GW at the Millennium: Highlights of Greek-letter life

August 1995 – the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity is evicted from its house on F Street, next to Foggy Bottom Grocery.

October 1995 – Greek-letter community contributes $300 to run-aways from abusive homes.

March 1996 – Alpha Epsilon Pi member Damian McKenna is elected Student Association president and Sigma Kappa member Dianne Gayoski joins him as SA executive vice president.SA passes a resolution encouraging the University to offer on-campus housing to Greek-letter community.

November 1996 – GW feminists call for the removal of fraternity shoe trees. Members of Womyn’s Issues Now say fraternity men hung shoes from trees to represent every time two brothers had sex with the same woman. The men deny the charges.

December 1996 – Fraternities and sororities begin examining the possibility of self-governance. Sigma Alpha Mu and Phi Gamma Delta fraternities seek admittance to GW’s Greek-letter community.

January 1997 – D.C. Department of Sanitation calls for fraternity members to remove shoes from trees, citing safety concerns about the objects falling and hitting pedestrians.

February 1997 – Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity’s national organization is re-instated after facing suspension for a hazing incident, in which pledges were blindfolded and had food condiments put on their bodies.

February 1997 – GW’s Greek-letter leaders say they are overcoming stereotypes by participating in community service.

March 1997 – Tau Kappa Epsilon holds clothing drive for local community.

March 1997- Sigma Nu’s national organization proposes alcohol-free houses by the year 2000.

April 1997 – Delta Phi Epsilon sorority loses its charter after failing to meet minimum national standards for membership and financial management.

April 1997 – Kappa Sigma fraternity participates in Hands On D.C., an effort to repair more than 30 D.C. public schools.

Summer 1997 – Phi Sigma Kappa gets suspended for one year.

October 1997 – GW examines the relationship between pledge process and alcohol after two fraternity pledges in Louisiana State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology died.Phi Sigma Sigma returns to campus.

November 1997 – GW’s chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha loses its charter until at least 2001 after an alcohol-related hazing incident, in which a pledge nearly died.

February 1998 – Greek-letter members congregate for the first Greek Forum in an attempt to overcome stereotypes and discuss campus issues.

April 1998 – IFC holds monthlong clothing drive and promotes community service.

July 1998 – Sigma Chi loses University recognition after holding a party during Colonial Inauguration.

August 1999 – Sigma Alpha Epsilon president says his brothers want to undo the image of their fraternity as a public nuisance.

September 1999 – IFC supports re-recognition of Sigma Chi

October 1999 – IFC urges Sigma Alpha Epsilon members to reform by sending a letter to their national leaders.

November 1999 – University officials fail to inform fraternity homeowners of their ideas about re-developing Greek-letter property on G Street.

February 2000 – Sigma Chi loses its charter after a hazing incident in which pledges duck-taped and kidnapped a brother.

March 2000 – IFC finalizes self-governance policy and seeks approval from administration.source: The GW Hatchet archives

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