StudentServices Directorissues position paper onfraternity - sorority issue
By Betsy LantzFraternities. Do they belong on Mer-cy hurst's campus? Would the socialbenefits to the college communityoutweigh the problems these organiza-tions have created elsewhere?
responds Mercyhurst's Direc-tor of Student Services
nedy, in a position paper on socialfraternities which he presented to thePresident's Board of Associates inDecember.
of Student Services
E. William Kennedy
limited my research to the
poses of fraternities as related to thepurposes of highereducation/'
frater-nities • all of them negative.
from a neutral, almost positive stand-point,
now think the college would bea better college without fraternities,"he continued. "I don't have analyticalproof for this; it's just my perception."
his paper, Kennedy
the advantages to a college that frater-nities
provide: improved social life,
retention of students,lasting linkage between alumni and theInstitution, opportunities to holdleadership positions, provision ofpublic service projects, and creation ofan atmosphere that facilitates adjust-ment to college life. 1Despite these benefits, within the
years Amherst, Williams andColby
nities, organizations that had been apart of these institutions for over 140years. "In reaching my conclusions,
lege's reasons for eliminating frater-nities,"Kennedy
issue of The Chronicle of
explore both the
abolishfraternities in an attempt to "improveresidential life."
nedy outlines three disadvantages thatfraternities would present both to thestudents and the college. According toKennedy, fraternities usually requireinitiation fees of $126 to $225 with ad-ditional costs of $150 to $250 per yearto cover dues, national assessmentsand house maintenance fees. Hewrites, "At Colby College, members
Tau Delta Phi spent another $100 to$150 per
per year for parties.These amounts are conservative, butsignificant
campus with 80
cent of its enrollment receiving sometype of financial aid."
A second problem involves housing.As Kennedy reports, the only realisticoption for the college would be to useone
the.four Baldwin Garden(Briggs) apartment complexes italready owns, or to purchase the fourremaining buildings north of the
lege's property to be used as fraternityhousing. "The Investment for the col-lege would be over one million dollars.This may be a financial burden versusthe advantages of a fraternity,"
He continues to point out that othercolleges may "use" fraternities to pro-vide alternative housing. But
Mercy hurst only houses 230 male up-perclassmen, a fraternity house wouldbe in competition with the school forresidents.
only condition thatwould make this feasible is a 25 per-cent
of male residents,"
Estates, "but the demographicpredictions for the
to .22 year oldmarket show a declining
serious objec-tion to a fraternity at Mercyhurst is therecent court decisions relating to
lege liability and alcohol abuse,'*
nedy reports. Such decisions "haveheld colleges responsible for
related to Incidents of underage drink-
He explains, " Fraternitiesoperate with a code of silence andorganization that defies enforcementof reasonable rules and regulations.Aggressive implementation of analcohol policy is much more difficulton a campus with fraternities
Kennedy also believes that frater-nities would serve as a "divisive" forcewithin the student body;
study conducted at Bucknell Universi-ty, which he quotes In his research,found this not to
sororities were contradic-tory to the values espoused by the
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purpose appears to
the provi-sion of brotherhood and parties,"
In his paper he states thatany serious advantages provided by
Another heavy snowfall blanketed
campus Ibis week.
By Chris Alessi
Daniel Burke, director of art at Mer-cyhurst College, was recently awardeda $5,000 fellowship
his painting.Awarded annually by the PennsylvaniaCouncil on the Arts, the fellowship
areas of visual arts
cluding photography, sculpture, in-stallation works, book works, criticismand
One of only six painters to be giventhe fellowship, Burke stated that winn-ing the award carries no stipulation forexhibiting or completing a certainnumber of paintings. "The grant Is
Daniel Burke* standing next to one ofrecent works.
fraternities can be realized throughother avenues. "On a small, personalcampus such as Mercyhurst, the disad-vantages seem to clearly outweigh theadvantages," he concludes.
the opportunity to
opinions on the fraternityissue in an open forum to
held atthe Feb. 2 meeting of the MercyhurstStudent Government. The meeting willbe held in the lobby of Baldwin Hall at7:30 p.m. f
simply to allow for
work'," heexplained."I'm currently working on
museumsize works in
the neighborhood of
to12 feet," Burke added.
fc Eligibility rules do exist, however,for fellowship applicants. AH in-dividuals must be professional artists
serious career commitments.Theyr must also be Pennsylvaniaresidents with a minimum of threeyears
applicationswere accepted by the Oct., 1985,deadline,
forfiscal year '85-'86. This past year, thecouncil granted a total of
Burke has received much attention
the years for his artistic
national andinternational: art awards! includingMainstream's Award of ExoeUence, theChautauqua Art Association Awardand honors at the Greater New OrleansInternational Exhibition.Since 1973, he has been listed
Who's Who In American Art Interna-tional Directory of the Arts
Interna-tional Who's Who
many other publications.
Burke, a member of the Mercyhurstcommunity for the past;
presently asking for donations for hisartwork. He is in need of pieces of oldleather, of
or size, ahd oldumbrellas. He can