From the InterFraternity Council

Toward an Ivy League Greek System in the Twenty-first Century

Purpose: Greeks have a long and prosperous history at the University of Pennsylvania. The Greek experience has been an integral and vital part of thousands of Pennsylvania students' lives both before and after graduation. The Greek system at the University is over a hundred and fifty years old and over time it has amended its policies to address current issues and expanded its role within the University. As the University enters its next metamorphosis as it prepares for the twenty-first century, the Greek system seeks to meet the demands of history and progress at the same time.

This report delineates the Greek plan for the twenty-first century. It will outline a specific set of goals and policies that describe the history and current state of the Greek system and the direction Greeks hope to move in the next century. More specifically this report will describe a plan to bring the Greek system at the University of Pennsylvania in-line with the academic and community goals that the University and academia are pursuing as it enters the twenty-first century.

We hope that community members will be impressed not only by the sheer magnitude of the report's future-thinking and pursuit of meticulous detail, but also the efficient and thorough manner by which the report will be implemented. The Greek Report for the Twenty-first Century will be a forerunner in Greek planning for the twenty-first centuryit truly outlines the plans for an "Ivy League Greek System."

About the Report: The Greek Committee on the Twenty-first Century will seek to develop a report that describes the history, present state, and future goals of the Greek system at the University of Pennsylvania as a whole. The report will also include individual sections for each umbrella organization to delineate their history as well as present and future plans that meet the ambitions of the Greek system and the University community as a whole. The Report outline:

I. Committee Introduction and Report's Purpose

II. Present accomplishments and brief history of the Greek System

III. Overall goals and ambitions of the Greek system at Pennsylvania (i.e.: safety, multicultural programming, service, academics, mentoring, etc.)

IV. Individual umbrella organization reports on its plans to reach not only the general Greek goals, but also goals more specific to its organizations.

a. individual reports should include detailed histories, current membership demographics, and other organization-specific information (i.e.: academics, service, locations, etc.)

b. the reports should also be very specific in changes that it plans to make in its effort to reach its goals (i.e.: new policies, etc.).

V. Report Conclusion

a. conclusion should include an overall view of the future of the Greek system at Pennsylvania and the nation as well as the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs role as we move into the twenty-first century.

b. conclusion should also include a time-line for implementation.

The Committee: The central Committee on the Twenty-first Century (the group that will develop all sections except umbrella-specific sections) will consist of the presidents three Greek umbrella organizations at the University of Pennsylvania (the InterFraternity Council, the Panhellenic Council, and the Bi-Cultural Inter-Greek Council) as well as one additional member from each branch (preferably an executive board member or chapter president). The membership of satellite committees (those that construct umbrella-specific sections) will be determined by the individual umbrella organizations. All satellite committees will report to the central committee. Each satellite committee will appoint a chairperson to report to the central committee on a weekly basis (via report and presentations at the central committee meetings). One of the three umbrella Presidents will chair the central committee.

The central committee will meet at least once a week until both the preliminary and final report are released. The satellite committees will also meet at least once a week until the work is complete. The chairperson of the satellite committees must also attend central Committee meetings.

All committees will research, develop, and write their sections of the reports. All members must share in the workload. Feedback from all members is essential. It is encouraged that the satellite groups seek feedback from their umbrella members.

Josh Gottheimer, President, IFC


February 6, 1996

Volume 42 Number 19

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