Note: Originally published on Sept. 20.
Greek life has been in the hot seat since the first week of school when President McConnell stated in an email that the College has “suspended all alcohol-related social activities for its fraternities and sororities effective immediately.” In the same email, McConnell clearly said “this is not a knee-jerk reaction to an isolated incident.” Flash forward fewer than ten days to when The Post and Courier released details regarding a fraternity brother at the College, Timothy Eli Seppi, being arrested and charged with first- and third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. The chapter of Seppi’s fraternity was closed the same day as McConnell’s email.
Newsfeeds have been flooded recently with articles of arrests, drug rings and sexual misconduct in the Greek community. Meanwhile, the College of Charleston was selected for an expansion effort by Delta Tau Delta for reasons including “the level of support the school provides to Greek organizations,” stated Chapter Leadership Consultant Mark Lipnickey.
Why would a new fraternity want to colonize in the midst of all this controversy? Delta Tau Delta has a focus on the greater good and “sometimes that challenges what is traditionally associated with being Greek on a campus,” stated Lipnickey. The recent scandals on campus have not gone unnoticed, but Lipnickey said they have been able to keep their “focus on building an organization that is focused on academics, service and leadership.”
The fraternity’s commitment to service appears to be an unwavering one. The new members have already completed a service project, and reached out to organizations like the Center for Civic Engagement in search of additional community partners. Lipnickey anticipates that the faithful focus on service will continue through recruiting men who have the same motivation to give back to the community and the same commitment to “the constant pursuit of a life of excellence.” Furthermore, because the fraternity is not currently having rush, more people can join unfiltered, leading to a larger and more diverse group.
“We could not be more excited to be establishing a colony at the College of Charleston, and I am personally incredibly excited to see the good work these young men will do,” concluded Lipnickey.