Phi Gamma Delta lifted from social pause
Phi Gamma Delta, or FIJI, was lifted from the Interfraternity Council (IFC) social 'pause' Tuesday.
After 12 of the fraternities were lifted from the ban Wednesday, FIJI remained on 'pause' because a percentage of its members didn’t complete the alcohol or bystander intervention training.
There wasn’t a set deadline for the chapter to complete the training, but Director of Greek Life Kari Murphy said FIJI hosted two workshops last week.
“We wanted to make sure that men were educated in the community, and they needed a little extra time to do that,” Murphy said.
Despite FIJI not completing the requirements of the letter before Wednesday, Murphy said 12 of the fraternities were lifted from the ban because each fraternity was evaluated on a chapter-by-chapter basis.
In order to continue the education presented during the pause, the Office of Greek Life will send three Greek Peer Advocates to the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values conference Thursday.
The conference, Murphy said, is something representatives from IFC, the Panhellenic Association (PHA) and the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) have attended for years; however, this is the first year Greek Peer Advocates have been able to attend.
“I hope certainly with the Panhellenic and NPHC students who are attending that they will engage deeper in the conversations, having not been required to attend those trainings, but really think about how they can institutionalize some of that within the Greek community,” Murphy said.
Destiny Cherry, director of logistics for Greek Peer Advocates, said she wants to bring back new ideas to Greek Peer Advocates
“I’m hoping for some new ideas because a lot of people have heard the talk of consent and bystander intervention, a lot of times, and it's getting kind of repetitive and kind of boring,” said Cherry, who is in Kappa Delta. “So, as the Greek Peer Advocate executive team, we’ve come up with some new ideas for this upcoming semester. When we do a training on things, we want to talk about toxic masculinity and maybe slut shaming and social media.”
The conference will end on Sunday, with a closing session beginning at 9 a.m.