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Pakistani student makes most of short stay by joining Sigma Pi at Murray State

One of the great parts about traveling the country and meeting fraternity and sorority members all over the country is seeing how they address the changing demographics of colleges today and make their organizations stand out to attract new members in new places on campus. Whether we look at race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, physical abilities, or religion, a diverse membership makes better organizations. There are various books published on this topic that provides the science, including The Difference by Scott E. Page, The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver, and The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki. These books all show how different perspectives, different experiences, different problem solving techniques, and different stories help us make better decisions, foster innovation, and help us predict the future. Imagine if our fraternities and sororities could predict the future? The truth is, we can – if we recruit right. The challenge of course is that generally speaking, people would rather spend time with people that agree with them rather than disagree with them. This political election is a prime example of this, where users eliminated half of their friends that disagreed on who should lead our country. Our natural....

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Sigma Kappa caught in immigration ban is back in the US

Niki Mossafer Rahmati, a junior mechanical engineering student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Sigma Kappa from the Theta Lambda Chapter has returned through Logan International Airport in the United States after being denied entry into the United States due to President Trump’s travel ban.  Niki and other International students were met by a crowd of well-wishers after making it through customs. Niki had been trying to return to MIT after spending winter break in Iran, but she was blocked from boarding her connecting flight from Qatar to the United States. She went back to Tehran. On January 30th, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren discussed Nicki’s case, as well as other Iranians with visas, from the senate floor. MIT Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart contacted Niki every day with updates, so she had lots of support from other students and the administration. Iran often shuts down social media, so there were times that she went offline for a few days. “I had no idea my school values me and cares this much about me and every single one of its students. I am fortunate to be in a school that stands up for its students and fights against injustice and discrimination,” said....

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Stevens Greeks Deliver Food to First Responders After NJ Transit Train Crashes

On Thursday, a New Jersey Transit train filled with passengers during rush hour slammed into a bumper block, went airborne, and hit the passenger concourse at 8:45 AM. It killed one woman waiting on the platform who was hit by debris, and injured more than 100 passengers. It seems that the New York/New Jersey area is always prepared to handle any emergencies or situations that arise, and this was no exception. Once word spread of the accident, the Greek students at Stevens Institute of Technology, which is located only a few short blocks away from the Hoboken Terminal, gathered to collect donations of water, coffee, donuts, granola bars, and other snacks for all the first responders. Police, firefighters, EMT’s, and investigators who were working at the scene of the crash are always worried about helping others, and this time they got a great showing of support from the students at Stevens for all the hard work they do. It’s just another way of showing the world that the fraternity and sorority community truly want to help make a difference in their communities, they live the values of their respective organizations, and they show appreciation for the brave men and women....

TIPS Training Session Held at Alpha Epsilon Pi’s 103rd Convention to Promote Alcohol Safety

Michael Ayalon, CEO of Greek University, held a training session on August 10th, 2016 at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa to teach Alpha Epsilon Pi’s fraternity leaders from all over the world how to prevent drunk driving, underage drinking, and alcohol abuse. Student participants from the United States, France, Canada, the UK, and Israel during Epsilon Pi’s 103rd Convention to become certified in the TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) program, designed to show students why, when, and how to intervene with their peers to prevent alcohol related problems. TIPS training enhances the people skills of the students to develop a new sense of expertise, confidence, and sense of control over their campus environment. Program participants are trained by certified instructors to detect the signs of intoxication and gain the confidence needed to intervene effectively. Students also learned to identify underage people and people who are already intoxicated. Students on over 1,200 campuses have been trained in this innovative program designed specifically for University students. Since implementing the program, several top Universities have seen a significant reduction in the number of alcohol-related incidents.