Homecoming celebrations at Clemson University will be alcohol-limited and community-focused, say student fraternity and sorority leaders. That’s because early in the semester, there have been more than 150 alcohol arrests and incidents–on campus and in the town of Clemson combined.
The university’s administration urged the student Greek organizations’ leaders to come up with ideas to remedy this problem. Monday, Greek Council leaders recommended that fraternities and sororities limit organizational activities for the rest of the fall semester to allow the student leadership time to plan and implement needed changes.
Gail DiSabatino, vice president for student affairs, met with the students Friday about the recent incidents. Monday, officers from the school’s Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council held a press conference.
“We want to take action because the problem of underage drinking, alcohol abuse and unsafe pledging activities by some in the fraternity and sorority community threaten the future of all of our chapters,” James Clinton, Interfraternity Council president, a senior from Rock Hill; and Suzanne Pickens, Panhellenic Council president, a senior from Spartanburg, said in a statement. Clinton said in the press conference,
The Greek life community is a very visible and a very obvious group on campus. I think Clemson University as a whole is trying to step forward and look to the alcohol issues. And I would definitely say that fraternity and sorority life has those issues. So, starting with us and maybe having us set a good example for the rest of the university can put a good foot forward in trying to curb the issue altogether.
This means that for Greeks, it will be a quieter homecoming than usual this weekend. One of the school’s biggest party weekends will include official university activities and a limited number of meetings, philanthropic and service events.