigan, marking the culmination of their tireless efforts over the past two years. Heading into the new semester, the women are looking forward to a successful winter recruitment as well as moving forward with the newfound spirit and enthusiasm that came with finally being rechartered at the University. ΑΓΔ Alpha Gamma Delta Alpha Gams have been very busy this semester with all of our fabulous activities. Firstly, we would like to congratulate all of the new baby squirrels, and we are extremely happy with our newest full pledge class! Philanthropically, we have already achieved our Jewel Status through our annual Greek Sale, and our Trick-orTreating philanthropy event! We are looking forward to many more awesome philanthropy events during the year. Additionally, we had a great Barn Dance and are looking forward to Semi-Formal just around the corner. After a slight break for Parents Weekend, where all enjoyed a lovely BBQ, Alpha Gams are hitting the books for Finals – we are all looking forward to holiday break and a bright new year!

Although the school year is merely beginning, Chi Omega has emanated energy, excitement and events throughout the University of Michigan. To jumpstart our philanthropy, we hosted Wing Fling, where we filled our front lawn with Buffalo Wild Wings, music, and hungry students. The event was a great success, raising over $11,000 for Make-a-Wish foundation – a sum large enough to grant wishes to TWO children! In addition to our philanthropic efforts, we focused on family during Chi Omega’s Dad’s Weekend 2010! This weekend was packed with brunches, games, and montages portraying both our Chi-O sisterhood and our Daddy-Daughter love. These are just a few highlights of Chi Omega’s schedule thus far, and we are anxiously awaiting the events for the rest of this year! ΔX Delta Chi While getting back into the swing of school life can be a bit dull, the Delta Chi Fraternity has been having a fun and successful semester in all aspects. During Welcome Week we had our first annual Delta Cairo Egyptian-themed party, complete with a working waterfall cascading off of our roof. There have been quite a few notable accomplishments by our brothers as well. Tom Curran was awarded the Matthew Bernstein Scholarship, a prize for Jewish men who excel both in the classroom and on the stage, and junior Ben Kuslits won the National Squash Championship for the 19-22 year old age group. Later this year, we will be participating in our flagship philanthropy event, Polar Plunge, where brothers raise money for the Michigan Special Olympics and courageously plunge into the sub-zero waters of the Michigan Golf Course pond. The fall semester has been a successful one, and the brothers of Delta Chi look forward to carrying that success into the Winter semester.


ΔΚΕ Delta Kappa Epsilon Following a fun and successful winter semester, which included their 3rd annual Frasters Charity Golf Tournament that raised about $2,000 for Student Veterans of America as well as their 3-day Tahitian Weekend beach party, DKE continued to have one of its best years in the 155-year history of Dekes in Ann Arbor. This fall DKE renovated and re-painted the outside of the house, and also installed new letters to give the fraternity house on 1004 Olivia Ave. a fresh look. The brothers and new pledges also gathered in large numbers to participate in the Greek Service Day on October 23rd, which had a positive impact on the Ann Arbor the community. Despite a second-round loss in this year’s Mudbowl, DKE was happy to contribute to the philanthropic effort nonetheless. On the social side, DKE’s annual Dekes of Hazzard party was a huge success, and their Halloween Party proved to be one of the best of the weekend as well. Later in the semester, they look forward to their sending their annual care packages to soldiers overseas, as well as the Christmakkuh Date Party, which always is sure to be an epic night. ΔΦΕ Delta Phi Epsilon Delta Phi Epsilon has had a whirlwind semester this fall. We have just moved into a beautiful new house on South University and we’re absolutely loving it! The sisters welcomed an awesome new pledge class and had a great time during big-little week. We have also had many sisterhood events, from apple-picking to the midnight showing of Harry Potter. This semester, philanthropy has been a top priority. The ladies of DPhiE painted pumpkins for a local assisted living facility and have tutored weekly at Peace Neighborhood Center. As this semester draws to a close, we look forward to what Michigan winter will bring. However, we will miss many of our juniors traveling abroad next semester from everywhere from London to Cape Town.

ΔΔΔ Delta Delta Delta

ΔY Delta Upsilon

So far this year, the Deltas have been very busy! We had a very fun Dad’s Weekend in early November, where we went to a brewery and watched the Mudbowl game with our dads. The Deltas also have raised a substantial amount of money with their annual Teeter-Totter-Thon with Chi Psi, which was featured on the local news and did a great job raising money and awareness for Mott’s Children’s Hospital. The girls have been also partaking in bonding activities, such as the new pledge class go to an outdoors ropes course and holding a Pilates class in the house. Along with all the fun, the girls have been hard at work organizing Founders Day, where the alumnae can come and see their former house and meet all the current members of the chapter. More alumnae than ever have responded and the girls are looking forward to a night full or laughs and yummy treats with their sisters.

Delta Upsilon is a fraternity founded on the principle of “justice our foundation.” At Michigan, the past two years have been difficult, following the fire that destroyed our house. It’s been challenging to maintain unity without the house, DU’s home since its construction in 1903, and we’ve been anxiously awaiting its reconstruction, which will hopefully be completed by next year. But despite all of these challenges, we have preserved our foundation, maintaining an active and positive role on campus and in Greek Life – in order to grant justice to the efforts of those brothers whose dedication built our fraternity before us, as well as to the opportunities of those future brothers who will preserve our honored tradition after us. We have not let the absence of a chapter house stifle our energy for our current ambitions, either. This year we have already volunteered in big numbers at the Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, and the Humane Society, and we will host our annual dodgeball fundraiser in early December. We’ve been active in IFC proceedings and in the first annual Greek Service Day; and we’ve reached out to our neighbors in our temporary to ensure that we’re a welcome part of their community while we’re here. KKΓ Kappa Kappa Gamma

AΦ Alpha Phi It has been a busy and exciting fall for Alpha Phi this year! After a very successful recruitment, Alpha Phi has been enjoying time with our new Pledge Class. We have gotten to know each other better with a fun sister-

This fall, Delta Gamma has been making a difference here in Ann Arbor and overseas. For upcoming Veterans Day, the entire chapter wore their red, white and blue for a photo that accompanied personal letters, gifts and candy to U.S. soldiers overseas in Afghanistan. The ladies of Delta Gamma have spent all semester supporting each other, whether it be a senior’s final Michigan Rugby game against Ohio State or a dream Orchestra concert at Hill Auditorium. Delta Gamma is also proud to have organized its second annual benefit concert, Anchorjam. This year’s concert, held at Fifth Quarter, raised over $2,500 for the Delta Gamma Foundation, which benefits people with sight impairments. Delta Gamma has been proud to welcome the new pledge class with an awesome carnival-themed Bid Day celebration, Big/ Little Week, and Lineage week. The pledge class also experienced their first Halloween this year dressed as the DGeeks. To continue the exciting Halloween weekend, Delta Gamma held a Halloween-themed chapter meeting. In the wake of a successful semester, many DeeGees are now preparing to study abroad all over the world during Winter semester, and even a Semester at Sea.

ΔΓ Delta Gamma

This semester, Kappa Kappa Gamma has welcomed 55 lovely new members to join our sisterhood! By participating in group activities such as painting the rock, coffee dates between freshmen and older member classes, and frozen-yogurt movie nights, we have strengthened the bonds between the women of our chapter.

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Kappa Kappa Gamma invited our families from across the country to celebrate Parents Weekend on October 8th-10th, and we were able to get to know each other during an appetizer hour at the house and the MSU game festivities. Luckily for us, our fabulous new house mom Cathy Lyle helps keep our house in immaculate shape. Kappa Kappa Gamma also organized our exciting philanthropy event, Kappasta, for Reading is Fundamental. Kappa was ecstatic to have such a great turnout to the all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner on November 7th. Kappa Kappa Gamma continues to achieve academic excellence, thanks in part to our continually updated class files while allow our girls to share class notes and study guides. Also, we are proud that one of our members attended Leadership Academy, an event orchestrated by Kappa Headquarters, where she was able to meet with members from other chapters and KKG alumnae. This semester has been exciting for the sisters of Kappa Kappa Gamma and as we transition to a new council, we look forward to the rest of the school year! ΩΓΠ Omega Gamma Pi Omega Gamma Pi is enjoying a great third year at Michigan. Founded in 2007, we have successfully established our ideals of Brotherhood, Philanthropy, and Academics with 32 members this year, following a great recruitment of 14 new members last year. We have the highest GPA in the Multicultural Greek Council, we were MGC’s Chapter of the Year at Greek Awards Night, and we were also Greek Week Champions with Team Queen during the Winter 2010 semester. We were delighted to be invited to work with children with disabilities at Wing Lake Developmental Center in Bloomfield Hills again this year, and we held our annual “Carnival at Wing Lake” Halloween event on October 30th. We are currently in the planning stages of our 3rd annual Throw For Bo Flag Football Tournament for students around our campus, and we’re working with the Bo Schembechler Heart of a Champion Research Fund at the UM Cardiovascular Center. We are also proud of our Brothers’ involvement with different organizations around campus, including the MGC Executive Board, Greek Week Steering Committee, University Residence Staff, and the Indian American Student Association. ΦΣP Phi Sigma Rho This year Phi Rho has been active in philanthropy as well as social events with our sisters. We participated in the Greek Wide Service Day and numerous other service events this semester, including MAC riding with the Triangle Fraternity. The sisters also had a bonding retreat at a corn maze. Phi Rho had a very good recruitment semester, and we are looking forward to initiation early in December. ΠBΦ Pi Beta Phi These first few months of school have proven to be another fun and successful fall semester for the ladies of Pi Beta Phi. After a very successful recruitment, we are excited to initiate the girls and officially welcome our new angels into the house. Our annual philanthropic event Arrowspike, a volleyball tournament used to raise funds for First Book, our literacy foundation, was again very successful this year. We partnered up with the amazing guys from Alpha Delta Phi and were able to raise $1500. Pi Phis enjoyed a wonderful Parents’ Weekend full of fun activities where parents and girls got to know each other. As this semester comes to a close, Pi Phis continue to work hard coordinating events such as our MaryKay fundraiser and our visits to elementary schools, and some Pi Phis are preparing to study abroad in schools all around the world next semester.

ΨY Psi Upsilon

ΘΔX Theta Delta Chi

The brothers of Psi Upsilon have started off the Fall 2010 semester on the right foot. In additional to their successes with rush and their annual Welcome Week Beach Party, the brothers also participated in a goalsetting, leadership seminar with national Psi U alumni. This fall, Psi U has thrown some of the most exciting football pregames on campus, with the help of the ladies of Sigma Delta Tau. The brothers of Psi U hope to carry this momentum into the final game against Wisconsin, and cap a season of the most epic pregames. Psi U has also begun to plan their annual Winterfest, where the backyard of the Upsi is transformed into a full ice rink. The brothers of Psi U look forward to presenting another year of Greek Life broomball in an event designed to bring the Greek Community together and benefit a worthy charity.

The men of Theta Delta Chi had a great kick-off to the school year by moving into their new house at 401 East Madison. As the new conditional chapter in IFC, TDX has enjoyed becoming involved in the Greek Community through participation in events such as Greek Service Day, Mudbowl, and IM sports. In addition to their social lives, the TDX brothers have been busy with philanthropy and community service; this semester they successfully hosted a fundraiser at Noodles and Company to raise money for Autism Speaks, and each brother in the fraternity has completed at least 15 hours of community service.

ΣX Sigma Chi The Theta Theta chapter of Sigma Chi has been busy growing in their third year back on campus. Sigma Chi has held many mixers with various sororities and partnered with Phi Rho Alpha for this year’s football tailgates. This semester, Sigma Chi has also obtained an impressive class of 20 pledges, the most in the rechartered chapter’s short history. Additionally, the chapter house, next to The Union, was featured in the Ann Arbor episode of the popular Travel Channel show, Man v. Food. Finally, Sigma Chi will be teamed up with Pi Beta Phi for a philanthropic event at 5th Quarter on November 20th to support the Hunstman Cancer Institute. ΣΔT Sigma Delta Tau This year Sig Delts have been busier than ever, kicking off the semester with Go Blue Wear Pink, their annual fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation with Sigma Alpha Mu. After a week of fun and games on the Diag, including “Spank the Spartan,” pink cupcakes, and a dunk tank, Wolverines can now be seen all over campus wearing their Go Blue Wear Pink shirts. This was its most successful year ever, raising over $31,000 for breast cancer research! The ladies of Sigma Delta Tau are so excited for their new pledge class, inviting all 54 girls over for dinner each week. Together, Sig Delts celebrated Halloween by carving pumpkins and dressing up as “RockSDTars.” Sigma Delta Tau is also looking forward to having “SDTea Party” on its front lawn to raise money for Prevent Child Abuse America on December 9th.

ΘΞ Theta Xi As brothers of Theta Xi returned from our summer internships and travel abroad trips, we knew that Fall ’10 would be one of Theta Xi’s most accomplishing semesters. We started off the semester with strong hopes of contributing back to the community. We were successful during Defend the Diag, when our brothers and associate members stood watch over the Diag for 72 hours, ready to stop any invading Spartans from desecrating our symbolic “M”. We also raised over $2,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society thanks to the generous Michigan community and our sponsors. During Greek Service Day, over half of our brothers helped Habitat for Humanity demolish and rebuild needed homes. We also started with hopes of exposing more of the incoming new students to Michigan Greek Life. Our efforts during welcome week and the rush period enabled us to have one of our biggest pledge classes yet. Triangle This fall, Triangle made the long-awaited big move back to their house on 1501 Washtenaw. With the contractor renovations completed, brothers have enjoyed the opportunity of painting the main spaces and adding all of our personal touches into the house. In addition, Triangles have had fun this semester with our large house-welcoming alumni homecoming event, some great football tailgates, and our parties and mixers with sororities. We’ve also enjoyed brotherhood events, IM sports, and having a strong participation in a wide variety of service events on and off campus.

ΣK Sigma Kappa Sigma Kappa had a very busy fall semester. We participated in numerous sisterhood events and date parties, as well as several philanthropic events. The sisters of Sigma Kappa visited a cider mill for a fun, fall day of picking apples and visiting animals in the cider mill’s petting zoo. On Halloween, we hosted our 2nd Annual Spooky SigmaKappancake breakfast, which proved to be a great success, raising nearly $5,000 for our philanthropies. In November, Sigma Kappa hosted Founders’ Day and welcomed several chapters throughout the state to celebrate our Founders. In addition to these events, Sigma Kappa also won the sorority football game in Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s Mudbowl, which brought great pride to those who played and cheered during the game, all while supporting SAE’s philanthropy. We hope to have a fun, yet busy, rest of the semester and are looking forward to the events we have planned in the future.

ZTA Zeta Tau Alpha After receiving recognition as the most involved sorority on campus at the Go Greek Awards winter semester, Zetas entered the Fall 2010 semester with great pride in our sisterhood. We experienced our first formal recruitment as a chapter with varied themes including our Triple Crown 2nd round, where ZTAs gave tours of our newly refurbished home. After the rush of recruiting and pledging 56 new women to our organization, we dove right into Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, raising awareness and funds bychalking the Diag with pink ribbons, volunteering for the Think Pink! at an NFL Detroit Lions football game, hosting a Yoplait Yogurt Eating Contest, and working with Michigan Football in support of the Pink Out on Homecoming Weekend! Zetas also participated in many sisterhood and service events this semester, such as a trip to a local orchard for apple picking and our first Senior Citizen Prom Night in Ypsilanti. Our tailgates with Kappa Sigma and our first date party at the Cavern Night Club have been a lot of fun, too. ZTA sisters are enjoying the foundation rituals of our organization during the month of November, and we are excited for the upcoming holiday break!

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Greek Speak

We asked 8 fraternity and sorority members: What was the coolest costume you saw on Halloween? By Nikki Williams “The Phi Psi Green Man Army was definitely the best in their full body spandex suits!” -Pat Sierawski, Phi Kappi Psi

Animal House

My Search For Michigan’s Cutest Fraternity Pets By Carly Boddy Searching for housing locations on the University of Michigan campus that allows pets is not an easy task, or so one might think. But one can look no further than the closest fraternity house in order to find the most cuddly dogs and cutest kittens.

“I loved all the Lady Gaga and Katy Perry costumes this year – people got really into them.” -Melissa Levoska, Alpha Delta Pi “Our new members dressed up as Delta Delinquents, and they looked absolutely adorable as criminals for the night.” -Mallory Zickfeld, Delta Phi Epsilon “I saw a group of guys dressed up like Chilean Miners and I really got a kick out of that – and my best friend from high school was a Treasure Troll with the crazy hair!” -Sarah Smith, The Forum’s Editor-in-Chief

Chuck Hanna of Delta Kappa Epsilon is fortunate enough to own a canine named Moose to help him get through the tough days at the University. While Chuck thinks that his pup is “a beauty,” some of his roommates seem to have a different opinion about Moose. They described him as “rambunctious,” and from an outsider’s perspective, that appears to be an accurate description: when I made my visit to Moose’s home, he was vehemently tearing apart a stuffed Tyrannosaurus Rex. Moose serves several purposes inside the fraternity house; however, his main role however is to be a chick magnet. He draws plenty of girls to Chuck’s house and helps them with the brothers when they serenade sororities. He participates in recruitment, helps to welcome new Wolverines to campus, enjoys Football Saturdays, and even helps clean the floors of his residence by eating things that cover it. Perhaps as a reward for cleaning the house, Chuck should buy some extra dog treats for his furry best friend.

“One of our brothers dressed up as Ron Burgundy from Anchorman – he quoted the movie all night, and he practiced the jazz flute solo for three weeks to get it right!” –Spencer Bentley, Sigma Phi Epsilon “Some of the girls in Kappa dressed up like all of the upcoming holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve. I thought that was really creative.” - Jess Cola, Kappa Kappa Gamma “Alpha Phirefighters were such a great costume - the girls were all smokin’ hot!” – Caroline Castellano, The Forum’s Photo & Design Asst. “Phi Psi’s pledges were all Where’s Waldo, which was pretty funny – but what was even better was that they tried to get in the background of everybody’s pictures so people could ‘find’ them later.” – Jill Boc, The Forum’s Marketing Director “I loved SDT rockstars for our pledge class costume - it was so much fun to get ready! - Sarah Mitchell, Sigma Delta Tau 12

The men of Psi Upsilon also have a pet that resides in their house. Ashley, the furry feline that keeps them company, is not quite as fond of Football Saturdays as Moose is, but she loves chilling with the boys and playing a bit of FIFA. She spends much of her days watching the brothers at her house catch up on SportsCenter from her squishy beanbag chair, which perfectly matches her fur in color. However, she’s always on her feet and manages to quickly dodge any people that decide to take a seat on the beanbag. Although Ashley seems to avoid eating objects off of the floor, her favorite chew toys are pencil erasers. She also thoroughly enjoys playing with a ragged and torn St. Patrick’s Day bandana when it’s swung in front of her. She may not participate in Football Saturday or serenades, but she means a lot to the brothers nonetheless. The men of Psi Upsilon know that whenever they enter the house, a small, cute, loveable kitten will be there waiting for them to brighten their day.

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The Forum - Fall 2010  

The Forum is the official newspaper of the Michigan Greek Community, written and edited by its members.

The Forum - Fall 2010  

The Forum is the official newspaper of the Michigan Greek Community, written and edited by its members.