Growth, appreciation are topics that dominate meeting
The Multicultural Greek Council is fed up with the recognition – or lack thereof — it receives from the campus.
“My hope for the MGC is that it can be recognized. The school recognizes us on paper, but I want the campus to recognize us; the students, the parents, the alumni and prospective students,” said Multicultural Greek Council co-chairman Mario Flores. “There are a lot of articles that go out in various newspapers or by the administration that state there are no fraternities affiliated with the campus, and that is a lie.”
Tuesday evening, Flores, also a senior ethnic studies major, met with various leaders and representatives from the nine fraternities and sororities on campus that are affiliated with the MGC.
“The overall purpose was to check in with each other,” Flores said. “To check in with our by-laws and our constitution and just in general to check in with our institutions.”
Alvina Yeh, a senior Chinese and international affairs major and president of Sigma Psi Zeta, CU’s Asian-interest Greek organization on campus, said the meeting went very well.
“We saw a lot of attendance from all the MGC member organizations,” Yeh said. “It was really good to see so many people there. We talked about goals we had for MGC, and I think we made some progress tonight.”
One of the major discussions on the table was the structure and organization of Multicultural Greeks.
Renee Torres, a senior MCD biology major and president of Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority, is adamant about adequately structuring MGC.
“There are so many times when my organization is tabling or fundraising on campus that various students come up and ask about my sorority and what it means that we are ‘non-traditional’ and an MGC organization,” Torres said. “But if all of our separate organizations come together, we can work to be a well-known entity on campus and create more interest and knowledge.”
Also on the agenda was the Registered Fraternal Organization Agreement that has been causing debate among the Panhellenic Sororities and the Interfraternity Council.
“We went through what the school requires and expects from us. Overall, people are satisfied with the agreement,” Flores said. “It doesn’t deter us from any of our missions, any of our purposes. So, in terms of the Registered Fraternal Organization Agreement, we like having it there.”
Torres feels the RFOA has been positive for the Multicultural Greek community.
“I personally feel there is nothing wrong with the RFOA,” Torres said. “I feel like we do get the privilege of being able to sign the agreement, and from there, we all have a responsibility to abide by our RFOA.”
Flores remains hopeful for the future.
“I don’t think that MGC gets the recognition it deserves,” he said. “So that is one of my main goals for MGC-that we can grow, not just in numbers but in recognition and the appreciation honestly from the future students, the campus and the alumni.”
Contact Campus Press staff writer Brandon Springer at Brandon.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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