Review of Bloomsburg University’s Greek life

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BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- With all the national attention in recent months on college fraternities and sororities, one local university decided it was time for a review.

That review generally found good news, but it also found some things that need to be changed.

With 13 fraternities and 11 sororities, Greek life has welcomes all walks of life at Bloomsburg University. With a steady increase of students joining each year, the administration felt it was time to review its policies.

“We want to make sure that it’s the best experience possible for all of our students,” said Dione Somerville, vice president of student affairs.

An outside agency interviewed 73 students and non-students, and came up with 13 recommendations.

On the plus side the report says the men and women in the Greek houses do a good job managing their programs, are active in the community, and provide students a chance at leadership.

“There are definitely some challenges we need to address,” said Somerville.

“The study that came out showed that our grades may have been a little lower than the university average and that’s something we can fix,” said Christian Marks of Pi Lambda Phi.

The report also revealed other challenges the students face including: reviewing how they recruit students and work with alumni; and those in the Greek system need to get out more.

“We do kind of stay in a bubble sometimes with our Greek life community,” said Maggie Farrer of Phi Sigma Sigma. “We are a very, very tight-knit group of women and men and I think that we can get a little more involved with other organizations on campus.

Something that the students look forward to every year is Block Party. But according to the assessment, that’s also something that needs to be worked on essentially because of the large crowds who attend and the mess they leave behind.

“We actually work hand in hand with the chief of police, with the constables, with everybody in the town to try and have a block party clean up afterwards,” said Mark.

The challenge now is turning a recommendation into reality.

The school says they’re also in search of new leadership for the oversight council for the school year starting next fall.

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