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It’s time for all Greek organizations to get the due credit they deserve

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Photo Courtesy of JSU

Patrick Yim, Staff Writer

“Greek Life” is something that is an apparent staple on most college campuses nationwide. Many people don’t realize that there are a few different categories of what we know as Greek Life. Jacksonville State University has roughly 40 different Greek lettered organizations on its campus that are separated into honor, professional, service, and social categories. However, the Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) office at JSU only actively recognizes the sixteen social organizations in the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), National Pan-hellenic Council (NPHC), and North American Interfraternity Council (IFC). There are those who don’t believe that professional fraternities and Greek honor societies should be involved in the FSL because they are not strictly social organizations specifically set within their specific councils. However, many students, myself included, wonder why those social Greek organizations not under a specific council are not treated with the same standards or respect as the council members.

A primary example is the organization Sigma Alpha Omega. This organization is a social sorority that also has a Christian focus and background. However, while a recognized organization by the Student Government Association, they are not recognized or supported by the Fraternity and Sorority Life office.

In the past, comments discussing Sigma Alpha Omega have been deleted from the JSU Fraternity and Sorority Life social media, which has raised red flags for many students. A member from the JSU Panhellenic Conference said it was done because Sigma Alpha Omega was not on one of the social councils. However, at the time, the FSL social media and JSU website stated that the Fraternity and Sorority Life pages were for all social greek organizations. It has since been updated and changed.The professional fraternities and Greek honor societies are also facing a disadvantage when it comes to recognition and support on social media outside of their individual profiles.

“Our campus is very biased when it comes to the social organizations. We have no representation outside of our personal pages. It is only about their councils,” said Noelani Haberlin, who recently finished serving as president of the Tau Phi Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi. This fraternity is professional-based fraternity with a business focus.

“Marketing from inside our personal organizations is important, but when students come for things such as preview days or orientations, [social organizations] are the ones who get the resources from the school to look better, which gives them an upper hand when it comes to their recruitments. If they would help promote us, even in the slightest bit, it would help us so much. Incoming freshmen have no idea that we exist most times. They are told about IFC, Panhellenic, and NPHC, but they aren’t told about us.”

One of the more concerning issues regarding equal standards with all Greek organizations is in regards to hazing. While at anti-hazing events this fall semester, which are mandatory to attend for all organizations under the Fraternity and Sorority Life office, the administration acknowledged their awareness that some organizations outside of the FSL office have been known for hazing. They encouraged students to speak up if they hear about any incidents, but a big issue is that groups outside of the FSL office are not given the same prevention and awareness training. Some say it doesn’t even matter.

One student who has served with the JSU National Panhellenic Conference this past year said, “I think it is similar to how the D.A.R.E. [America] program works. We can tell people not to do it, but you know. For instance, after the hazing prevention video, I heard some of the fraternity guys saying how they thought that it was all just a bunch of crap.”

At the same time, FSL believes that all the organizations should be held to the same standards. “If one of our social organizations has an incident, we would be in serious and immediate trouble, would be put on probation and would be dealt with immediate consequences. It is mandatory for our organizations to go to these prevention and awareness events but not for professionals or honors. All of these groups, social and professional, are supposed to be brotherhoods and sisterhoods, and it is hard if you don’t feel safe in the organizations, or you aren’t properly trained.”

A prime example is the recent situation surrounding the organization Kappa Kappa Psi, which is a service fraternity. According to members and the administration, the organization has recently been dealt a blow with hazing allegations against the chapter. Due to the incident, JSU has suspended the chapter from campus until the year 2025. As stated previously, administration has acknowledged that hazing has actively occurred in other areas of campus.

If administration knew that this was happening outside of the social FSL organizations, why was nothing done beforehand to help curb this issue affecting outside organizations? FSL is always trying to improve themselves, even more so in the last few years. Due to this, why has no one in or outside the office looked into this sooner.  With negativity towards “Greek Life” nationwide increasing due to hazing incidents, high prices of dues, sexual assault allegations and other factors, it has become extremely important to show incoming students, families, and the local communities that people in Greek lettered organizations are not just stereotypes.

This is something that JSU FSL has been trying to curve with the #knowgreek campaign started by Fraternity and Sorority Life Coordinator Josh Robinson. When the campaign began, some of the professional organization members and leaders also started using the hashtag to help raise awareness about their organizations and issues that are regularly overlooked. They were asked to stop by a member of the JSU National Panhellenic Conference and have since been mostly using #gogreekgoprofessional.

Many people don’t realize that professional fraternities and the Greek honor societies face most of the same issues as social organizations. Regardless of professional, social, honor, or service status, all of these organizations use the Greek letters the same.

“When I see [Greek] letters, I honestly just see them all as Greek life,” said JSU student Dejah Estes. When she first arrived at JSU as a freshman, Estes was heavily interested in rushing for a social sorority. Unfortunately, due to funds and time she was unable to rush.

“I think either social or professional would have been beneficial. They all have their own things that make them good choices. If I had the time and funds, I would even consider joining both a professional and social organization.”

At this point, there are many issues that Greek individuals face. Many students, especially those involved in professional organizations, have voiced their concerns, but they unfortunately have not been fully heard. One suggestion has been for the university to hire someone who is solely dedicated to supporting, promoting, working with, and tracking the progress of professional fraternities and Greek honor societies. Not only would this help give the non council and professional organizations the support that they have been asking for and need, but this would ensure the organizations have someone to report to who could make sure that all groups are following standards and are given proper training to prevent hazing.

Could this not be accomplished by the Student Government Association Vice President of Organizational Affairs (VPOA)? On one level, yes, but Haberlin explained why, overall, this doesn’t work.“The VPOA is an elected position. They are elected by the students, and they cycle out almost every year. It isn’t a permanent position like the Fraternity and Sorority Life coordinator. There isn’t that same type of accountability. It is always changing while the social organizations have a constant dedicated person from the university whose paid purpose is to work with them.”

Another flaw with the VPOA position being the only coordinator is they are also responsible for keeping up with all the other organizations on campus. If the non-council, professional and honor organizations were held under the same umbrella, or if they had someone to act in the same capacity, it could alleviate many of the issues. There is another reason to hire a person to act in the same capacity as the FSL coordinator or bring the outside organizations under the umbrella: looking at the membership numbers of the sixteen or so social Greek lettered organizations in FSL, there are roughly 1,200 members between the three councils. The remaining Greek lettered organizations have 1,459 members combined. Some of this is overlap but not as much as you would think. It is important to note that the numbers for ten of the professional/honor organizations have not been counted as there is no official record with the school containing the numbers. The missing ten organizations have not yet responded and were not able to be factored into the professional/honor organization count. This also does not include social organizations not on councils or the new organization Pi Kappa Alpha, also known as “PIKE”, as Pi Kappa Alpha is still in their colonization process.Taking into consideration the numbers so far, we can see that there are almost 300 more members than those registered under FSL and twenty-three unaccounted-for organizations compared to the sixteen organizations that the Fraternity and Sorority Life office recognizes.

With so many skill, networking, service, and development opportunities within the Greek community, it is a shame that not only the Fraternity and Sorority Life office but also Jacksonville State University do not acknowledge these organizations along with their social council counterparts. So, again, why treat them separately? Why not represent all sides of the Greek community on this campus? While I do not personally have membership in any of the social organizations, it cannot go without saying that these groups have merits that help students just as much as the professional groups. That is why they have lasted as long as they have. However, many feel that it is time for the rest of these organizations to get the due credit that they have been missing. Most the professional and honor organizations have start dates from the same years or earlier than those of some social groups. They are nothing new and should not be held at a lower standard or recognition than they deserve.

Alpha Omicron Pi uses Mardi Gras to raise funds for arthritis foundation

Alpha Omnicron Pi's 2019 Mardi Gras Parade
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JSU Students march in the 2019 Alpha Omicron Pi Mardi Gras Parade

Patrick Yim, Special to the Chanticleer

In March, the sisters of the Delta Epsilon Chapter of  Alpha Omicron Pi gathered together with friends and community members to celebrate Mardi Gras. They also worked to raise funds for their organization’s national philanthropy, the Arthritis National Research Foundation.

What is the Arthritis National Research Foundation? The ANRF is a nonprofit organization that services to individuals dealing with the struggles of arthritis. They also work to research ways to combat the issue and hopefully find a cure.

While this is only the second year that the sorority has done a Mardi Gras festival and parade, they still received great support in their endeavors raising a finally total of 12,487 dollars, with twelve different individuals and organizations supporting in the parade, and 150 to 200 people in attendance at the parade and festival.

“Funds were raised in multiple different ways,” explained current philanthropy chair for the sorority chapter,” Taylor Anne Beckham. “Our main source of money came through Crowd Change donations; however, we also sold tickets for gumbo plates, and organizations paid to participate in the parade. The Mardi Gras King and Queen contestants also helped to contribute over 3,500 dollars to our overall amount raised. At the celebration, we sold raffle tickets, and families purchased bounce house wristbands, face painting sessions, and delicious cotton candy [made by the members].”

In their first year, the chapter raised around 9,000 dollars. This is a pretty sizeable accomplishment, especially for a first attempt.

“If we can increase our amount every year, I am confident we can impact the lives of many!”

When people come together for a cause, those on the outside sometimes wonder, why do they do it, is it worth it, or what’s the point? Here is what Beckham had to say.

“I personally believe it is important to pour love and compassion into your surrounding community no matter where you live. I grew up in a small Tennessee town where everyone worked together cohesively for the betterment of the community, school, and each other. I truly believe that one cannot succeed without the help of another! I want to give back not only to the Arthritis Foundation but also to JSU and the Jacksonville community because they have given so much to me!”

Whatever the cause may be, remember, that you can make a difference. The important thing is that you did something to help.

Who will be the next drag superstar?

Patrick Yim, Special to the Chanticleer

Drag Race is coming through, bigger and bolder than ever! For those who have not seen the show, RuPaul’s Drag Race is a show that takes drag performers and pits them against each other, competing to become America’s next drag superstar.

The show, which began in 2009, has now cycled through ten full regular seasons, as well as four seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. During the show, competitors, known as queens, compete in two different challenges each episode. The first is known as a Mini-Challenge where queens play small games in the workroom. These challenges typically give an advantage to the winner for the main challenge, known as Maxi-Challenges.

In a Maxi-Challenge, queens will compete in different skills, such as acting, singing, sewing, design, marketing, etc. The reason for these challenges is to see who, if crowned, would be a better representative, not only for the Rupaul legacy, but also for themselves. This competition is a process to help them better themselves for sustainability in the real world as a performer.

For many, the most exciting part of the show comes at the end of an episode. While the show is helping all queens perform better, it is still a competition, and one or more queen is sent home each week. The elimination process in the regular seasons is called the Lip-Sync for Your Life. When two queens are placed at the bottom, they perform a lip-sync to a song selected by the judges. The queen who outshines and outperforms the song is told “Shantay you stay,” by RuPaul, while the weaker performer is told to “Sashay away.”

The queens are given the list of songs for every episode at the beginning of the season, but they don’t know which song will be performed until elimination day, so it is important that they learn their words. There have been times where a queen was either a better performer or a better competitor, but not knowing their words proved detrimental. This caused them to inevitably be forced to sashay away.

Previous winners who have Shantayed all the way to the crown in order of crowning are: Bebe Zahara Benet (season 1), Tyra Sanchez (season 2), Raja Gemini (season 3), Sharon Needles (season 4), Chad Michaels (All Stars 1), Jinkx Monsoon (season 5), Bianca Del Rio (season 6), Violet Chachki (season 7), Bob the Drag Queen (season 8), Alaska Thunderf*** (All Stars 2) Sasha Velour (season 9), Trixie Mattel (All Stars 3), Aquaria (season 10), and most recently Monet X Change and Trinity “The Tuck” Taylor from the most reason of All Stars.

After hitting the decade mark this past summer, the show is jumping into season eleven with a star many know well, Miley Cyrus. Cyrus will help launch season eleven as the special opening musical guest judge. This has become something the show has teased in recent years at the beginning of seasons to encourage viewers to watch their favorite stars.

Past seasons have included guests such as Christina Aguilera (season 10)  and Lady Gaga (season 9) for their openings. Other special guest judges include names such as Bob Mackie, Vanessa Williams, Kathy Najimy, Debbie Reynolds, Lily Tomlin, Loretta Divine, Tamar Braxton, Kesha, Shay Mitchell, Ellen Pompeo, and many more.

This new season boasts that it will be bigger and better than past seasons as it not only starts the second decade of RuPaul’s Drag Race, but this is the largest group of contestants the show has ever brought into the workroom. With 15 queens, the show is also heading to a new showtime, Thursdays at 9pm/8pm central, starting on February 28, 2019 on VH1. Other plays and reruns will appear on Logo.

Some of the major names that many super fans have already been talking about are the three Davenports: A’Keria Chanel Devenport, Honey Davenport, and Ra’jah D. O’Hara. The Davenport drag family has become a major name on drag race, ever since Sahara Davenport competed back in season 2.

Outside of the Davenports, there are some pretty big names. However, none  possibly as infamous as Vanessa Vanjie Mateo. Mateo originally appeared on season 10 in 2018, but their time was cut short, as they were eliminated in the first episode. They are  remembered for their backwards walk as they exited the runway repeating their middle name in a slow and exaggerated manner. Even RuPaul couldn’t hold back from chuckling throughout the season as queens and judges alike held on to that phrase as it became a meme throughout the drag community.

The fifteen competitors include: A’keria Chanel Daveport, Ariel Versace, Brooke Lynn Hytes, Honey Davenport, Kahana Montrese, Mercedes Iman Diamond, Nina West, Plastique Tiara, Ra’jah O’Hara, Scarlet Envy, Shuga Cain, Silky Nutmeg Ganache, Soju, Yvie Oddly, and the big return of Vanessa Vanjie Mateo.

To find out who will “Shantay” and who will “sashay”, make sure to follow RuPaul’s Drag Race on social media and tune in to the show on Thursdays.

Being “clubbed” to death: With so many clubs, some students find time for everything

featured photo by Matt Reynolds/JSU

Brittany Robertson, Staff Writer

Entering freshman year at college comes with a lot of options. Be the stereotypical lazy college student whose idea of a good night is an extra-large cheese pizza, copious amounts of beer and video games, or the over achiever whose only interest is to finish that research paper that is due in two weeks. So, what is a happy middle? Joining a on campus organization. But how far is too far?

All the Choices

Jacksonville State University is home to over 100 on campus clubs, organizations and religious groups for students to join. At the beginning of each school year, the Student Government Association holds an event called Get On Board Day, which showcases a majority of the groups on campus as a way to encourage students to get involved on campus. However, for some, one group is not enough.

“Originally, I wasn’t going to join anything,” junior Patrick Yim said, “but I found one that I enjoyed and started joining more and more until I got where I am now.”

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Patrick Yim, a junior communication major. (Photo courtesy of Morgan Worsham/Student Photography Corps)

Yim is a communication major, so being involved in multiple organizations makes sense for his major. Yim is currently a member of eleven organizations including, and in the spring of 2017 was the President of Students for Equality, the President of Zeta Phi Eta and the Vice President of the Student Alumni Association.

Another student, senior Psychology major Paris Coleman, is also a member of multiple organizations. Coleman has placed himself in eight organizations, four of which are a part of the Greek order: Alpha Kappa Psi, Sigma Alpha Pi, Psi Chi and Kappa Alpha Psi.

“I joined so many because I enjoy being able to have a direct, positive influence on people,” Coleman said, “and what better way to do so than to place myself in the correct positions to do so?”

Corin Manning, a sophomore double major in political science and geography, channeled her enthusiasm into the nine organizations she joined, including Delta Zeta, the Student Senate, where she served as Publicity Committee Head, the Honors Program and the Student Activities Council.

“Honestly, I like being involved and meeting new people,” Manning said. “Being in organizations as résumé builders is the least of my concerns. Personally, I like to see active involvement, students feeling at home and giving equal opportunity to everyone to join something on campus. My goal for anything I do is to improve and keep the organization moving upward. I love this campus and the people who go here and being in several organizations helps me meet new people constantly.”

Balancing Studies and Activities

But with being involved comes the added stress of being active without letting grades and GPA plummet. So, how does one keep the balance?

“During registration, I normally plan my schedule around the times that my organization would have events, so I can participate in them,” Coleman said. “I also don’t try to go over 17 hours, because involvement in all of my organizations is like a course load in itself. I try to make sure my studies come first, but I have such a passion for people that I often do the exact opposite. But for me to dedicate so much to other people, I have time to look at my studies and complete what is necessary.”

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Paris Coleman has also served as an RA for Housing. (Photo via JSU Housing and Residence Life/Facebook)

Active members of clubs could spend up to eleven hours a week at basic meetings. That does not include the bake sale that goes on during an English class or the 5k that is being held the morning before a huge exam. So being a part of a club and actively doing something requires a lot of effort, timing and scheduling, but that does not mean it is impossible.

“Granted, I do not attend every activity by every organization, but that does not make me a bad member,” Manning said. “I attend the majority of the events we host, but if I cannot attend…they understand what is going on with my coursework and are fine with me missing the activity. Normally, I will do my work during my breaks or when I have down time at work. Any free time I have is dedicated to my classes or the organizations that I am in charge of. What I do that helps is treat the organizations like homework and say they are assignments to be completed like filing paperwork or doing new things.

In addition to the time demands, there is also the issue of money. A majority of on-campus organizations have a fee that incoming members pay each year or semester. Fees are what usually scare off potential members; however, some groups do not require such fees, such as the Writers’ Club or the Student Government Association.

“On the financial aspect, I was conscience of the group I joined,” Yim said. “I almost refused to do anything social because it literally is costing you money to be a part of it. While it is good for some, it is not for me. I prefer academic groups because it is more about your skills and strengths as opposed to your social standing.”

Fighting the Stigma

At Get On Board Day, incoming freshmen are able to shop around for clubs and groups that they may find enjoyable. However, most are intimidated by the stigma that if they join more than two groups they will be seen as just adding things to build their résumés. While for some that may be true, Manning disagrees.

“I do not really think there is a stigma other than the fact with being in multiple I have more connections than maybe someone who is in two organizations or one,” Manning said. “However, for incoming freshmen, I would not do it until you get used to being in one or two, so you can get used to the workload of your classes and try to find who you are. People change majors a lot or find they are too swamped from classes to participate, so I suggest to join one or two and gradually add organizations as you wish to start getting to what you like specifically.”

It is also worth noting that just by being a student at the university, incoming freshmen are already a part of the Student Government Association. Certain departments have their own groups as well, such as the Earth Club for Earth science majors, business fraternities for Business majors, Alpha Psi Omega for theatre majors and minors and many more. So even if freshmen do not know which group to join, they have the option of being involved in something pertaining to their major.

Coleman and Yim, however, feel that there is a stigma but have decided to ignore it and break through it.

“There is a stigma to being part of so many, even close friends have told me that they feel like I don’t need anymore résumé boosters,” Coleman said. “But they don’t see my intrinsic motivation. Yes, those extra lines are a small perk to what I do, but that’s not why I do it. I do it because if I don’t, I don’t know if anyone else will. I am more than capable, I am more than willing, I am more. People often mistake my actions for giving up my time, when I am really just gaining more time and experience for the future.”

To incoming freshmen and upperclassman students alike, let it be known that there is so much more to being in multiple organizations than just résumé building.

“I think being in multiple organizations helps me personally,” Manning said. “I am a very outgoing person and I mean that. I love to surround myself with people and do things. Aside from making friendships, I make connections with people that I could be able to access for help with certain courses and other organizations to make joint events.”

Officers for Zeta Phi Eta communication professional fraternity for 2017-2018 are, from left: Bethany Hunt; Brett Thornburg; Corin Manning; Patrick Yim, President and Monica Nabors. (Photo via Morgan Worsham/Student Photography Corps).

SGA Senate nominations released

Patrick Yim, Special to the Chanticleer

The following 39 names are those students who have been approved for election to one of the 30 JSU Student Senate seats. The Student Senate acts as the legislative branch of the Student Government Association. They are responsible for creating and amending the JSU Code of Laws. If selected, these students will be responsible for making sure that JSU is a better place for all students.

During the election on March 9, 2017, each student currently registered and taking classes will be allowed to vote for three separate senators.

The choices for Student Senate are as follows:

1. Coleman Amason

2. William Arrington

3. Malin Barber

4. Jesse Battles

5. Rebekah Beasley

6. Jenna Bennett

7. Whitney Bennet

8. Mohammed Bouzouba

9. Bailee Bryant

10. Kaitlynn Campbell

11. Evan Clarke

12. William Daniel

13. Tyler Elsberry

14. Laci Gurganus

15. Clay Hardin

16. DeLena Harris

17. Hailye Hatton

18. Gregory Heathcock

19. Ulises Herrera

20. Ethan Jackson

21. Corin Manning

22. Will Milner

23. Hannah Nelson

24. Brad Nevels

25. Olivia Parsons

26. Tayor Register

27. Abbie Shipp

28. Beau Steelman

29. Jonathan Summerlin

30. Desmond Thomas

31. Macy Thomas

32. Philip Tice

33. Ty Tidwell

34. Chase Todd

35. Steven Trotter

36. Rachel Wallace

37. Abby Warren

38. Kyra Watral