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OPINION: Mercer has no place for an openly homophobic fraternity

OPINION: Mercer has no place for an openly homophobic fraternity

Sarah Moore, Staff Writer April 14, 2021
On the surface, there seems to be nothing wrong with allowing BYX into Mercer’s Interfraternity Council (IFC). According to their purpose, BYX exists to “establis[h] brotherhood and unity among college men based on the common bond of Jesus Christ.” However, a cursory Google search of the organization quickly reveals the reason Mercer cannot allow BYX to charter a chapter on our campus: the fraternity has a long history of openly discriminating against the LGBTQ+ community. 
The Phi Delta Theta house is located in the Mercer University Greek Village. The fraternity was suspended from campus this semester due to alcohol-related Student Code of Conduct violations.

Phi Delta Theta Fraternity suspended due to student conduct violations

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor January 13, 2021
The Georgia Gamma chapter of Phi Delta Theta at Mercer University has been suspended from campus due to alcohol-related Student Code of Conduct violations from the fall 2020 semester, according to Carrie Ingoldsby, advisor of Mercer’s Interfraternity Council.
Panhellenic bid day moving to virtual format

Panhellenic bid day moving to virtual format

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor September 10, 2020
The National Panhellenic Council made the decision to move all organization “bid days” to a virtual format Sept. 9.
Panhellenic recruitment to be fully virtual

Panhellenic recruitment to be fully virtual

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor August 29, 2020
Mercer’s Panhellenic chapters—Alpha Delta Pi, Chi Omega, Alpha Gamma Delta and Phi Mu—will hold each of their three rounds of recruitment via Zoom.
Archived photo by Jenna Eason, 2016

Mercer’s delayed recruitment policy is here to stay

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor October 27, 2019
Mercer switched to delayed recruitment in 2017 to improve Greek numbers, GPAs and safety measures. Three years later, students generally disapprove of the policy, but administration says it's been positive for the school.
Greek Village houses the different sororities and fraternities at Mercer.

Mercer sorority members petition to change delayed recruitment guidelines

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor September 18, 2019

Two years after Mercer’s Greek-letter organizations switched to a delayed recruitment policy, nearly 140 women in Panhellenic chapters have signed a petition to reverse the decision. Savannah Lackey...

Letter from Dean Pearson: What every student, faculty and staff should know about Mercer traditions this fall

Douglas Pearson, Vice President and Dean of Students August 17, 2019
In a letter to the editor, Vice President and Dean of Students Douglas Pearson encourages Mercerians to attend upcoming events this fall.
Opinion: Life is Good, so is Greek

Opinion: Life is Good, so is Greek

Julia Partain March 11, 2019

The views expressed in this article solely reflect the author’s opinion and not an opinion held by The Cluster. There was recently an opinion piece published on various reasons why a person should...

Opinion: You should reconsider pledging to Greek life

Opinion: You should reconsider pledging to Greek life

Christian Watson February 12, 2019

Everyone wants to fit in. I know I did at one point in time. This natural human urge may explain why Greek life is a vibrant part of hundreds of campuses across America. This desire exposes itself especially...

Greek life on campus will now be referred to as Fraternity and Sorority programs. Photo by Jenna Eason.

Greek life at Mercer renamed to promote inclusivity

Emily Rose Thorne, News Editor August 16, 2018

Starting this fall, Mercer University will now use the label Fraternity and Sorority Programs (FSP) instead of “Greek life” to refer to its 12 fraternities and 8 sororities. The name change comes during...

Phi Mu sisters yell and laugh when they see their new sisters. Photo by Katie Atkinson.

Have recent changes to Greek recruitment been positive?

Olivia Buckner August 27, 2016

This will be my second year going through recruitment as a member of a Greek organization. I have enjoyed every moment with my sisters — from being recruited to doing the recruiting. But over the last...

 Alpha Tau Omega and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. raised $800 for the Susan G. Komen foundation this past October with a philanthropy powder puff game.

In defense of fraternity men, a member of Alpha Tau Omega speaks out

Christopher Murdock, Contributing Writer April 28, 2016

A fraternity man. What thoughts come to mind when reading those words? Let me guess Total Frat Move, drinking, drugs, exclusivity — all of the above and more. Society makes it seem as if fraternities...

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