Does Greek life have a future?
This is a question that many university administrators have been asking, including University of Florida President Dr. Kent Fuchs. But unlike many commenting in the media today Dr. Fuchs proposes a solution — a solution that involves SigEp.
In his monthly column in the Alligator, Dr. Fuchs answered the question, “Does Greek life have a future at UF?” He acknowledges that fraternities and sororities will have to raise the bar, but also says that this is already happening on the Florida campus. He says:
“In the past two years, SigEp, nationally and locally, has undergone a transformation. Policy changes remove pledging from membership and establish substance-free chapter houses as the fraternity standard. The fraternity has worked to establish what it calls the Balanced Man Program, which eliminates hazing and instills purpose, perspective, academic excellence, integrity, physical health and mental wellness.”
Fuchs also voiced his support for SigEp alumnus and Florida State University President John Thrasher who has called for a new normal in fraternities. President Fuchs met with Florida’s SigEp brothers at their chapter home for dinner on Thursday evening.
Thank you SigEp for inviting me to dinner. pic.twitter.com/UppLIPiV8r
— W. Kent Fuchs (@PresidentFuchs) March 16, 2018
A blueprint for success
SigEp’s Florida chapter has seen great success since reopening. The chapter earned its charter after only three semesters of operation and was named 2017 Chapter of the Year on its campus in its first semester of eligibility.
At SigEp’s Carlson Leadership Academy last month, the chapter received multiple awards for their excellence in housing,leadership and alumni volunteering. Brother Stephen Shewbrooks, Florida ’66, was honored with SigEp’s Exemplary Service Award for his years of dedicated service. The chapter is currently pursuing Residential Learning Community status for its substance-free chapter facility.