The Collegian : the weekly newspaper of Behrend College. (Erie, PA) 1989-1993, January 23, 1992, Image 1

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Welcome to the winter zone: Andrew Pauls, eighth semester
Mechanical Engineering, spends some time clearing a parking space
for his car. The National .Weather Service says colder weather, will
retom this weekend, with snow showers and high temperatures in
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Digging Out
Bid for new sorority
fails after 7-6 SGA
vote fails
by Vicki Snyder
The Collegian
Last night SGA failed to
rescind an earlier motion that
prohibited new sororities from
forming at Behrend for at least
one semester. Their seven-to-six
vote also temporarily put an end
to a group's hope to start another
sorority on campus.
At last week’s meeting, the
Panhellenic Council presented a
motion to SGA senators to
extend a cap on the number of
sororities that could form on
campus, while the Interfratemity
Council asked for a limit on the
number of fraternities that could
form. The ban on sororities was
to extended six months while the
ban for fraternities grew to one
Last night's vole concerned
one group’s efforts to have SGA
rescind their cap on sororities.
Members of the Panhellenic
Council wanted the measure to
remain intact to help members of
an already-existing sorority to
become national.
"We have nothing against the
sorority interest group (the
organization trying to establish a
sorority on campus)," said
Kristen Osiecki, president of the
Panhellenic Council. "Expansion
is something we arc willing to
do, but right now we are
obligated to Delta Phi Epsilon
and the other established
sororities... we're not saying no,
but we're obligated to others at
the moment."
Sigma Theta Chi is the
sorority which is trying to gain
national recognition. After their
pledge period to the national
organization, they would be
known as Delta Phi Epsilon. The
cap is designed to protect them
from competition while they
build a membership.
According to Osiecki, the
sorority interest group cannot be
admitted yet because the
Panhellenic Council is under
obligation to support Delta Phi
Epsilon first.
"The National Panhellenic
Council's bylaws say we are
obligated to support Delta Phi
Epsilon first," she said. "We’re
afraid that a new sorority starting
right now may take away
members from another sorority
trying to go national."
But according to members of
the sorority interest group, that
wouldn't happen.
"I think there is a need now
for another interest group," said
Courtney Donelly, spokesperson
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