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'''Fraternities and sororities''' are fraternal social organizations of college students. Many of these organizations are located in brownstones in and around [[frat row]].
 
'''Fraternities and sororities''' are fraternal social organizations of college students. Many of these organizations are located in brownstones in and around [[frat row]].
  
The Columbia University Greek community is comprised of 11 fraternities in the [[Interfraternity Council]] (IFC); six fraternities and six sororities in the [[Multicultural Greek Council]] (MGC); and five sororities in the [[Panhellenic Council]] (NPC).
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[[File:Glpop.jpg|thumb|A chart of Greek life's growth, published in ''[[The Blue and White]]'']]
  
The [[Inter Greek Council]] (IGC) oversees these 28 fraternities and sororities.
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Columbia traditionally had a very low-profile frat scene, with Greek life playing relatively little role in student life, with participation hovering around 10%. Since [[2006]], however, participation has exploded and nearly doubled to closer to 20%<ref>https://twitter.com/blueandwhitemag/status/335442466767523840</ref>.
  
Columbia Greek organizations are primarily focused on '''service and philanthropy'''. Each chapter holds philanthropy events every semester and requires members to participate in a variety of community service and educational events. The Columbia Greek Life website details information on every chapter's [http://blogs.cuit.columbia.edu/cugreeklife/service-3/ service and philanthropy work].
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This has perhaps been the outcome of Columbia's alleged "[[War on Fun]]." There is of course a delicious irony here, in that Columbia has consciously killed off its dorm social scene in favor of a fraternity social scene. The increasingly expensive/lame bar scene in [[Morningside Heights]] and increased [[NYPD]] crackdowns on underage drinking, once rare, might also have something to do with the trend.
  
All chapters must meet the "[[ALPHA Standards of Excellence]]” each semester. ALPHA Standards are instituted by the university to uphold and promote community standards of philanthropy, service, and fraternal development. The ongoing recognition of Columbia fraternities and sororities depends on their meeting or exceeding the requirements of these standards. Examples of ALPHA Standards include organizing large-scale philanthropy events, holding educational workshops, and organizing leadership development programs.
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Since 2012, the [[Inter-Greek Council]] has released annual reports detailing achievements in academics, philanthropy, and charity work.<ref>http://www.studentaffairs.columbia.edu/sites/dsa/files/forms/Archigos.SP2012.pdf</ref><ref>http://www.studentaffairs.columbia.edu/sites/dsa/files/forms/Archigos%20Spring%202013.pdf</ref>
 
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To learn about joining a Greek organization, students can refer to the [http://blogs.cuit.columbia.edu/cugreeklife/join-the-community/ "Go Greek"] section of the [[Inter-Greek Council]]'s website, which lists [http://blogs.cuit.columbia.edu/cugreeklife/join-the-community/ recruitment information] for all 28 Greek organizations.
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Greek organizations regularly hold philanthropy and service events that are open to the Columbia community. The IGC lists upcoming Greek events that are open to all Columbia students in the [http://blogs.cuit.columbia.edu/cugreeklife/announcements-events/ "Announcements and Events"]  section of the [http://blogs.cuit.columbia.edu/cugreeklife/ Columbia Greek Life website]. The section is updated every Friday with Greek life announcements and upcoming events for the week. The IGC encourages all members of the community to participate in these events.
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== List of Fraternities and Sororities ==
 
== List of Fraternities and Sororities ==
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==Columbia-Barnard Arrangements==
 
==Columbia-Barnard Arrangements==
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[[Barnard College|Barnard]] did not formally recognize any Greek organizations, with the [[SGA]] claiming that the "discriminatory" admissions policies and membership dues requirements place Greek organizations at odd with Barnard's student government charter, until 2010
  
 
Barnard students have historically joined Columbia chapters of sororities. As a result of the boom in Greek life popularity, the [[Intergreek Council]] approached [[SGA]] to seek formal recognition. When SGA demurred, [[CCSC]], [[ESC]], and [[GSSC]] pressured Barnard's SGA to repeal their decision.  In the end, a compromise was reached wherein SGA would fund a lump sum to Greek life (roughly $1000, which represents about 10% of the [[IGC]] budget).  However, this situation is still considered unsatisfactory by many in CC and SEAS, since a disproportionate amount of their student life fees are going to support Barnard students in sororities.
 
Barnard students have historically joined Columbia chapters of sororities. As a result of the boom in Greek life popularity, the [[Intergreek Council]] approached [[SGA]] to seek formal recognition. When SGA demurred, [[CCSC]], [[ESC]], and [[GSSC]] pressured Barnard's SGA to repeal their decision.  In the end, a compromise was reached wherein SGA would fund a lump sum to Greek life (roughly $1000, which represents about 10% of the [[IGC]] budget).  However, this situation is still considered unsatisfactory by many in CC and SEAS, since a disproportionate amount of their student life fees are going to support Barnard students in sororities.
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
* [http://blogs.cuit.columbia.edu/cugreeklife/ Columbia Greek Life Website]
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* [http://www.columbiaspectator.com/2009/12/09/new-alcohol-policy-pleases-columbia-s-greeks New alcohol policy pleases Columbia’s Greeks], Columbia Spectator, 9 December 2009
* [http://columbialion.com/blog/greek-life-does-good-things-around-campus/ Weekly newsletter shows that Greek life does good things around campus, ''The Columbia Lion'', 28 February 2014]
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* [http://www.columbiaspectator.com/2010/03/01/greek-life-interest-booms Greek life interest booms], Columbia Spectator, 1 March 2010
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* [http://www.columbiaspectator.com/2010/04/06/no-new-recognition-greek-life-bc No new recognition for Greek life at BC], Columbia Spectator, 6 April 2010
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* [http://www.columbiaspectator.com/2010/04/26/greek-life-considers-bc-participation-cap Greek life considers BC participation cap], Columbia Spectator, 26 April 2010
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* [http://www.columbiaspectator.com/2010/04/27/barnard-funding-sororities-not-recognition Barnard funding for sororities, but not recognition], Columbia Spectator, 27 April 2010
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* [http://bwog.net/2010/06/20/fcu-makes-it-rain F@CU Makes It Rain], Bwog, 20 June 2010 - See especially discussion in comments about the politicking between the Columbia student councils and Barnard SGA over funding and student participation in Greek Life.
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==

Revision as of 08:29, 12 March 2014

The brothers of Sigma Chi
See also Wikipedia's article about "Fraternities and sororities".

Fraternities and sororities are fraternal social organizations of college students. Many of these organizations are located in brownstones in and around frat row.

A chart of Greek life's growth, published in The Blue and White

Columbia traditionally had a very low-profile frat scene, with Greek life playing relatively little role in student life, with participation hovering around 10%. Since 2006, however, participation has exploded and nearly doubled to closer to 20%[1].

This has perhaps been the outcome of Columbia's alleged "War on Fun." There is of course a delicious irony here, in that Columbia has consciously killed off its dorm social scene in favor of a fraternity social scene. The increasingly expensive/lame bar scene in Morningside Heights and increased NYPD crackdowns on underage drinking, once rare, might also have something to do with the trend.

Since 2012, the Inter-Greek Council has released annual reports detailing achievements in academics, philanthropy, and charity work.[2][3]

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List of Fraternities and Sororities

Organization Type Chapter Designation Year Founded Governing Board National Association Location Notes
Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity Interfraternity Council North-American Interfraternity Conference
Beta Theta Pi Fraternity Interfraternity Council North-American Interfraternity Conference
Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity Interfraternity Council North-American Interfraternity Conference
Kappa Delta Rho Fraternity Interfraternity Council North-American Interfraternity Conference
Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity Interfraternity Council North-American Interfraternity Conference
Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Interfraternity Council North-American Interfraternity Conference
Psi Upsilon Fraternity Interfraternity Council North-American Interfraternity Conference
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity New York Mu 1895 Interfraternity Council North-American Interfraternity Conference None Active 1895-1961 Reformed as a colony in 2012
Sigma Chi Fraternity Nu Nu 1894 Interfraternity Council North-American Interfraternity Conference 523 West 113th Street Active 1894-1964; 1984-present
Sigma Nu Fraternity Interfraternity Council North-American Interfraternity Conference
Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity Interfraternity Council North-American Interfraternity Conference
Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity Interfraternity Council North-American Interfraternity Conference
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Multicultural Greek Council National Pan-Hellenic Council Organizations
Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity Multicultural Greek Council National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Association Organizations
Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity Multicultural Greek Council National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations
Pi Delta Psi Fraternity Multicultural Greek Council National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Association Organizations/North-American Interfraternity Conference
Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity Multicultural Greek Council North-American Interfraternity Conference
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Multicultural Greek Council National Pan-Hellenic Council Organizations
Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority Multicultural Greek Council National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Association Organizations
Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Multicultural Greek Council National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations
Sigma Iota Alpha Sorority Multicultural Greek Council National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations
Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority Multicultural Greek Council National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations
Omega Phi Beta Sorority Multicultural Greek Council National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations
Alpha Chi Omega Sorority Panhellenic Council Panhellenic Conference
Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority Panhellenic Council Panhellenic Conference
Delta Gamma Sorority Panhellenic Council Panhellenic Conference
Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority Panhellenic Council Panhellenic Conference
Sigma Delta Tau Sorority Panhellenic Council Panhellenic Conference
Gamma Phi Beta Sorority Panhellenic Council Panhellenic Conference Approved for opening in 2015.
Alpha Delta Phi Co-Ed Society N/A 1836 Interfraternity Council North-American Interfraternity Conference 526 West 114th Street Active 1836-1840; 1881-present. No longer affiliated with Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity as of 1992

List of Inactive and Unrecognized Greek Organizations

Organization Type Chapter Designation Year Founded Governing Board National Association Location Notes
Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity Inactive
Beta Sigma Rho Fraternity Inactive
Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity Inactive
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity National Pan-Hellenic Council Organizations Inactive
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity National Pan-Hellenic Council Organizations Inactive
Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity Inactive
Delta Phi Fraternity Inactive
Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity Inactive
Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity Inactive
Delta Upsilon Fraternity Inactive
Delta Chi Fraternity Inactive
Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity New York Gamma 1872 N/A N/A Inactive. Active 1872-1876; 1892-1991
Phi Delta Theta Fraternity N/A 1884 N/A N/A 565 West 113th Street[4] Inactive
Theta Nu Xi Sorority Chi 2004 Inactive
Zeta Psi Fraternity Alpha 1879 Inactive since 2009
Alpha Kappa Psi Co-Ed Professional Fraternity Unrecognized by the University
St. Anthony Hall/Delta Psi Fraternity Unrecognized by the University
Theta Tau Co-Ed Professional Fraternity Unrecognized by the University
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority National Pan-Hellenic Council Organizations Inactive/Unrecognized by the University

Columbia-Barnard Arrangements

Barnard did not formally recognize any Greek organizations, with the SGA claiming that the "discriminatory" admissions policies and membership dues requirements place Greek organizations at odd with Barnard's student government charter, until 2010

Barnard students have historically joined Columbia chapters of sororities. As a result of the boom in Greek life popularity, the Intergreek Council approached SGA to seek formal recognition. When SGA demurred, CCSC, ESC, and GSSC pressured Barnard's SGA to repeal their decision. In the end, a compromise was reached wherein SGA would fund a lump sum to Greek life (roughly $1000, which represents about 10% of the IGC budget). However, this situation is still considered unsatisfactory by many in CC and SEAS, since a disproportionate amount of their student life fees are going to support Barnard students in sororities.

External links

References

  1. https://twitter.com/blueandwhitemag/status/335442466767523840
  2. http://www.studentaffairs.columbia.edu/sites/dsa/files/forms/Archigos.SP2012.pdf
  3. http://www.studentaffairs.columbia.edu/sites/dsa/files/forms/Archigos%20Spring%202013.pdf
  4. Later occupied by Sigma Chi. The building was eventually knocked down to make way for Broadway Residence Hall, but its facade was preserved. It still has the Sigma Chi greek letters on the outside.
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