Greek Life update
New Director of Greek Life Lester “LC” Coghill began his duties on Jan. 2. In just a few short months, he has established a process to gather complete information for chapter rosters for the 52 recognized fraternities and sororities on campus, and continues to meet regularly with chapter and council leadership. A scholarship fund was also created to help chapters send members to their regional/national conferences/conventions.
The campus received the report from the Fraternity and Sorority Assessment Coalition, which visited last fall at the request of the campus to review the status of Greek life at Binghamton. Two forums were held to gather feedback on the coalition’s report – the first for chapter and council leadership and the second open to the entire campus. The forums were facilitated by the Greek Life Review Team, which is charged with making recommendations to Vice President Brian Rose about which coalition recommendations should be implemented.
The Office of Greek Life is closely monitoring recruitment/new member intake, which started in February and concludes Saturday, April 13. Later in April, a Greek Weekend is being planned with the help of students.
A Leadership Summit was held Saturday, March 9, for all Greek organizations. The following week, new member meetings were held to help move the community forward and educate the new members on the roles they play in their chapters. The new member meetings covered the issue of hazing and reinforced where students can go for help if they suspect or experience hazing at any level.
There are 52 recognized chapters on campus, and several that are currently not recognized, including Zeta Beta Tau, Alpha Chi Rho, Alpha Phi, Alpha Xi Delta (or Xi Xi Xi), Kappa Sigma, Alpha Epsilon Pi (APES) and Sigma Alpha Mu (SAMMY).