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Fiji fundraises for Hugh Marshall

The brothers of Phi Gamma Delta are raising money for “graduate brother” Hugh Marshall’s pancreatic cancer treatment.

Yugan Sakthi, Staff Reporter

April 20, 2018

With four days of events, bake sales, food and more, the Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) fraternity chapter is raising money for “graduate brother” Hugh Marshall, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year. Culminating in the day-long “Hugh-B-Que” on Saturday, April 21, “Fiji Islander Week...

Tenth sorority joins campus

Alexandre Tilly, Contributing Reporter

March 2, 2018

Alpha Gamma Delta (AGD), founded in 1904, will join the nine other sororities on campus for the 2018-19 academic year. AGD will be the first sorority to join Case Western Reserve University Greek Life in four years. In order for a sorority or fraternity to join CWRU Greek Life, the Greek Life panel...

LGBT organization enters Greek Life

Virginia Behmer, Contributing Reporter

March 2, 2018

A new LGBT, service-based Greek organization is joining the Case Western Reserve University community. Theta Pi Sigma (TPS), which is currently run through the LGBT Center, will accept any person, regardless of gender identity. TPS was founded at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2005. This...

Zeta Psi house caught fire during ritual

Aquene Kimmel, Staff Reporter

November 18, 2016

The Zeta Psi fraternity house caught fire over the weekend, causing some damage to the building but no major injuries. The fire alarm in the Zeta Psi house on the south side of campus sounded just before 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12. Case Western Reserve University Police and firefighters arriv...

Editorial: What is truly setting our Greek Life apart

Editorial: What is truly setting our Greek Life apart

Editorial Board

October 7, 2016

During recruitment, fraternity brothers and sorority sisters are told to refrain from introducing their organization as “different from Greek Life at other schools.” But we are different from Greek Life communities on other campuses. And one of the greatest qualities that sets our Greek Life apart is t...

Sigma Phi Epsilon revokes campus charter

Sigma Phi Epsilon revokes campus charter

Aquene Kimmel, Staff Reporter

October 7, 2016

After dark on Thursday, Sept. 29, the Ohio Sigma chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) gathered in Nord Hall. None of them, not even their president, knew why the meeting had been called. A staff member from the fraternity’s headquarters told the group that their charter was revoked due to a vio...

Gender Stereotypes Upheld by Greek Recruitment

Monica Hiller

April 22, 2016

Recruitment for fraternities and sororities at Case Western Reserve University have very different rules, practices and focuses. Sororities go through what is called “Formal Recruitment,” where women must sign up to participate in a four day “mutual selection” process. This entails a very de...

O’Keeffe: The pushes and pulls of Greek Week

Heather O'Keeffe

April 15, 2016

I love Greek Week. As a retired three-sport high school athlete, I miss the regular competition of yesteryear. The healthy competition that Greek Week is structured upon makes it one of my favorite and most anticipated weeks of the year. The week fosters bonds between members, forms chapter-to-chap...

Philanthropy brings sexual assault awareness to campus

“It’s a really important event that helps to serve a very pressing issue that affects all campuses across the country including our own,” said Monica Windholtz.

Adithi Iyengar, Staff Reporter

April 15, 2016

Alpha Chi Omega and Delta Chi have partnered up to bring the annual Walk a Mile in her Shoes Event to campus on Sunday, April 17, during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The core of the event is community members coming together to walk in heels in order to gain empathy for what women experience in...

Variety Show skit sparks campus debate on free speech

A controversy over Phi Delta Theta's Greek Week Variety Show skit, pictured, led to a university-wide email from President Snyder, who elaborated on her thoughts in an interview with The Observer.

Julia Bianco, Director of Web & Multimedia

April 14, 2016

An open letter penned by three members of the Latinx community has sparked a campuswide debate about free speech and political correctness that has affected Greek life as well as the campus community at large. The letter, which was sent to various student groups for signatures of support via email, was...

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