GUEST ROOM | Greek Life: Where Do We Go From Here?

Before I get into all this I’d like to throw out a disclaimer about who I am, where I’m from and where I am — specifically where I am as I write this, which happens to be a room with a ceiling painted to look like the album artwork from the Dark Side of the Moon. My feet are propped up on a coffee table on top of which are a plethora of half empty Keystones, a water pitcher turned bong and a two-day-old copy of The Wall Street Journal still wrapped up in plastic and tied by a rubber band. By the powers of deduction and readily apparent typecasts, one would not be so alarmed to find out that this room is one of many similarly charming rooms clustered together in a manor-like estate where a bunch of twenty year old males run around doing twenty year old male things. Yes I’m talking about a frat, and yes I am one of those twenty year olds running around in it. I’m sure that “f” word triggered an immediate image of who I am and the dimensions — or lack thereof — comprising my individuality, and I won’t lie,  sometimes I fit snugly into that image, but for the most part I’d like to think that my persona extends beyond the stereotypical.

Sorority Rush Results Show Drop in Bids

Seven hundred and seventy six women returned to Ithaca early last month for sorority recruitment — which officially ended with bid night Jan. 26 — according to Katherine-Rae Cianciotto, assistant dean of students. “There’s no real negative effect on sororities because of differing class sizes”
Rachel Baer ’17

The number of women who participated in recruitment this year remained virtually the same as last year, with only a five-person increase, she said. However, this year’s recruitment numbers reveal a continuing trend of decreased participation in sorority rush. Last year, around 100 fewer women partook in recruitment than the year prior, when there were 871 rushees.

Psi Upsilon Fraternity is located on 2 Forest Park Lane on West Campus.

Psi Upsilon Suspended Following Alleged Sexual Assault

Psi Upsilon fraternity — the site of a sexual assault that reportedly occurred Sunday morning — has been placed on interim suspension, the office of fraternities, sororities and independent living announced Monday in a statement. Aside from operation of its residence, the fraternity has been suspended effective Monday from all chapter operations and activities. The University previously suspended Psi Upsilon’s social and new member education activities in January 2015 after an alleged incident involving alcohol and illicit substances. Previously, Psi Upsilon faced a year of judicial probation and a month of social probation after the chapter was found in violation of the University’s Anti-Hazing Policy in the spring of 2011. In the summer of 2008, Psi Upsilon’s alumni board deactivated the chapter over concerns regarding fraternity members’ safety.

Alleged Sexual Assault Reported at Psi Upsilon Fraternity

Cornell Police issued a crime alert Monday afternoon regarding an alleged sexual assault that occurred Sunday morning at 2 Forest Park Lane, the location of the Psi Upsilon fraternity. A female student reported she was sexually assaulted at approximately 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, after the perpetrator led her to a bedroom. The perpetrator was described as “a white male, approximately 170 pounds, around 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a medium complexion and wavy dark brown or black collar-length hair,” according to CUPD. Reports like this are relatively rare in our community because sex offenses are significantly under-reported, according to David M. Honan, CUPD Deputy Chief. “We take careful steps to connect victims of these crimes with supportive resources available here on campus and in our community,” Honan said.