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Tragedy at Shasta Lake

“Shasta Weekend” is usually an exciting trip for students to have fun and spend time with friends. But this year’s trip turned tragic after a University of Oregon student was found dead early Saturday morning.    Authorities identified the student as Dylan Pietrs, a 21-year-old business administration major from Denver …

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UO Phi Kappa Psi chapter temporarily suspended after derogatory document surfaces

Editor’s note: This story contains offensive language. The University of Oregon Phi Kappa Psi chapter has been temporarily suspended after a defamatory document printed with the fraternity’s name and the names of many of its members surfaced. The 32-page document, which the Emerald obtained on Sunday, contains a list of the …

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Alpha Chi Omega hosts an all-genders high-heeled walk to raise awareness of domestic violence

Delta Tau Delta pledge Carlos Cuevas wore 4-inch, black-tipped white high heels that he described as “cute wine mom shoes” during Sunday’s “Walk a Mile,” an event that the Alpha Kappa UO Chapter of the Alpha Chi Omega (AXO) sorority hosted to spread awareness about domestic violence. “I look good. …

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Fraternity and Sorority Life holds candlelight vigil for Gamma Phi Beta sorority sister Nicole Panet-Raymond

“She just really knew how to love life. She really knew how to live.” This sentiment and many others like it echoed to the crowd of hundreds of students that collected at the EMU amphitheater for a candlelight vigil to mourn the death of University of Oregon student Nicole Panet-Raymond, 19, …

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UO student, 21, dies at off-campus residence

A UO student died in his off-campus house Friday morning. Police and medical personnel responded to reports of an unresponsive 21-year-old male at a house on the 400 block of E. 13th Avenue. He was pronounced dead at 11:46 a.m. Eugene Police did not immediately identify the victim Friday. The …

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Challenging rape culture in Greek spaces

From Congress to Hollywood, sexual assault scandals are hitting the headlines in a pervasive wave of call-outs and push-backs against rape culture. At universities, rape culture is magnified in fraternity and sorority life — numerous academic studies and statistics trace campus rape culture’s influence back to the party culture of …

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Jewish Greek community at UO continues to grow

Last spring, a new Jewish chapter, the fraternity Sigma Alpha Mu, colonized at the University of Oregon. It is aiming towards a charter for fall 2018. Jewish Greek life has the ability to bring members closer together — their similar backgrounds give the members an opportunity to relate to each …

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Shasta 2017: a clean(er) Shasta Weekend

University of Oregon students remember the infamous purple cooler from last year’s Shasta Weekend emblazoned with the phrase, “Do You Wanna Do Some Blow Man?” and the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity letters. The image was just an example of the mess created by University of Oregon students on Slaughterhouse Island …

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Fraternity and Sorority Life director Justin Shukas resigns

On Friday, the director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Justin Shukas, resigned. His departure could result in a change for the FSL culture, depending on who the school hires and what the new hire decides to do with the position. According to a Facebook post, Shukas said he was offered …

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In Her Shoes event sees women and men walking in heels to raise awareness about domestic violence, hosted by AXO

Around 150 students gathered in the EMU Amphitheater in the Sunday sun. Men donned high heels and everyone danced to Beyoncé. Alpha Chi Omega hosted the third annual In Her Shoes event to raise awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence. Participants walked a mile around the University of Oregon …

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Video: Sorority Bid Day 2016

Over 600 women received bids for the 13 sorority houses at University of Oregon’s Erb Memorial Union on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The emotional day culminated after a week of events that were designed to introduce the potential new members to sorority life at UO. Now that bids have been given, …

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UO student charged with two counts of assault

A University of Oregon student and former member of Beta Theta Pi has been charged with two counts of assault in the second and third degree, court documents show. Paarth Patel, majoring in business administration, was taken into custody by UOPD, according to court document. He has been released and …

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More than a weekend: Shasta represents larger problems within UO fraternities

One provocative purple cooler, 30 yards of trash and over 72,000 Facebook shares later, the University of Oregon is under scrutiny for the behavior of some of its students at Shasta Lake. Photos, posted by Facebook user Jennifer Vick Cox, got Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity suspended by its national headquarters. …

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Lambda Chi Alpha to return to Lake Shasta to aid clean up

The Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council of the University of Oregon issued a statement today regarding last week’s littering incident that took place at Shasta Lake. The announcement indicated that one fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, has taken partial responsibility. Its fraternity members are now required to travel to Lake Shasta …

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Following Shasta littering incident, UO Lambda Chi Alpha chapter suspended by national headquarters

Update: May 24, 12:38 a.m. The UO Chapter of Lambda Alpha Chi released an official statement Monday evening apologizing for “any destruction of the Lake Shasta resort and the surrounding environment,” and pledged to work with the U.S. forest service to arrange a clean up crew. The statement also echoed the chapter’s …

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Post shows photos of trash, UO gear littered around a Shasta Lake island

Yesterday evening, Facebook user Jennifer Vick Cox posted a series of photos implicating University of Oregon students and the Lambda Chi Alpha chapter of a littering issue at Shasta Lake’s Slaughterhouse Island in Northern California this past weekend. “The person who took those photos isn’t at liberty to make an …

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Elizabeth Armstrong comes to UO to talk about status competition and sexual assault prevention

Over 100 students and faculty attended Elizabeth Armstrong’s lecture April 21 at the Ford Alumni Center. So many were in attendance that several dozen students were left without seats, listening along while sitting cross-legged in the back of the room. The talk, titled “Status, Violence, and Alcohol: How Status Competition Creates …

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UO extends halt on FSL expansion following the organization’s latest review

An external review of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Oregon affirms concerns about sexual assault within the community, Vice-President of Student Life Robin Holmes said Monday. Holmes personally requested the report, which examined documents and conversations with campus as well as fraternity and sorority members for issues related to sexual …

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Beta Theta Pi disbanded for reports of hazing

University of Oregon’s Beta Theta Pi chapter has been disbanded due to reports of hazing and other “high-risk behaviors”, a statement from Vice President for the Division of Student Life Robin Holmes said. According to the statement, the university was working with Beta Theta Pi’s national headquarters to address these …

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Fraternity men rise with women against sexual assault

Members of various fraternities said they rise with University of Oregon sorority Pi Beta Phi to combat sexual violence in a new video published Feb. 7. The video previewed the sorority’s Vagina Monologues event, where a number of women spoke about the feminine experience on Feb. 12 at 7:00 p.m. in …

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UO Delta Upsilon and Delta Tau Delta now welcoming transgender men

Beginning this past January, the Delta Tau Delta fraternity announced on Twitter that it will be joining Delta Upsilon in accepting transgender men as members. DTD member Zach Lusby said the chapter’s national policy does not discriminate against men based on their race, sexual orientation or gender. “One of the driving …

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PIKE fraternity makes its way back to UO

Steve Prefontaine’s fraternity is making a return to the University of Oregon. Originally founded in 1931 at UO, the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity is striving to gain men who promote university leadership, Joey Romanczuk and Tyler Anderson, PIKE professional expansion consultants, said. Romanczuk said in 2011, UO PIKE was shut …

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After “low-key” winter recruitment FSL prepares for spring

Across the board, much of Fraternity and Sorority Life choose to prepare for the spring recruitment session during winter term, but some chapters are still offering spots in the rainy season. The only fraternity officially rushing this term is Delta Tau Delta. The chapter has already handed out many bids …

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Greek Leadership Academy brings leaders together communally

Brought to B’nai B’rith Camp in Lincoln City, Oregon, for one weekend, several leaders of the University of Oregon’s Fraternity and Sorority Life built relationships within the community in order to fulfill a common goal: success. The Greek Leadership Academy, an FSL leadership program for boards from chapters, the Panhellenic …

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Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) fraternity returns to UO

The University of Oregon will soon welcome back Pi Kappa Alpha, or PIKE, as the newest fraternity on campus. Professional Expansion consultants Tyler Anderson and Joey Romanczuk will be on campus from Jan. 22 to March 10 to oversee the process. “Pi Kappa Alpha is dedicated to developing men of …

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New FSL leaders look to build community as first step

When juniors Tori Ganahl and Evan Anderson became Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council Presidents, they both had the same goal in mind: a better community. On Dec. 6, the new board members met with the previous PHC and IFC board to discuss how they could start bridging the gaps between Fraternity …

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OSU’s Phi Delta Theta suspended after drunken toga party

Corvallis filed charges against Oregon State University’s Phi Delta Theta after a toga party involving alcohol last week, according to the Register-Guard. The fraternity is opposing 39 counts both of furnishing alcohol to minors and hosting a party for minors, according to the Corvallis Gazette-Times.  A police report said two women were …

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Phi Delta Theta suspended from University of Oregon

A previous version of this article stated the suspension would last four years. A barbecue that led to an under-aged new member of Phi Delta Theta drinking alcohol with a mixing agent he was allergic to eventually brought Robin Holmes, University of Oregon Vice President of Student Life, to uphold …

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