Epsilon Iota Sigma Hosts Fraternity and Sorority Symposium

By Loree Iverson, Student Intern CHASS College Computing
May 18, 2010 

The notion that fraternity and sorority students are solely concerned with the frivolities of partying, pledging new members and sitting indolently commons is a typecast that Epsilon Iota Sigma attempted to overturn during the first ever Fraternity and Sorority Symposium that was held on Saturday, April 24th in the University Lecture Hall. The event invited a vast group of attendees from different campus organizations who presented their research to an audience of friends, faculty, staff and parents.

Based on academic and professional interests, the EIS-hosted event was both a classroom for guests and a training ground for future professionals. The symposium focused on around four main principles: creating an environment where students could share research, forming a space where socially remote councils were encouraged to create bonds, establishing a venue for students to practice public speaking and building a positive perception of fraternities and sororities.

Emmanuel Gutierrez, Cyrena Shirley, Amelia Shore, and Zanju Zacharias presented papers ranging in topics from a sociological view of relationships and cheating, to a philosophical analysis of the 1953 coup led by the United States in Iran. Presentations were then evaluated by guest judges Dean Stephen Cullenberg and Associate Dean Steven Brint. “I commend Epsilon Iota Sigma for initiating this event, which I hope will become institutionalized as an important part of the campus undergraduate academic experience every spring,” said Brint.

The FSS was a project supported by various staff and faculty as contributors, including Chancellor Timothy White, Vice Chancellor James Sandoval, and Dean of Students Susan Allen Ortega. The inaugural event was exclusively for students in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, but plans to expand the opportunity to students in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and the Bourns College of Engineering are underway.

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