Editorial: Greek life should expand financial aid to remain at Tufts

With Greek life back on campus, the one thing nearly everyone can agree on is that, if Greek life organizations continue to exist, financial reform will be necessary. While houses have encouraged fewer money-centric events, dues are still strikingly high. Many students who have to pay these dues themselves face real financial and time constrictions, juggling part-time jobs on […]

Fraternities implement policies aimed at increasing party safety

Several fraternities held their first official parties of the semester the weekend of Sept. 29-30, including Pi Rho Omega and Delta Tau Delta (DTD), both of which were on cease and desist orders last semester and thus were prohibited from holding social events. Fraternity members say they are working with the administration to formulate new party policies in an effort […]

Greek life in review: Students, administration evaluate the system

The past academic year has been a turbulent one for the fate of Greek life on campus. Amidst reports of hazing and discrimination, many have called for the Greek life system to be disbanded, while others have defended its presence on campus and suggested internal reform. In November 2016, rising senior Ben Kesslen detailed his experience with hazing and […]

Students protest Greek life at fraternity information session

A group of students gathered in Remis Sculpture Court last night to protest the Tufts Fraternities Informational Event hosted by the Tufts Interfraternity Council (IFC). The event featured members of several fraternities who spoke with students about Greek life, according to IFC Recruitment and Philanthropy Chair Luke Murphy. Only two of the fraternities present — Zeta Beta Tau and ATO […]

Social hold lifted for Greek life organizations without cease-and-desist orders

The Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Panhellenic Council (Panhel) have lifted their voluntary holds on social events for eligible Greek life organizations. This means fraternities and sororities in good standing with the university can register to host social events, according to IFC President Jack Friend and Panhel President Meaghan Annett. The four organizations currently not on cease […]

Point-Counterpoint: Suspending sorority, fraternity recruitment

Point-Counterpoint juxtaposes two opposing perspectives on polarizing issues and debates. The following responses, written by the Daily’s opinion section, address both sides of the debate on the recent suspension of spring recruitment for all Greek organizations at Tufts.   The case for suspension: The cancellation of sorority and fraternity recruitment for the spring semester has incited a great deal […]

Point-Counterpoint: Abolishing fraternities

‘Point-Counterpoint’ juxtaposes two opposing perspectives on polarizing issues and debates. The following responses, written by the Daily’s opinion section, address both sides of the debate on whether or not Tufts University should abolish fraternities.  The case for abolishing  The images conjured up in the Nov. 7 Observer opinion piece, “Abolish Fraternities,” were chilling, disturbing and, ultimately, impossible to forget. And yet, […]

IFC’s Risk Management Assistance Team wins Risk Reduction Award

The Tufts Interfraternity Council’s (IFC) Risk Management Assistance Team (RMAT) recently won an award for risk reduction from the Northeast Greek Leadership Association (NGLA), according to the NGLA’s website, ngla.org. RMAT is a program designed to improve the safety of events hosted by fraternities and sororities, according to Mickey Toogood, Judicial Affairs Administrator and advisor […]

JumBonnaroo successful despite last-minute venue changes

JumBonnaroo, a three-night music festival and fundraiser for Relay For Life, took place last weekend in spite of an Interfraternity Council (IFC) ban on all Greek life social events for that weekend. According to IFC President Evan Cover, the IFC instituted the ban in light of numerous alcohol-related transports the weekend leading up to JumBonnaroo at […]

IFC and IGC launch Halloween safety initiative

Tufts Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Inter-Greek Council (IGC), together with the Women’s Center and the Tufts administration, launched a Halloween safety initiative this week that aims to increase awareness regarding racial and misrepresentative Halloween costumes and protect students against sexual assault and alcohol abuse. Incidents of sexual assault and alcohol transports are shown to increase on college […]