Wednesday's University Council meeting consisted mainly of presentations
and discussions on two topics: Greek organizations and procedures
for submitting complaints on police conduct.
Update on Greeks in the 21st Century by the three major Greek
organizations--Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council and
Bi-cultural Intergreek Council--drew an unusually large contingency
of student observers who came to show their support. Scott Reikofski,
director of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, provided
some background about the long tradition of the Greek system at
Rideout, C'02, president of the Big-C, said that the three fraternities
and four sororities that comprise this umbrella group rely on
students from not only Penn but from other schools in the area.
She mentioned COLORS, the campus organized lectures on racial
sensitivity, which are being held again this semester.
Ng, W'03, president of Panhellenic Council, talked about some
of the sororities' achievements including raising money for the
Rena Rowan Breast Cancer Center and having sorority members in
student government leadership positions.
Daly, C '03, president of the IFC, said his group, which is a
confederation of 29 fraternities, is held to certain standards
and policies that should apply to all student groups at Penn.
He cited three concerns: the need for open and honest communication
with the faculty and administration; the need for a consistent
enforcement of rules such as the Alcohol Policy, and underground
pseudo-Greek organizations which had formerly been recognized
fraternities or sororities and engage in high-risk activities.
Robert Barchi said that Penn's Alcohol Policy "clearly applies
to all undergraduates" not just Greeks. He also noted that
off-campus activities are not directly under Penn's purview therefore
Penn can't legislate or control such behavior.
next agenda item, concerning procedures for submitting complaints
on police conduct, included a presentation by UA chair Dana Hork
who discussed the UA resolution on the recommendation for the
creation of a Community Review Board. The resolution is on the
UA's website, at http://dolphin.upenn.edu/~ua/.
of Police Tom Rambo then presented the current complaint process
THIS ISSUE) which is available to all citizens, not just
President for Public Safety Maureen Rush said that these procedures
were put in place prior to the department's accreditation last
year. She also said that the Public Safety Advisory Board would
discuss adding an additional seat to provide representation for
Dube, the Council representative from UMOJA, expressed thanks
to Police Chief Rambo and VP Rush for their efforts to improve
communication with the community.
Judith Rodin said that there is a need to develop respect for
one another and focus on mutual responsibility.