Greek community helps enlighten new members

Melissa Berg

New leadership often brings new ideas and changes to a community, and under new direction, the greek community hopes to see many positive changes this semester.

Alisa Frandsen, interim director of greek affairs, stepped into the office after former director Brian Tenclinger left this summer.

New members to the greek community will participate in a new program called Becoming A New Greek, or BANG, designed to educate students about greek life. The new initiative is being directed by Jane Legg, Collegiate Panhellenic Council new member coordinator, and Bryan Rooney, Interfraternity Council vice president of programming and new member education.

The mission of the BANG program is to create a fun interactive atmosphere with a diversity of essential education programs to better new members, Rooney said.

The program is geared to enlighten new greeks on leadership opportunities, stereotypes, dating and situations that can occur in a college social setting.

The program also examines how to handle these environments at two seminars on Sept. 11 and 18, said Robert Aschentrop, graduate assistant for greek affairs.

A third seminar Sept. 25, will feature head football coach Dan McCarney as a guest speaker who will discuss team interaction.

McCarney’s speech will focus on working as a team to better the greek community as a whole, Rooney said.

The greek system will also continue to focus on academics.

“We hope to offer free tutoring for selected classes,” Ellie Nelson, Collegiate Panhellenic Council Director of Scholarship said. “It is a good way for underclassmen to meet people in their classes.”