- Associated Press - Saturday, July 22, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - An ongoing partnership between fraternities, sororities, advisers and university staff has launched at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to find the path toward a national model of Greek life.

The initiative called #GreekVitality launched in April amid a wave of fraternity suspensions resulting from high-profile violations of the university student code of conduct, the Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/2uNcbYP ) reported.

“Here we have an administration receptive to improving the livelihood of the Greek community, and I think that’s despite us sometimes being our own worst enemy,” said Robert Lannin, an alumni adviser for Delta Upsilon. “We need to do all we can to partner with them to make this succeed.

Phi Kappa Theta President Benjamin Hintz said that bringing individual Greek houses together and pointing them to a shared goal will help refocus the system on its original mission.

“We share all these similarities and these common values, but we’re not focused on what’s best for the campus as a whole,” Hintz said.



Beta Theta Pi board member Mike Wortman said that frats need to be more deliberate in their recruiting, while upperclassmen and alumni must be aware of how they model appropriate behavior to new members.

“As an institution, the Greek system needs to be open and honest about where we are right now and where we want to go,” he said. “We can’t just put our heads in the sand and say we’ve always been this way and this is how we want to do it.”

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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