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Issue 1 ■ Volume 24 ■ Thursday, Feburary 28, 2013 ■ University of Washington
The Responsibilities of a Chapter President
by Luke Picking
n Friday, February 15th, 2013 at approximately 11:30 PM, a member of the Pi Kappa Phi chapter lost his balance and fell off of the back deck of the chapter house. The member was transported to the Harbor View Medical Center, and at the time of this publication, is in stable condition, according to the official statement released by the general fraternity. Incidences such as this highlight the fact that risk is a substantial reality in the Greek community, and the responsibility for these events lies on the chapter president. For many presidents, this can be a wake up call. When an incident happens, not only does the chapter look toward the president for guidance, but also authorities may look to them for retribution. No chapter president, whether they are from a fraternity or sorority, can truthfully say that they have never had to deal with a risk incident. Sean Carr, recently elected president of Beta Theta Pi, may be new to the position, but is no stranger to risk. “After becoming president, and attending leadership conferences sponsored by our general fraternity, or the IFC, you definitely mature a few years,” Sean stated. “Hearing stories of chapter presidents going to jail for the actions of their members is a sobering reminder that we maintain the majority of the responsibility for our chapter.” This fact is nothing new to Greek organizations, and most organizations, including every chapter in the UW Greek community, have contingency, or risk management plans in place. These plans are a huge asset to presidents, and can alleviate
The newly elected 2013 chapter presidents at the President Retreat
much of the stress involved when incidences occur. Former Sigma Chi president Luke Perry explains that, “We have published crisis management plans for every type of incident, including fires, earthquakes, alcohol related events, public relations, etc.” Following these plans, presidents have specific resources that they can utilize to better manage a crisis. “Our list prioritizes who to contact first, beginning with the authorities, followed by our chapter advisors and alumni, IFC, and finally our general fraternity.” Information is the most crucial aspect
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What’s Left Until Next Quarter...
28th - Theta Xi Pancake Feed, 9 PM - 1 AM
- Chi Omega Waffle Feed, 10 PM - 12 AM - Zeta Tau Alpha Nacho Feed, 9 PM - 12 AM
3 Month of the 4 Scholar Mr. Greek 6
Meet this year’s contestants!
1st - Alpha Phi & Alpha Sigma Phi “Capture the Can” Philanthropy Ends 2nd - Kappa Alpha Theta “KATWalk” Philanthropy 4th - Pi Kappa Alpha “Dream Girl” Philanthropy Begins 5th - Pi Beta Phi Pizza “Pheed,” 10 PM
- Delta Delta Delta Pancake Feed 9 PM - 12 AM 7th - Psi Upsilon & Kappa Alpha Theta Pancake Feed, 10 PM - 1 AM - Delta Gamma Pizza Feed 8 PM - 1 AM
behalf of the Panhellenic Executive Board and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Washington, I’d like say thank you for contributing to our amazing Greek life. Our community prides itself on holding each other to higher standards through abiding by core values such as leadership, scholarship, philanthropy, and sisterhood- as stated in our Panhellenic creed. As a member of a sorority, you have become a part of a unique network of individual organizations that collectively create one unified community. Together, we have made large impacts across our campus and continue to do so through events such as Greek Week, philanthropic efforts during the All-Greek Service Week and individual chapter philanthropic events. As Greeks, we have much potential to learn and grow as leaders. I encourage you to explore leadership opportunities by utilizing campus resources in order to enhance your Greek experience. As the current Panhellenic president, it is my responsibility to serve as a resource for the Panhellenic delegates and presidents from each of the 17 National Panhellenic Conference
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n sororities. It is also my responsibility to work with with the diverse constituents of UW Student Life to positively promote sorority life on campus. Additionally, it is my role to oversee the Panhellenic Executive Board, composed of ten outstanding leaders from different chapters of our community. We strive to strengthen bonds between chapters, as well as reach out to the greater University of Washington student body. The Panhellenic Executive Board officers play an integral role in the functionality of the Greek community. This year, our goals are to challenge ourselves to promote values-based living, to create transparency through clear and frequent communication and to cultivate relationships with UW Student Life while utilizing campus resources to advance individual and chapter development. I invite you to stop by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, located in HUB 236, at any time. The Panhellenic Executive Board can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org are available year round to answer your questions. Please take some time to read this year’s first edition of the Greek Voice. I wish you the best during your Greek experience and look forward to meeting you! Best, Lauren Redman President, Panhellenic Association designed to foster a growth of brotherhood and sisterhood and to serve as conduits by which action plan could be formulated and coordinated. NPHC is comprised of 1.5 million members and is one of the largest Black international organizations in the world. These organizations have a profound commitment to providing community service and helping to uplift public welfare. NPHC organizations are unique with respect to other Greek letter organizations in that they have continuous commitment to providing community service and to uplifting/promoting the general public welfare. NPHC organization embrace the continuance of social actions, political empowerment and economic development. t has been an incredible two and a half years being a part of Greek life here at the University of Washington, and I could not be more humbled by the part you all have played in my experience. As a brother of Chi Psi fraternity and your 2013 Interfraternity Council President, I plan on leading my council and the community here towards a safe and successful year of fraternal growth. I see our organizations engaging in all aspects of University life, pushing to model themselves in a manner most fitting for fraternity gentlemen. There is nothing more rewarding than stepping into a new role and making it your own. This is an ideal that we, as selfprofessed leaders in the community, really need to embrace. We have a responsibility to take advantage of what precious little time we are blessed with as fraternity gentlemen to ensure that our chapters’ legacy continues. With an eye towards the future, I am going to push all of you to
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think critically about the letters you have all sworn to represent for a lifetime. Our council will work tirelessly to provide the resources – both intellectual and financial – to make this calendar year one to be proud of. There are a few things that our community can look forward to from our council. First, we will be collaborating with Panhellenic Council to bring our campus an Assistant Major Gifts Officer through the University. This new hire will be in charge of attracting new donations to our community with the intent of bringing endowment funds and other financial gifts to your chapters. The OFSL will also be reviving the Greek Voice newspaper, establishing the Greek Tutors as a premier academic resource, and keeping the standards high for Greek Week and Greek Preview. At the end of the day, I cannot stress enough how hard your Greek councils are working to make your experience as best as possible. It really is our effort to show gratitude for everything this community has given us. Interfraternally, Cody Saben President, Interfraternity Council
he National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is the cooperative governing body of the traditionally African American fraternities and sororities, also known as the Devine Nine, at the University of Washington. The National Pan-Hellenic Council was formed in 1930 at Howard University to serve as an umbrella organization for the eight predominant African American Fraternal Organizations. Each of these groups evolved at a time when African American were denied essential rights and services afforded others. These organizations were
United Greek C o u n c i l (UGC) was established at the University of Wash i ng ton in 2002 to promote unity and respect among multicultural Greek organizations. The UGC is a proud affiliate of the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity’s Ethnic Cultural Center and its office is located inside the Husky Union Building. Cultural appreciation is a defining Respectfully, priority for fraternities and sororities of the UGC. There are currently 12 houses Bryan Dosono recognized by the United Greek Council, President, United Greek Council which include Asian, Latino, and Queer
organizations. Membership from these houses is largely comprised of students from historically underrepresented backgrounds who seek to add value to their community and university. Although customs and lifestyles differ between traditional and nontraditional Greeks, all houses work tirelessly to instill values of leadership, service, and scholarship within their members. The UGC looks forward to working more closely alongside IFC, PHC, and NPHC to strengthen the overall Greek presence and impact at the University of Washington.
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Colony (n.) - a group of individuals with common characteristics or interests situated in close association (Webster’s Dictionary) Colonization (n.) - the act of sending settlers to a colony (Webster’s Dictionary)
Due to recent concerns over the term colonization, we would like to clarify that this term should not be confused with colonialism, which is a practice of domination, which involves the subjugation of one people to another, according to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
allory Stratton smiles across the table as she wears a statement necklace and her go-to red scarf, lighting up the HUB with excitement about her organization. Alpha Omicron Pi is back on campus and she’s ready to tell us about it. Founded on January 2, 1897 at Barnard College of Columbia, AOII has over 150,000 initiated members around the United States and Canada. The University of Washington Upsilon chapter of AOII will make a grand total of 121 active chapters and colonies in North America. With over 320 alumnae chapters, it is safe to say that AOII has made their presence known within the international Greek community. “Exceed the expectation,” AOII’s tagline, is exactly what Mallory and Team AOII hope to do. “We’re really utilizing our Team AOII franchise, branding AOII through tabling, and using the Greek Community to be ambassadors for us,” Stratton mentioned. Whether handing out AOII “swag” or gathering contact information from unaffiliated women on campus, Mallory and AOII alumnae are working tirelessly to ensure that their organization is branded as an opportunity for women to get involved with something much bigger than themselves. “Our mission statement is ‘women enriched through lifelong friendship’,” Stratton added, “and that’s just what we want people to know.” But AOII is no stranger to our campus. AOII joined UW in 1915 but Greek membership took a fall in the nineties
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and ”the AOII chapter at UW decided to surrender their charter due to low membership” Stratton noted. While other chapters’ membership took a plunge too, AOII decided to take a break from the UW. Now, coming back stronger as a national organization, these women are ready to make moves. When asked about their progress as of now, Ms. Stratton said that things are moving along comfortably, stressing that the recruitment process at this point is about putting AOII’s name and brand out there. “We are looking for quality, exceptional women for AOII,” she added, truly exuding her chapter’s motto Exceed the Expectation. This is not only just a journey for AOII but also an incredible chance to revisit the values and morals that are instilled in each member. “As a collegian I didn’t necessarily think I was going to go Greek, it was the recommendation of someone else to go through recruitment to find AOII… it’s a truly unique experience and I would love for as many women as possible to be able to have that.” And in this journey, our own community is reminded of its unique qualities. While reflecting on her past colonizing experiences with AOII on other campuses, Stratton
mentions, “I’ve noticed that a lot of chapters are over 100 years old- that’s unique and something to be proud of.” “These organizations are so rooted in their history and despite the Greek community being so large, each chapter is wonderfully helpful in the team AOII process and has reached out in some way to welcome us. Even with a large campus and community, the chapters certainly make it feel much smaller” How can we help? One thing to pride our community on is the sisterly respect between different sororities and AOII has certainly picked up on that. AOII needs “a continued camaraderie and support from the Greek community as a whole, in particular, showing support through social media and bringing forth women who would be an excellent
addition to the community as a whole and could find a home in AOII.” And that’s exactly what we’ll do as AOII joins us again, looking to “really leave [their] mark on campus.” As other AOII women come onto UW campus to help reestablish their Upsilon chapter, we can all, sorority women and fraternity men alike, welcome them with open arms and share our home. Contact Marissa firstname.lastname@example.org @mfreealoha
Welcome Back, Theta Chi
by Ashley Walls
fter diminished membership last Spring Quarter forced the UW chapter of Theta Chi to close, Theta Chi consultants Joe Macko, Scott Turk, and Matt Gillis have been working tirelessly to renew the fraternity’s presence within the Greek community. The once abandoned and boardedup brick house on 17th now serves as a temporary home for the consultants. Gillis helped establish a chapter of the fraternity on the University of Arizona campus. While Macko assisted in expanding
membership and improving the image of Theta Chi at University of Michigan- Flint; and Turk provided key leadership in the extremely successful chapter at Missouri State University. “As consultants, we enjoy giving back to students and helping them achieve success. We are here to be a benefit to the new members and prepare them for the challenging task of re-founding a fraternity. We hope to connect with and challenge these men to achieve excellence while working with them to strive for leadership
development,” Macko stated, in response to being asked what his expectations are for his consultation experience here at UW. At latest count, 22 men had accepted bids to join the fraternity, and Macko hopes to reach their goal of 30 members by the end of Winter Quarter. These men will be initiated early in Spring Quarter, and Macko and his fellow consultants will hand over the fraternity’s leadership to the new brothers. The rapid growth of the fraternity’s new membership can be attributed to the vast number of students Macko and his team are reaching out to. They presented at multiple organizations and explained their vision for the new members, sent out emails to students who had been recommended and followed up with those who showed interest. Social media provided a sense of transparency for those interested in progress in the recruitment process. The over 2,000 Theta Chi alumni in the Seattle area have provided a tremendous amount of support and stability. Their financial support has even established a scholarship that will be awarded to two members of the UW community. Upon coming to the University of Washington, Macko called the UW Greek community “a breath of fresh air.” Although slightly smaller than other campuses he has worked with, he says the community has been very welcoming, and the most unique aspect is “the tremendous amount
of assistance that has been provided by chapters and organizations alike. The Greek Community has been very welcoming… [and] we have yet to come across a single organization that has not genuinely strived to help with the re-foundation of this fraternity.” Macko hopes that there will be continued support and a warm welcome to the new members into the Greek community, and that they would like to participate in events that chapters and organizations are hosting. “We have been so lucky to already have 22 men that are passionate and dedicated to making a difference at UW. Seeing their energy and passion is more than we could ever ask for, and these men will prove to be unique and phenomenal contributing members to campus and the Greek Community,” Macko reflected. To contact Macko and the Theta Chi recruitment and consulting team, email: email@example.com. Contact Ashley Walls firstname.lastname@example.org
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The National Panhellenic Conference has designated February as Month of the Scholar. This year, Panhellenic and IFC have teamed up to select the top schola
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the fraternity member who was killed while cycling the Journey of Hope in 2000. As a sophomore, Ryan served as the IFC Vice President of Standards, working hard to ensure the safety of every member of the UW Greek community. That same year, Ryan was elected as a member of the UW Homecoming Royalty. Ryan has continually proven his success both inside and outside the classroom, and epitomizes what a fraternity gentleman and scholar should be.
ormer IFC Greek Man of the Year, Ryan has exemplified academic excellence in the Greek community. Ryan is in the honors program for Neurobiology, and has been on Dean’s list seven quarters. He currently serves as Public Relations Chairman for his chapter, and serves as a mentor and advisor to the younger members. Last year, Ryan was honored with the Todd J. Porterfield Memorial Scholarship in his chapter, which honors the memory of the memory of
Ryan Dodge Π Neurobiology ‘13 with Honors Κ Φ
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hen you think of academic excellence in the Greek community, most think of David Dever. David has maintained a 3.68 GPA while in the honors program for Bioengineering, consistently has one of the highest GPAs in his chapter, and has been on Dean’s List every quarter he has been at UW. David is also extensively involved in his chapter. He was elected Scholarship Chairman his freshman year, and was elected President the following
year. David has been honored with the Beta Theta Pi Founders’ Scholarship, which is awarded to eight active fraternity members each year. Last year, David served as the IFC Vice President of Membership Development, and implemented the Greek Tutors program that connects upperclassmen Greeks with their underclassmen peers. David also works as a research assistant in the UW Medical Center, and is currently collaborating on his first publication.
David DeverΒ Bioengineering ‘13 with Honors Θ Π 3.68
hile pursuing both business and the premedicine track, Daniel has still maintained a high level of involvement in his chapter and on campus. Despite his busy courseload, Daniel makes an effort to attend at least 15 minutes of every event his chapter holds. Daniel might spend many late nights locked in a room in Denny Hall, but he also works to spend as much time at his chapter house as he can.
Daniel is a great role model for the younger members of his chapter, working very hard in the classroom and being an active member within his chapter. Daniel serves as an officer in the American Medical Student Association, serves on his chapter’s standards board, and was chosen as a Pi Kappa Phi International Scholar for 2012.
Daniel Masin Π Business ‘15 Pre-med Κ Φ 3.67
his chapter. Despite a couple of setbacks including a knee surgery two weeks in the Summer Term, Will was able to overcome the adversity and managed to apply to the business school early. Will also serves as the exchequer (treasurer) of his chapter and tries his best to lead his chapter financially and work to lead both academically and as
recent admit into the Foster Business School, Will has worked hard to become a role model in
an active member. Will has also been on Dean’s List for two of his four quarters at the UW and his commitment to academics as well as his work to overcome a variety of academic hardships are what have earned him a spot as a Scholar of the Month for February.
Will Fantle Α Business ‘15 Ε Π
osh has gone above and beyond in his time at the University of Washington, being both a starter on the UW Rugby team and a member of Dean’s List. Josh has made a commitment to be involved in both his chapter’s scholastic efforts as well as community service and philanthropy projects. Despite a gruesome rugby injury which cost him two teeth and gave him a broken jaw, Josh has overcome and succeeded both in and out of the classroom.
Thanks to his outstanding work ethic, Josh has made the most of the opportunities afforded to him by the school and his fraternity and has worked to be create excellent study habits. Through his work ethic, Josh works to finish his work early so he has even more time to commit to the activities of his chapter. Josh is a great example to other members of his chapter and everyone in the Greek Community.
Josh RayburnF Biology ‘16 I Pre-med J 3.80 I
Stephanie Heeney Α Biology ‘14 Γ Δ
ars in the Greek community. Each chapter was given the chance to nominate one member as their scholar, and we have chosen the top five from both councils.
olla at Stephanie for being on her chapter’s executive board, always helping her sisters, and her early acceptance to the UW pharmaceutical school, being involved in multiple campus organizations while also interning! HOLLA!
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olla at Maddy for being on the Dean’s list, her nomination to the Mortar Board, working as a research assistant, always being willing to help her chapter members as well as other community members and being a programming intern at Hillel! HOLLA!
Hallie Roberts Δ Accounting ‘15 Δ Δ 3.95
olla at Hallie for keeping her GPA high while taking challenging chemistry and accounting classes, making an effort to get to know her professors, and facilitating academic events within her chapter as the academics and scholarship chair! HOLLA!
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Martha ‘13 Dickinson Biochemistry
& Medical Anthropology
olla at Martha for, as a sophomore encouraging everyone to study, helping peers with tutoring, never skipping class, getting a double degree, and volunteering in the community! HOLLA!
olla at Nikki for being a leader and role model in her chapter, being a sophomore on the her executive board, staying on the Dean’s list for all her collegiate quarters, and for staying on Kappa Delta’s top ten grades list! HOLLA!
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Charles Yi Denny Le Evan Rumpza Kyle Mack Ryan Vongminay Max Blake Delta Upsilon Theta Xi Adrian Noteboom Chi Psi Quinn Komen Theta Delta Chi Andrew Ramstad Phi Kappa Tau Brett Busch
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ach year in the Greek Community, there comes a time where the sun makes more frequent appearances, spring quarter registration rolls around, and the philanthropic spirit is in the air. On March 3rd, Alpha Gamma Delta will be hosting their annual philanthropic event, the Mr. Greek pageant. This year’s event has 19 Fraternity gentlemen participating, all representing their chapters with great honor; while fundraising for Treehouse for Kids, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children who reside in foster care. Another part of the proceeds also go to the Alpha Gamma Delta
foundation, which benefits juvenile diabetes and provides scholarships for AGDs nationwide. The pageant is judged based on the criteria of fundraising, a talent competition, a personality walk, pick-up line, and attendance to weekly meetings throughout the year. Contestant Denny Le says about the competition, “My favorite part has been fundraising and practicing singing. I want to win because I’ve been immersed in the Greek Community and loved it so far, and would love to be Mr. Greek.” Part of what makes this competition so unique is the yearlong process. These sorority women play a huge role in the success of the
pageant, giving their time in every aspect from attending the weekly meetings to working out event logistics. When asked about the most rewarding part of the whole process, Bryanda Wippel, the AGD in charge of running this year’s event says, “The most rewarding part of Mr. Greek is hard to pin down. We had the honor of going to the Treehouse warehouse to volunteer and it was a really motivating experience. It is a place where foster children are invited in to get free clothes, toys, and school supplies that are donated. These children just want to be like everyone else, and Treehouse gives them this feeling. A few of our ladies
even volunteered to help some of the foster teens get ready for various school dances.” While the pageant itself is nothing short of entertaining and showcases some incredible talent, it really does raise a large amount of money for a great cause. Last year Alpha Gamma Delta raised close to $61,000, and are hoping to increase fundraising even more this year. This is definitely a philanthropy event you will not want to miss this March.
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Capture the Can
by Jonathan Iwazaki
a castle building competition between teams, which will obviously be a little easier with more cans. The focus of the event is really about the team aspect. While it is not the loudest of philanthropy weeks, it is meant to be a little more laid back, but still fun nonetheless. Being in its inaugural year, the goal that both chapters have for the week is less about the total yield of cans and more about getting people to participate. “It would be good to see this cooperation foster a sense of community between the different chapters,” said Craig Dittmann of Alpha Sigma Phi. He also emphasized the philanthropy’s additional means of donation; time and resources, in addition to just money. Both Alpha Sigma Phi and Alpha Phi look forward to what this new philanthropy will bring going forward. Alpha Phi Philanthropy chair Kathryn Shimer commented that she wants to see the Greek community come together for a local cause more often. “Greek Week seems to be the only time that everyone really comes together.” “Capture the Can” will look forward to becoming a regular tradition, especially if it is a hit. The event kicked off Monday, and continues through the rest of the week. Money, food, and proceeds go to benefit the University District Food Bank. Contact Johnathan firstname.lastname@example.org @joniwo130
Roses for Reisfeld
by Kimberly Downing
raternity and sorority philanthropy events have become a natural aspect of Greek life at the University of Washington. Many of these philanthropies are derived from similar formulas; traditionally they are a week long string of activities. These ensure the school year is ripe with competitive sports tournaments, synchronized dances, comedic skits, and the occasional pageant show, all of which benefit a wide variety of charities. The events all aim to entertain, and it’s hard to not have fun “pie-ing” someone in the face for a small donation. At the same time, many chapters have probably taken a hit from all of the individual late-night dessert and pizza feeds sprinkled throughout the calendar. There is however strength in partnership, which is what makes Alpha Sigma Phi and Alpha Phi’s newest philanthropy endeavor such a refreshing change of pace. The chapters call the joint effort “Capture the Can”, and believe that it can be the spark that jump starts more group philanthropy attempts of a similar nature. In fact, the idea was inspired by another joint philanthropy put on by the WSU Alpha Phi chapter and some more of our good ol’ friends in Pullman. “Capture the Can” will have participating fraternities and sororities teaming up with each other to collect canned food items throughout the week, in addition to also competing against other teams in capture the flag. The week will close with
hroughout the days of February 12th through February 14th, Ms. Greek candidate Lauren Reisfeld answered the prayers of procrastinating boyfriends throughout the Greek system by starting a charitable event to raise money for her Ms. Greek Fund. Reisfeld decided to host an event at Kappa Delta titled Roses for Reisfeld which gave men the opportunity to come and buy chocolate roses for their sweethearts on Valentine’s Day. All of the profits, totaling a successful three hundred and fifty dollars, were donated to the Delta Tau Delta Ms. Greek philanthropy which raises money for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research. When asked why she decided to choose such an interesting method of fundraising, Lauren responded, saying; “This was a great fundraising idea because not only were you donating towards a worthy cause, but what you spent went towards making someone’s day a little brighter.” And indeed it did. One particular customer Brian Kim generously sent multiple roses to one lucky lady. As if that was not sweet enough, he handed back two extra roses which he had purchased, saying to Lauren; “Can you please hand
Kimberly Downing Lauren Reisfeld and her Kappa Delta sisters these to any girls who look particularly sad on Valentine’s Day?” When asked why he chose to do this random act of kindness, he said; “hopefully this will help make somebody smile.” While the 14th of February is often a dreaded holiday for some, Lauren was able to use this event as an opportunity to give back to the community, as well as bring a smile to many faces on campus. Contact Kimberly email@example.com @kimdowning17
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Communities Huskies Bark Against Budget Cuts
Thursday, February 28, 2013
by Amber Amin
t seems almost ironic that at a time where a college education is more crucial than ever to ensuring a stable and successful career path, college tuition has also sky-rocketed to an all-time high. Last year alone, tuition increased 20% according to the Seattle Times. High-demand fields such as STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and business suffer the most due to hefty proposed tuition increases for these select majors. With tuition on the rise and the proposition of differential tuition on the table, middle class families with limited scholarship opportunities are left with only one state-provided option to make higher education ASUW Senate members listen to deliberation over a affordable. of approximately 150 UW students The GET (Guaranteed Education traveled to Olympia for the day to raise Tuition) prepaid tuition program, these questions to legislators through which 4,521 UW students currently rely the ASUW Office of Governmental upon, is in jeopardy due to a proposed Relations’ annual event, Huskies on the termination. If educating today’s Hill Lobby Day. While every student has students is the most crucial component been uniquely affected by rising tuition, to evolving tomorrow’s society, why does the message remained unanimously state funding for education continue to consistent; students and universities decline? need increased state higher education On Friday, February 15th, a group funding.
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even more of a sensation, which in turn is sure to lead to terrible amounts of gridlock traffic. A pro tip, if coming from Seattle, is to take Highway 2 and swing a right at Quincy; you’ll avoid the Interstate 90 gridlock and the scenery is gorgeous. H o w e v e r , The Gorge music venue all this sun and gorgeous scenery can overstay its welcome if you do not come prepared to be under the relentless sun for four days straight. Missing your favorite artist performing is not an option, but going from performance to performance all day long could lead to dehydration and a nasty sunburn. Veteran Sasquatch! attendees emphasize the need to come prepared for the weather with plenty of water, sunblock and some sort of shade so that your experience can be a positive and enjoyable one. Watershed Music Festival is a similar experience to Sasquatch! with a different flare to the atmosphere due to the type of people attending. You are less likely to have to worry about that cheek sunburn if you don a cowboy hat! From August 2nd – 4th, the Gorge will be crammed with country lovers from all around sporting there favorite hats and boots to enjoy a versatile lineup of artists,
Student lobbyists met with members of the Washington state Senate and House of Representatives to advocate for affordable and predictable tuition, new revenue dedicated to higher education, the preservation of the GET program, increased state financial aid program funding, the repeal of differential tuition, the creation of student advisory committees to university administrators, the creation of and Online Transfer and
Student Advising System and legislation to increase college-age voter turn-out. On this same day, student voice was heard as lobbyers witnessed an immense triumph in the House of Representatives with the passage of House Bill 1043 to limit university authority to implement differential tuition, with a landslide vote of 95 to 1. Representative Gael Tarleton of the House Higher Education Committee shared in the victory and urged students to continue the fight, claiming “Higher education is the best investment you can make for yourself.” The success of Lobby Day testifies to the power the presence of a group of dedicated individuals can have in affecting change. Although many organizations and lobbyists push for the restoration of funding to the public education system, legislators commonly echoed the sentiment that nothing is quite as compelling to them as the individual voices of the students themselves. Huskies, keep advocating and telling your stories. In the words of Representative Frank Chopp, “I want you to go and emphasize things that appeal to people’s guts, not just their minds... and keep alive the hope for equal opportunity for all.” Contact Amber email@example.com
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he sun is slowly starting to break winter’s hold over Washington, and that can only mean one thing: concert season at the Gorge Amphitheatre. Being a host to big name performers like The Who, David Bowie, Coldplay, Tom Petty, Dave Matthews Band and Pearl Jam, this venue is considered one of the best and most scenic concert locations in the world. With it’s majestic views of the Columbia River and Cascade Range foothills, the Gorge was the perfect setting for Brooks & Dunn’s “Only in America” video shooting and is now an excellent host location for popular music festivals such as Sasquatch! Music Festival and Watershed Music Festival. If you’re like many other students and only have the funds to attend one spectacular weekend at the Gorge, then this article will hopefully help you make your final decision on which to attend. Any venue at the Gorge is astonishing, but there are always the pros and cons to every event that could either make or break your choice of what concert atmosphere you are looking for during your Gorge experience. The already sold out Sasquatch! Music Festival will be held Memorial Day Weekend from May 24th – May 27th. With an emphasis on indie rock bands and singer-songwriters, Sasquatch! also features alternative rock, hip-hop and comedy acts, making it a well rounded experience for people of all musical tastes. And of course there is a bit of Seattle pride this year with performances by Macklemore! This addition is sure to make the already popular concert
by Sarah Berkes
during Sasquatch! Music Festifal last year
camping, late night sets, impromptu jam sessions, collaborations and more. The three-day festival passes start at only $90 and go on sale Saturday, May 5th at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. The Gorge, a truly magical place, provides the perfect setting for a cool, eclectic country event. This years featured Watershed artists haven’t been relieved yet but are sure to be ones that keep the country spirit alive all weekend long. If you are not a huge country fan, attending Watershed may not be as diverse a choice as Sasquatch! is with its different showcase of music types. However, if you are a die-hard country fan, then attending Watershed in the midst of the Gorge will be like a country heaven-on-earth for a lovely three day experience. Contact Sarah firstname.lastname@example.org
when dealing with a crisis, and making sure all members know how to respond to a situation can be pivotal. “All of our members are given a copy of our crisis management plan,” Perry explains, “but our highest ranking executive officer is responsible for implementing that plan.” Risk incidences are not only exclusive to fraternities, with many sororities dealing with issues surrounding the release of the “no booze, no boys” clause during recruitment and bid week. Mariah Doll, former president of Sigma Kappa states that, “after the conclusion of bid week, we sometimes transition from normal dayto-day operations to crisis management mode.” When dealing with these incidences, a president must always be aware of the privacy of their members. “Personally, I have had to handle situations such as a member falling and hitting her head, and then having to escort her to the hospital,” Doll explains. “Your first reaction is to call the member’s parents to come help, however our members are adults, and have the right to keep information about such events private. As a president, you must respect the rights of your fellow adults.” As a Greek community, we feel the effects of risk incidences, and in that regard, we have the responsibility to support our fellow fraternity and sorority peers. Since the majority of responsibility for these incidences lies with the chapter president, it should be our duty as members to control our actions in order to prevent them. Accidents happen, and risk will always be a factor in our community, but in hindsight to these events, we owe it to our elected leaders to remember our values and act accordingly. Contact Luke email@example.com @lukepicking
While this is the 24th edition of The Greek Voice, not all issues have been in print. We are excited to be back in the UW Greek Community!
Greek community. Our organizations all individually provide an incredible member experience and influence our campus; the Greek Voice strives to share that within our own neighborhood while also allowing a positive representation of our community to be seen by campus leaders, administration, and constituents. The Greek Voice staff is taking our work as an incredible opportunity to remind our members of the values of the community and importance of sharing those morals with the public. We know you are all doing big things here on campus and we would like to be considered as an outlet for sharing your successes and lessons learned. Our goal is to also shed light on newsworthy situations that occur within our community; we strive to keep you informed on the realities of our community’s happenings. We are excited to collaborate with the United Greek Council and the National PanHellenic Council to share what is going with their organizations. Our Greek Community is made up of all four of the Greek councils on campus and we are looking forward to keeping each other up to date with all of our news, events, and successes. The Greek Voice staff has worked tirelessly to guarantee that our members and the outside community are aware of the morals and values that we live by on a day-to-day basis. With every issue we will strive to exude the high standard we set ourselves too. We will continue to grow and build the Greek Voice as a publication and are excited to continue sharing updates with our readers. Keep your eyes open for more issues to come! Sincerely & Interfraternally, Marissa Freeman Vice Presient of Public Relations Panhellenic Association Luke Picking Vice President of Public Relations Interfraternity Council
hank you for reading The Greek Voice! We are so excited to present this issue to you! While The Greek Voice is nothing new to our community, we have worked to give this publication a facelift and hope that you appreciate the hard work that has gone
into ensuring that our community is well informed and properly represented. The Greek Voice is fully run and supported by the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Association in hopes of providing an educated and respectful publication and perspective of the
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Ross Zeiger ‘14
Marina Taylor ‘15 Sarah Berkes ‘15
Desiree Schatz ‘16
Amber Amin ‘15
Erik Engstrom ‘16
Jonathan Iwazaki ‘15
Katherine Beuche ‘15 Laurel Rice ‘15
Mollie Swan ‘16
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Ashley Walls ‘16
Tanner Verhey ‘15
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