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AXO raises most money for Derby Days

(11/18/14 11:45pm)

Alpha Chi Omega ran away with the victory in this year’s Derby Days competition, in which sororities teamed up with Sigma Chi to raise over $7000 for the Huntsman Cancer Institute.The six-day marathon of group events took place from Sunday, November 1st to Friday, November 7th. Scoring nearly 2000 more points than the next highest sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Chi secured a $1000 reward from Sigma Chi for their own philanthropy programs.

Downtown zoning laws addressed during public hearing on master plan process

(06/05/14 10:13pm)

Editor's Note: Paragraphs 13 and 14 of this story were updated at 11:13 p.m. on June 5. Mount Pleasant's Planning Commission held a public hearing to gain community input on the city's draft of its master plan during its regular meeting on Thursday. However, only one resident, Joe Olivieri, shared his concerns with the commission, and it had less to do with the plan than it did the zoning laws of downtown Mount Pleasant. As the owner of multiple housing properties in the city through his company, Olivieri Management, his chief complaint was that the current city law regarding the allowed density, square footage and parking lot size of his properties prevented him from expanding and improving on them. With the influx of newer rental housing developments being built elsewhere in the city, Olivieri was concerned that his properties on Main Street – largely fraternity and sorority housing – are becoming less competitive.

Gone 4 good?: Delta Chi suspension period halted until fraternity 'leaves quietly'

(04/24/14 11:58pm)

As the brothers of the now-defunct Delta Chi fight their four-year sanction by continuing to function as a fraternity, they might be doing more harm to their future than they are aware of.The group does not recognize Central Michigan University’s sanctions, which calls for a cease of any and all operations as a registered student organization.

Subjective justice: Delta Chi members, supporters blame Student Conduct for abuse of powers

(04/20/14 11:58pm)

Within the last year, the Central Michigan University community has been divided into two camps: Those who believe Delta Chi did nothing to deserve a four-year suspension, and those who believe they did. Surrounding the controversy is the notion that the process the university uses to discipline students is ambiguous to the student body, the groups that are disciplined and the administrators who oversee the proceedings. The Office of Student Conduct and university officials have offered extensive explanations on why and how they were procedurally allowed to issue the suspension.

No Warning: University officials, CMUPD explain lack of community alert, notification for alleged Delta Chi-related sexual assault

(04/20/14 11:58pm)

Among the many charges levied against Delta Chi, the allegations of sexual assault and theft percolated to surface once the campus community found out why the group was suspended. The information was reported nearly a year after a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Central Michigan Life. However, the university was made aware of the allegations within days of the incident.

CMU's Zeta Nu chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon retains No. 1 status in Miami

(04/13/14 5:34pm)

Central Michigan University's Zeta Nu Chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon is still the best in the country. Members are bringing home multiple awards and accolades after winning big this weekend at the fraternity’s national sales competition in Miami. One of the winners, Plymouth senior and fraternity member Kristina Crilley, won first place at the Pro-Am Sell-A-Thon. “I was so excited we won,” Crilley said.

Greek Week sets record, raises $30,075 for Special Olympics

(04/11/14 10:56pm)

[wzslider autoplay="true" interval="6000" height="600" transition="'slide'" info="true" lightbox="true"] Central Michigan University’s Greek community surpassed its own expectations, raising $30,075 for Special Olympics during Greek Week 2014. As soon as the doors opened, a flood of cheering students, both Greeks and non-Greeks, stormed McGuirk Arena, ready to hear how much money the week-long event raised and to compete in the week’s final event, mock rock. “It has been a long week, we’re tired, but we broke records and surpassed our goal,” said Inter Fraternal Council coordinator Tyler Grinblatt. The arena could barely contain the energy the Greek community unleashed after being told they had raised more than $30,000, surpassing last year’s philanthropy. During Greek week 2013, the Greek community raised more than $22,000 for last year’s chosen philanthropy, the Jenna Kast Believe in Miracles Foundation. “It feels good to be part of something so big,” said Grand Rapids senior and Beta Theta Pi fraternity member Jeffrey Malinowski.

Academic games test students' knowledge of Greek life, CMU

(04/10/14 2:16am)

Bursts of chanting and applause filled the crowded auditorium as crowds of Greek students cheered on their teams for academic games on Tuesday night. The trivia competition was part of Greek Week, a series of events organized by Greek organizations on campus to raise money for Special Olympics Michigan. "We changed the game up a bit from last year and tried to make it a little more educational for everyone," said Erin Barcy, a Greek Week committee co-chair.

Pi Sigma Epsilon traveling to Florida to defend first-place national title

(04/06/14 11:58pm)

Central Michigan University's Zeta Nu chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon has a title to defend. After winning first and second place in sales and marketing last year, the group will travel to Miami on Tuesday to compete in the fraternity's national competition. PSE Zeta Nu chapter President Tyler Wallner said the fraternity's headquarters hosts two conferences every year – regionals and nationals – attended by 67 other chapters from across the nation. "At the end of the day, we want to bring back some hardware and make our fellow Chippewas proud,” said the Lowell junior. “It’s about making connections and learning, but really, we don’t go there to compete; we go there to win.” The nine members that will represent PSE this year is the most in previous years. Each year, the fraternity has achieved a top-five spot in the Pro-Am Sales competition.

Greek Week starts Sunday, ends Friday with mock rock

(04/03/14 11:58pm)

As spring approaches, fraternities and sororities at Central Michigan University get ready for one of their most anticipated events of the year: Greek Week. Scott Courter II, a program assistant for Greek Life, in the Office of Student Activities and Involvement, said this year's chosen philanthropy is Special Olympics. "Greek Week is our big philanthropy week," Courter said.

Sigma Pi to rejoin Greek community after losing recognition in 2008

(04/01/14 11:58pm)

After a lengthy colonization process, Central Michigan University's Delta Alpha chapter of Sigma Pi will recharter and rejoin the Greek community on April 12. The fraternity began colonizing – forming a group that is recognized with provisional membership and moving toward full-fraternity membership – in February when they were approached by members of Sigma Pi International. Until the fraternity charters, Sigma Pi is recognized as a Greek organization with limitations. "During this time, they are working on an exhaustive list of things they must get done to charter," said chapter director Ron Browne.