The Greek Council is one step closer to becoming ratified by UNB.
The Greek Council has not yet been officially recognized, but is currently working with the UNB Student Union to put a policy committee together.
“The idea is that it operates as a kind of governing body … to make sure that if somebody wants to found an organization … it’s not just people kind of popping up drinking groups and disguising them as fraternities or sororities,” said Kaley Etheridge, vice-president of the Psi Lambda Phi fraternity and secretary of the Greek Council.
The Council is also currently looking towards working with UNB administration.
“We’d like some sort of arrangement where we can work with the universities or with the student unions so that everyone knows that there are other voices involved in the process,” Etheridge said.
“The important thing to remember is that we want to be held accountable because we believe that the things that we do are good. The whole point of a fraternity or sorority is to try and better yourself personally.”
The Council is made up of members of each of the Greek organizations. The organizations select their representatives for the Council however they please.
Council meetings take place once a week. Recently, meetings have been focused on recruitment and joint events.
“A council meeting happens really any way that you would expect an official meeting to happen. We go, there’s a chair, we discuss issues of the day … we just arrange business,” he said.
Two fraternities and two sororities have been recognized on both UNB and STU campus. Each of these organizations has at least one representative within the Council, except for the Theta Tau Nu.
“The invitation was extended to them — they never responded. We made sure that they were aware of all of the days of meetings, we attempted to contact them,” said Etheridge.
The Greek Council is still unaware as to why Theta Tau Nu never responded to the offer.
“We created a council to support the people that want to make sure that Greek life is safe and accessible, and Theta Tau Nu hasn’t wanted to be a part of that process,” Etheridge said.
Members of Theta Tau Nu refused to speak to the Brunswickan about this topic.
Despite some recent differences between Greek life and university administration, Etheridge still believes that the camaraderie found in a fraternities or sororities is worthwhile.
“People are very wary because we have appeared in the media and the university is very hush-hush about how they want to handle it. We’d like to show that there is an interest and this is strong.”
The fraternity that Etheridge is affiliated with, Psi Lambda Phi, has recently recruited four new “brothers” who will become official members of the fraternity at the end of the semester.
“It’s everything that a college student should want to do … in one place: it’s a place to achieve academically, to grow socially and to engage in your community,” he said.
“I would encourage people who aren’t in Greek life to still do those things: be engaged in their community, and be engaged with the school.”