IFC switches to off-campus parties during spring rush

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first_imgFraternities affiliated with the Interfraternity Council celebrated their new pledge classes by holding off-campus parties Saturday night, a change from hosting parties on The Row.The new bid night rules come as a university decision to enforce a moratorium on fraternity parties until after the rushing process is over, in hopes of improving the Greek system’s image and reducing safety risks and costs.Though the new regulations affected the usual rush process, IFC President Ofek Lavian said the new policy attracts more noble pledges.“On one hand, less kids might have known about or been excited about rush because there weren’t any pre-rush parties,” Lavian said. “However, on the contrary, I think that there were more kids coming out for the right reasons and joining a house for the brotherhood, rather than for that one crazy night they had at a party.”Leaders in individual fraternities were also optimistic about the new rules. Lambda Chi Alpha President Ryan Kerr said the lack of parties ensured event attendees during rush were serious about joining fraternities.“I honestly think the entire rush process ran better without the pre-rush parties,” Kerr said. “Those parties encouraged guys who had no plans to rush to crash parties, which sometimes caused them to get out of hand. We still ended up with a great pledge class and were still able to have a great bid night for them.”Bids were sent out electronically  Saturday, and those who accepted a bid participated in bid night events later that night. Historically, fraternities have hosted large parties to celebrate the new pledge classes and the end of the moratorium. But because new university rules prohibit bid-night parties on The Row, fraternities threw off-campus events.“In terms of bid night, I think that at first, people don’t like change,” Lavian said. “But I think it’s getting to be more interesting — parties are something we do all of the time, and so having a party on bid night is not very special. Now, frats have to think about how to make bid night special and how to do something different.”Not all Greeks were thrilled about the new regulations preventing them from partying during the first two weeks of school. Sarah Brooks, a sophomore majoring in human biology and a member of the Delta Gamma sorority, said the cancellation of pre-rush parties not only affected the fraternity rush process, but the entire Greek community as a whole.“It’s really unfortunate that the university decided to cancel pre-rush parties, because they’re a fun way to kick off the new semester and see everyone again before getting back to the grind of the school year,” Brooks said. “Plus, it helps the guys going through rush to see what a typical night at that house is like, and girls have a chance to meet the potential new fraternity members.”Greek leaders agree that the new terms can help improve relations between the university and the Greek system. Sigma Chi Vice President Hayden Wolf said that Greek leaders want to cooperate with the university in hopes of regaining some of its privileges.“We want to have normal social privileges before rush, but we are also willing to compromise with the university by not throwing the blowout type of events the pre-rush used to be known for,” Wolf said. “I think the new IFC administration will allow for the Greek system to regain some of its past liberties by focusing on individual houses rather than allowing the entire Greek system to be punished by the university.”The Dept. of Public Safety tracks and monitors the number of students transported to the hospital as a result of toxic levels of alcohol consumption, according to DPS Capt.  David Carlisle. Over the weekend, significantly fewer students were transported to the hospital than during rush in the Fall 2012 semester, according to Carlisle, though it’s unclear whether that was because of the new policy.“During fall semester we had 86 alcohol transports,” Carlisle said. “During this weekend we had one, but I don’t know if that is completely related to the cancellation of bid night.”In this academic year, the number of alcohol-related hospital transports is the same as the total number of students taken to the hospital throughout the entire 2011-12 academic year.Lavian, for one, felt the significant decrease in alcohol incidents made the rush process much smoother.“The lack of incidents during rush is actually one of the biggest triumphs that this Greek system and IFC board has seen,” Lavian said. “That’s something we can all be proud of.”last_img read more


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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 9, 2017 at 9:42 pm After winning two straight Atlantic Coast Conference games at home, Syracuse (10-6, 2-1 ACC) heads back on the road to take on Virginia Tech (12-3, 1-2). The Orange lost its only previous road game in conference play, an 96-81 beatdown against Boston College. Virginia Tech is coming off a 93-78 loss at Florida State on Saturday.Here’s what our beat writers think will happen on Tuesday night.Connor Grossman (8-8)Buzz cutVirginia Tech 72, Syracuse 70After barely edging North Florida on Dec. 3, Jim Boeheim said he’d play only five guys if that’s what he had to do. It took him about a month to reach that point, but it’s here. SU is essentially down to a rotation of six. It’s worked thus far, but I’m not willing to believe (yet) that Syracuse has suddenly deviated from the dysfunction that plagued it throughout the nonconference slate. Virginia Tech is truly a team with depth — five players averaging 10 or more points, six players averaging 20-plus minutes — and the Hokies are going to engage SU in a close match on Tuesday. It’s going to leave the Orange still seeking that elusive road win.Matt Schneidman (9-7)Buzz killSyracuse 71, Virginia Tech 60AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Hokies are desperate for a conference win after losing two straight following a double-digit win against Duke while Grayson Allen served his one-game suspension. But this Syracuse team is clicking on both ends of the court, and the Orange is finding other avenues of offense aside from Andrew White and Tyler Lydon. That spells doom for Virginia Tech, a team that has allowed an average of 98.5 points per game in the last two contests. And oh, Boeheim has his team playing some pretty decent defense these days, too.Paul Schwedelson (10-6)To infinity and beyondSyracuse 76, Virginia Tech 72Syracuse is playing its best basketball of the season and the team most people envisioned at the start of the season (albeit with a much smaller rotation) is beginning to emerge. The Orange needs to steal a road win before traveling to take on North Carolina and Notre Dame next week. A win in Blacksburg is much more likely that against those other two teams. Buzz Williams’ Hokies are reeling after two losses by a combined 41 points. It’s a perfect storm for SU and the Orange must blast off while it has the chance.center_img Commentslast_img read more


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first_imgLondon best pest control According to a HuffPost investigation, two Marines, an Army physician, an Air Force member, a member of the Texas National Guard and two Army ROTC cadets are members of Identity Evropa – a group listed as extremist by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center.Identity Evropa members chat on a server on the Discord app, which is popular among the “alt-right.” The complete contents of that server were published last week by independent media collective Unicorn Riot, exposing identifying information of dozens of group members.HuffPost’s research discovered that the seven military members express deeply racist and anti-Semitic views and participate in Evropa propaganda activities on college campuses and city streets. Identify Evropa – which claims to have hundreds of members – was created by an ex-Marine and played a main role in organizing the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.The Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Texas National Guard confirmed that the men identified by HuffPost are active service members. The military said it is investigating the men’s alleged links to Evropa and whether they have violated rules on extremist activity and discrimination. Several of the names on the list are already under investigation on similar charges, the military said.According to the information provided by HuffPost, the chats include racial slurs against Black Americans and Jews, including jokes about the Nazi Holocaust. The men shared photos of Evropa propaganda materials they posted on college campus and in the cities where they were stationed across the United States. Several of the servicemen have had overseas deployments, including to Afghanistan and Kosovo.One of the members, identified by the Air Force as Airman First Class (E-3) Dannion Phillips, is currently stationed at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. During his previous station at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, he posted photos of Evropa stickers that he put up around Oklahoma City in October.HuffPost was not able to reach Phillips for comment.The expose comes just days after an Australian-born white supremacist carried out terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 Muslim worshipers.While the attacks drew widespread condemnation, some anti-Muslim people mocked the massacre or sought to excuse the white terrorist’s atrocities.One U.S. Marine, identified by Twitter users as Erik Rijos, posted a video on his Instagram story following the attack playing Foster the People’s song “Pumped Up Kicks,” in which a gunman tells his victims to run “faster than my bullet” and “outrun my gun.”“My boi (sic) said this for the people of the New Zealand mosque,” Rijos wrote on Instagram.The presence of white nationalists in the U.S. armed forces has become an issue of growing concern, especially as commander in chief Donald Trump refuses to take a strong stance against far-right terror attacks.When asked on Friday if he sees a global rise of white nationalism, Trump told reporters: “I don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess.”Brenton Tarrant, the 28-year-old Australian terrorist responsible for Friday’s terror attacks, wrote in his 74-page-long “manifesto” that he sees Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”Last month, U.S. authorities arrested white nationalist Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Hasson who was allegedly stockpiling weapons to carrying out a massacre of leftists and reporters as part of a plot to establish a “white homeland.”Last year, ProPublica and “Frontline” published multiple investigative reports that exposed the presence of several neo-Nazi extremist group members in the U.S. armed forces.A Military Times poll conducted in 2017 found that almost 25 percent of U.S. troops said they knew of white nationalists in their ranks. The survey found the 30 percent of the service members said they viewed white nationalism as a greater threat to national security than conflicts in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. Seven current members of the U.S. armed forces, including an Air Force member stationed at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, have been linked to a white nationalist group based on leaked chat logs, a report published Sunday said.last_img read more