Only a month into the semester, the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council hosted a meeting of all the greek leaders on campus. Each fraternity and sorority president and pledge educator met with the IFC and Panhel executive boards and Greek Dean Matthew Hunt to discuss chapter goals for the coming year, leadership strategies, and the issue of hazing at RPI.
The presidents of the fraternities and sororities, with the IFC and Panhel Council members, met with Catherin Persoon from the Archer Center for Student
Leadership Development. The different styles of leadership that exist amongst students on campus were discussed. The presidents came up with a list of goals for the upcoming year, including goals for their own chapters and for relations with both other greek organizations and the campus as a whole.
The new pledge educators met with Hunt to discuss the issue of hazing on our campus. With greek organizations, hazing is essentially the elephant in the room. Unfortunately, this issue is not unique to greek organizations, just commonly considered widespread in them. Troy Melendez gave a talk on how the bystander effect applies to this issue in greek organizations. IFC and Panhel want to facilitate a push to help fix the problem of hazing, not only in greek organizations but in all groups on campus.