In The News Archives: 2015

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The following are archived In the News articles from 2015.

Past In the News Items: 2015

Phi Sigma Pi wins 3 awards at convention ( - August 28, 2015)
At the annual National Convention for Phi Sigma Pi, Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Eta chapter of the National Honor Fraternity won three awards: Best in Western Pennsylvania Region, The C. H. McClure Single Service Award and the Sanders P. McComsey Most Improved Old Chapter Award. “To be recognized on a national scale for all the work we’ve done in the past year felt extremely gratifying, and will only serve to motivate us to achieve even more in the next year,” Aubrey Keperling (Η) said.

Army vet conquers battle for college degrees at BGSU ( - May 10, 2015)
As commencement speaker Thomas Snitch exhorted Bowling Green State University’s new graduates Saturday not to underestimate themselves, his message surely was not lost on Tanya Schardt (ΕΒ). The Army veteran from Fremont nearly lost her life in Iraq on Halloween, 2007, when an improvised explosive device struck the armored Humvee in which she and four colleagues rode. Two were killed, two suffered minor injuries, and Ms. Schardt spent the better part of the next two years in hospitals.

A love letter to my time at a small school ( - May 4, 2015)
Having spent my first year participating in “social activities,” my sophomore year was spent attempting to pack my resume with decent looking credentials. I co-founded Phi Sigma Pi (ΖΤ), the National Honor Fraternity on campus. I worked as an assistant for an international lawyer downtown who didn’t know how to type on a computer. I interned for U.S. Senator John Cornyn in his San Antonio headquarters.

‘I did it my way’ ( - April 29, 2015)
Looking back, I made a lot of impulse decisions. I couldn’t even really call them decisions because I kind of just did things without really questioning them. How could I go to the University of Massachusetts and not join the marching band? Not take the opportunity to go on Birthright, then return to Israel three more times? Not pursue my journalism major and write for the Collegian? Joining Phi Sigma Pi (ΒΥ) threw me a curveball; the amount of times I’ve had to explain that, yes, I am a girl in a fraternity – it’s gender-inclusive.

Cleanup marks Earth, Arbor days in Evanston ( - April 28, 2015)
Despite the cold, drizzly weather on Saturday, April 25, volunteer clean up crews were out carrying trash bags for a community-wide observation of Earth Day and Arbor Day. "It took a lot of work but it's pretty cool to see it planted," said Lantz (ΖΟ), 20, a sophomore from Indianapolis. "It's been nice to be part of Evanston. It's nice getting to know the community. It's cool to be a part of it."

Non-OFSA Greek organizations foster a similar sense of community and alternative to the typical Greek house ( - April 2, 2015)
At Lehigh, the words “Greek life” tend to be associated with chapters recognized by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, or groups residing on the Hill. However, an entirely different group of chapters is also part of Lehigh’s Greek culture and environment. The Lehigh chapters of Alpha Omega Epsilon, Alpha Phi Omega, Sigma Phi Delta, and Phi Sigma Pi (ΔΧ) are just some of the student-run Greek organizations that are similar in nature to the OFSA-affiliated chapters, but differ in their mission, focus and operations.

Fraternities face scrutiny, self-analysis after series of scandals ( - March 24, 2015)
Fraternity culture is "very distinct, and a lot of times it's secretive," said Zac McGee (ΓΠ), a Towson University student, member of the coed honor fraternity Phi Sigma Pi and president of the University System of Maryland Student Council. "The question is, can you find a way to promote a brotherhood or a sisterhood without having physical or mental harm?" McGee said.

Collection drive serves the underserved (The Temple News - March 24, 2015)
Alexandra Fleming (ΑΛ), the co-president of LPH, has gotten her fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi, to join in assisting Morris Home too, and the students have been making donations every semester. “We had one night of collection where we asked everyone to bring in clothes,” said Fleming, a senior communication studies and Italian double major. “And we collected over 200 items in just one sitting.”

Greek members compete in 1st Olympics for charity (The Crimson White - March 4, 2015)
Members of the University of Alabama Greek system will host their own Greek Olympics to raise money for children with cancer. Carly Jones (ΔΒ), a junior majoring in marine science, biology and telecommunication and film, is the social chair for Phi Sigma Pi Honors Fraternity and created the fundraiser. This is the first year of the event. “I actually thought of the idea last semester, and have been working to put it in place since then,” Jones said. “It is an event where different Greek organizations on campus will be competing in ‘minute-to-win-it’ type games such as relays and tug-of-war to raise money for a 
philanthropy of their choice.”