Katie Trebisovsky has plans to build a stronger sense of community among all campus sororities. As the new leader of the Panhellenic Council — the governing body of many of the University of Minnesota’s sororities — Trebisovsky said she wants to create closer ties not only among all sororities but also within the school’s entire greek community. The marketing and finance junior said she will work to foster tighter bonds between the four greek councils.
Sarah Klyman searched the University of Minnesota campus to find bathrooms that weren’t designated for men or women. As a social experiment, the individualized studies junior limited herself to only using the University’s gender-neutral bathrooms for one day. But the task was more challenging than she expected. “It was exhausting,” Klyman said. “I had to plan my schedule around how I was going to be able to use the bathroom, which is a huge inconvenience that you don’t think about.”
When international students Sarah Sham and Faith Tan came to the University of Minnesota as freshmen two years ago, they sought out a greek community that recognized Asian culture. But after an unsuccessful search, the Singaporean students began recruiting friends and classmates to charter a new campus sorority that would cater specifically to Asian women.
A group of students stood at the front of a darkened room in the University of Minnesota’s recreation center on Friday, reading narratives from victims of relationship violence. “I could have said no, but I didn’t,” the voices repeated at the end of each story.
Changes are underway for the University of Minnesota’s Multicultural Greek Council, as its recently elected leaders were joined by a new sorority Sunday night. Brandon Bogan, one of four executive board members nominated and elected earlier this month, will take over the Multicultural Greek Council and its expanded eight chapters in January.
JD Braun never imagined himself joining a fraternity at the University of Minnesota. But when one of his close friends joined the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity during their freshman year, Braun found a home on campus. Braun, now a psychology junior, is gearing up to take on the role of president of the Interfraternity Council next month, making him head of the governing body of campus fraternity chapters. He plans to use this newfound authority to focus on safety and cohesion in the greek community.
They can be seen in the Knoll area, often surrounded by a group of curious spectators, precariously balancing on a thin line that sways with the wind and bends under the weight of its user. Sometimes, though, authority figures drive balancing students to dismount their lines before gravity does.
University of Minnesota students are joining Boynton Health Service in a new group that aims to confront mental illnesses head-on. The student group, De-Stress, is part of Boynton’s larger goal to provide more student resources that aim to prevent mental health conditions rather than treat them, while also attempting to down stigmas surrounding diseases associated with stress.
Some University of Minnesota fraternity members say they’re faced with the tough decision of staying quiet or standing up and saying something — and potentially putting their reputation on the line — when their fellow brothers are harassing women at parties. And this type of internal conflict isn’t uncommon, members say. Brothers may feel pressured to conform to what they think is society’s view of masculinity, which in turn can perpetuate problems within the greek community, like sexual harassment and hazing.
Rows of pairs of shoes lined the Washington Avenue Bridge late last month, each pair representing a life lost in the United States since 2000 as a result of police brutality. Amid national controversies involving police officers, a group of social-justice-minded students at the University of Minnesota, Students United Against Police Brutality, is hoping to bring awareness to issues regarding police misconduct, racism and corruption in the campus community and across the country.