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Report shows low Greek service hours

Some Greek organizations are not living up to their founding ideals, while others may be surpassing them, according to a report released this week by the Division of Student Affairs.

A half-dozen organizations logged an average of zero hours of community service per member, indicating the disproportionate number of hours performed by the rest: overall, Carnegie Mellon’s fraternities and sororities managed to contribute 5922 total hours of community service, as well as raise over $25,000 for local and national charities.

Alpha Kappa Delta Phi made the most significant commitment to volunteering, with 37 hours of community service per member last semester.

The women more than doubled second-place finishers Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Delta Rho, who each logged approximately 15 hours of community service hours per member.

The zero hours that members of at least five organizations logged falls well below the campus average for Greek organizations in community service hours reported per member, according to the report.

“In addition to a general summary of any campus involvement, community service, and philanthropic activities, the chapters are asked to provide specific data regarding community service participation [number of hours and participating members for each activity being reported],” said Cathy O’Domes from the Student Life Office.

“If the chapters choose not to provide this information or indicate that they did not perform any community service, then it is reported as zero,” she continued.

Monica Bebie, the report’s author from Student Life, was out of town for a conference last week and unavailable for comment, but offered to meet after The Tartan’s publishing deadline.

The report also detailed Greek community QPA statistics, percentage of members belonging to outside organizations, and percentage of members performing leadership roles on campus.

Sigma Nu and Kappa Phi Lambda performed the worst in QPA among Greeks, while Kappa Alpha Theta barely beat out Delta Gamma and Alpha Epsilon Pi for earning the highest QPAs among Greek organizations.

These three all beat the all-university average of 3.19. Delta Gamma and Kappa Alpha Theta, as two of the five Panhellenic sororities, beat the all-women’s average of 3.21.

Twenty-four members of the Greek community received a 4.0 for the fall 2008 semester.

Overall, the five Panhellenic sororities achieved the highest QPA, beating the IFC fraternities, NPHC, and Asian-American chapters’ averages.

The organizations reporting zero hours of community service per member included Delta Delta Delta, Delta Tau Delta, Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, and Lambda Phi Epsilon.

The report did not include hours logged for philanthropic fundraising, but none of the aforementioned organizations responded to repeated e-mail requests for additional information as of press time.

Nisha Phatak, a junior majoring in statistics and public relations representative for Kappa Kappa Gamma, which logged approximately one hour of community service per member for the fall 2008 semester, declined to comment.

She based this position on her organization’s unorthodox policy of not allowing their public relations representative to comment in public forums like newspapers.

According to the report, as of last semester, Carnegie Mellon was home to 24 fraternities and sororities, including five Panhellenic sororities, 11 Interfraternity Council fraternities and two Interfraternity Council colonies, four Asian-interest groups (two fraternities and two sororities), and two new NPHC chapters.

These groups included 18 percent of the student population, or 1044 undergraduates out of Carnegie Mellon’s 5895.
A total of 274 students joined the 24 chapters of fraternities and sororities in the Carnegie Mellon Greek community this semester.

Bebie in the Student Life Office compiled the data, which was released to President Jared Cohon, associate deans of the university, academic department heads, Division of Student Affairs staff, university administrators, athletics and physical education staff, and student organizations last Friday, Feb. 13.