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Greek, congregate housing under new guidance

Recently-introduced housing guidelines mandate that bedrooms should have no more than two people in them at any given time, and communal spaces should have no more than five people.

JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen reporter

October 29, 2020

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued new guidelines for Greek and congregate housing at institutions of higher education, limiting the number of people allowed to live in a unit because of COVID-19. The guidance went into effect Oct. 20. “The governor is concerned about increases in positive cases, ...

Dairy Center implements security measures for animals after calf was stolen

Dairy Center implements security measures for animals after calf was stolen

JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen reporter

September 23, 2020

After the recent theft of a 7-day-old calf, WSU’s Knott Dairy Center is restricting access to their animals.  The WSU Police Department arrested Luke Wolfisberg, fraternity member of Phi Sigma Kappa and former employee of Knott Dairy Center, for second-degree burglary for allegedly stealing the ca...

OPINION: Students, admin are both to blame for COVID spike

It's tempting to cast blame on one group, but students and admin are both equally responsible for the COVID-19 problems in Pullman.

MEGHAN HENRY, Evergreen columnist

September 17, 2020

As COVID-19 cases rise dramatically in the Pullman, people are beginning to point fingers, and many are choosing sides. In most people’s minds, it’s either the students or the administration who should take the blame for the sudden jump. But with such last-minute decisions made by the university,...

Greek community responds to pandemic

Greek chapters must do non-social events virtually because of CORE. The COVID-19 Organization Response Expectations document outlines guidelines for sorority and fraternity members to follow so they comply with COVID-19 guidelines. Non-social events that cannot be done virtually require masks and social distancing.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

September 17, 2020

Greek chapter facilities are required to follow COVID-19 guidelines set forth by the state and Greek councils and may be liable to a conduct review process if an alleged violation is reported. The Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council developed a COVID-19 Organizat...

Parents of Sam Martinez sue WSU, Alpha Tau Omega, fraternity members

WSU Freshman Sam Martinez passed away in November 2019 at the ATO fraternity house from acute alcohol intoxication.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

August 17, 2020

Alpha Tau Omega fraternity's six-year suspension is only a slap on the wrist compared to the loss Jolayne Houtz and her family will deal with for the rest of their lives, she said. “He was full of life, full of dreams and ideas,” Hector Martinez said. “He was the joy of our life.” Hout...

‘Home to me means being with my sisters’

President Mailari Munoz said she felt like an outcast before joining the Kappa Delta Chi multicultural sorority at WSU.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

August 17, 2020

When Mailari Munoz gets a good grade and posts about it on Snapchat, she can expect her sorority sisters to swipe up and send her congratulatory messages. After transferring to WSU when she was 21, Munoz wanted to find her place in the university. When she joined Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc., Rho Ch...

WSU Greek chapter chartered by first Native American sorority in country

WSU's Xi chapter of the Alpha Pi Omega sorority has been chartered this month. Members, from left to right: Kaitlin Srader, Isabel Walker and Hailey Crow.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

July 24, 2020

Alpha Pi Omega Sorority chartered WSU’s Xi chapter this month, allowing it to become a fully-fledged chapter to the sorority. Three members founded the chapter to create a support system for themselves and other Native American women.  Established in 1994, Alpha Pi Omega is the first Native Ame...

Fall sorority recruitment moves online

New member recruitment will take place online due to COVID-19. Recruitment guides like the Rho Gammas will be working online.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

July 24, 2020

WSU’s Panhellenic Council moved recruitment online due to COVID-19. The event schedule will remain the same as previous years but will be conducted online for fall.  Corissa Cruzen, PHC vice president of membership recruitment, said the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life decided all Greek com...

Phi Delta Theta returns to WSU in August

WSU's Phi Delta Theta chapter was suspended in 2016 after allegations of misconduct. The fraternity is returning to campus in August.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

June 22, 2020

Phi Delta Theta’s suspension will end Aug. 1 after being investigated in 2016 for different types of misconduct, including underage drinking. “The actions the group took weren’t representative of the values of Phi Delta Theta,” said Greg Rush, Phi Delta Theta expansion consultant. “Our response...

WSU Greek members talk about changes in Greek life due to COVID-19

Conner Zimbelman, sophomore construction management major and Phi Sigma Kappa member, said Greek members have to abide by specific rules while staying in the house.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

March 27, 2020

Editor's Note: This story was updated to add and clarify information about the service requirements for members of the Greek community. Normally, when students return from spring break they expect to return to university life and for new Greek recruits, to be initiated into their house. This year wa...

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