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Rush numbers steady despite financial concerns

first_imgDespite fears that the economic downturn would affect this semester’s Greek recruitment numbers, representatives from the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council said membership growth for the fall semester remained steady.“This summer we were looking at the numbers at other universities and [when] we saw drops anywhere we were terrified, but our numbers were fairly strong,” said Blessing Waung, Panhellenic president.IFC said it had 1,020 men participate in fall rush and offered a total of 468 bids, representing a slight jump from the 438 of the previous year.This fall also marked the first time IFC was able to keep track of all men who rushed a fraternity by using a newly created online database system.“This is the first time we’ve had substantive data. In the past it wasn’t tracked with this kind of precision,” IFC President Nick Hamada said.Additionally, instead of closing the rush process Sunday after bid night, as in previous years, IFC ruled that interested fraternities could use this week as a secondary bid period, during which they can extend bids to men who may not have received one during the original bid process. Hamada said he hoped this would give chapters the chance to retain potential pledges.Panhellenic rushed 842 women, demonstrating a registration rate consistent with the numbers from last year, but only accepted a class of 539 bids, a 7 percent decrease compared with 579 from last fall.Waung said she attributed the decrease in recruitment to the various financial troubles students are experiencing.“We at Panhellenic have to adapt to the economy in the same ways as other organizations,” Waung said.Although sorority recruitment numbers were down, Panhellenic Vice President of Recruitment Hilary Veit said this decrease was marginal compared to other universities, where chapters are losing hundreds of potential new members.As part of their efforts to deal with the economic downturn, Waung said Panhellenic focused on being more upfront about sorority dues and stressing long-term financial benefits, such as living in their chapter’s house.Christina Pushaw, a sophomore majoring in history who dropped out of rush, said finances were a consideration in her decision, as she would have to pay her own dues.“I really would have to feel totally sure about joining a house before I spent my own money on it,” she said. “Whereas if my parents were paying for it, it might be a different story.”Kelly Williams, a sophomore majoring in print journalism who also dropped out of rush, said she thought most prospective pledges would have known about the finances beforehand.“I don’t feel like any girl is going to join a sorority and not know that there are dues. Everyone is well aware going in to it that there is a financial commitment as well as a time commitment,” she said.Still, some girls think joining a sorority is worth it, despite the cost.Hailey Andrews, a transfer student and sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism, said when she discussed college with her parents she first decided to save money to pay for sorority recruitment and dues.“My parents always told me they’d help pay for college, but I had to pay for dues if I wanted to join a sorority,” Andrews said. “I think knowing I did it on my own makes it even more fulfilling.”Panhellenic is planning to work with individual chapters to provide scholarships if students interested in joining a sorority are seriously concerned about paying for the dues.“We’re trying to save money in our budget wherever possible to have some sort of surplus to allocate for scholarships,” Veit said.Waung noted one of her goals for the semester is to establish a yearly Panhellenic scholarship in memory of Adrianna Bachan, the freshman from the Pi Beta Phi sorority who was killed in a hit-and-run last spring.last_img read more

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Syracuse adds Buffalo to 2018-19 nonconference schedule

first_imgSyracuse men’s basketball added a matchup with Buffalo to its nonconference slate, SU Athletics announced in a release Thursday afternoon. The matchup will take place on Dec. 18, 2018.This will be the second straight year the Orange — which owns a 28-5 all-time series lead — plays the Bulls, with the last matchup coming on Dec. 19 of last year, an 81-74 SU victory.Buffalo had a much improved season in 2017-18, going 27-9. That included a Mid-American Conference championship and first-round upset in the NCAA Tournament of No. 4-seeded Arizona, 89-68.The matchup is the fifth game added to SU’s nonconference schedule. Here are the games that have been confirmed so far, per the SU release.Thursday, Nov. 15 — 2K Classic vs. Connecticut, Iowa or OregonFriday, Nov. 16 — 2K Classic vs. Connecticut, Iowa or OregonSaturday, Dec. 1 — vs. CornellSaturday, Dec. 15 — vs. Old DominionSaturday, Dec. 18 — vs. BuffaloAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 24, 2018 at 2:45 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more

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SPEEDING DRIVERS WALK FREE FROM COURT AFTER LOOPHOLE EXPOSED

first_imgThousands of people who were fined for speeding could escape without paying a fine or getting penalty points after  a loophole was exposed by a Donegal court.The glitch in the way speeding summonses are issued by private camera speed operators Go Safe has already seen a number of people having their cases dismissed at Buncrana District Court.Judge Paul Kelly dismissed the cases after drivers simply claimed they did not receive the fines in the post to their homes. Now the Garda Press office has admitted to Donegaldaily.com that summonses issued by the privately-operated speed camera company are sent by ordinary post.A number of people who appeared before Judge Kelly said the first they knew of a speeding fine was when Gardai arrived at their homes.They claimed they had never received any notification of the fines by post.Judge Kelly asked those who claimed the speeding fines did not arrive at their homes if they were prepared to swear on oath that this was the case.Each person did so and Judge Kelly was left with no option but to dismiss the cases.One woman told Judge Kelly that she was very embarrassed by the incident.“The first I knew of any speeding fine was when the Gardai called to my house. It was very embarrassing.“These letters should be sent by registered post so they can make sure that people get them.“I have had to take a day off work to be here in court and I don’t think that’s right. This kind of thing shouldn’t happen,” she said.The Garda Press office said they could not comment on the operational matters of the Go Safe company.Many of those employed to man the Go Safe vans are former Gardai.Go Safe began in November last year and has designated 750 safety camera sites in 518 zones across the country.The numbers of drivers getting penalty points for speeding this year is expected to surpass last year in many counties.Between January and June of this year almost 96,000 drivers had received penalty points.This figure is over 70% of the total for last year which was 131,000.COPYRIGHT: DONEGALDAILY.COMSPEEDING DRIVERS WALK FREE FROM COURT AFTER LOOPHOLE EXPOSED was last modified: September 11th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Buncrana District CourtfinesGoSafeJudge Paul Kellyspeedinglast_img read more

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