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Fraternity hosts first event since suspension

Fraternity hosts first event since suspension

April 17
11:26 2013

Ben Peyton / Senior Staff Writer

The Delta Sigma Phi fraternity is holding its first Greek Life event since the Dean of Students Maureen McGuinness lifted the suspension on March 28. The fraternity was suspended for allegedly furnishing alcohol to minors.

The fraternity is participating in a three-day event to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, called Doggy Days. Other fraternities, sororities and groups are competing to raise the most amount of money on campus, said Luis Enrique Valle, Delta Sigma Phi philanthropy chairman.

“It’s definitely something that our brothers have been looking forward to, just having an event,” he said. “And it’s definitely brought us closer.”

The university suspended the fraternity on Feb. 20, after an incident on Feb. 16 where minors were allegedly furnished alcohol after the Greek Life Alcohol Ban was enacted on Feb. 7, said UNT spokesperson Kelley Reese.

McGuinness lifted the suspension after an investigation found that there was not enough evidence to prove Delta Sigma Phi ever violated the Student Code of Conduct, according to a letter from the Assistant Director of the Dean of Students Brooke Everette to Delta Sigma Phi.

A Cross Council Scholarship and a Cross Council representative were created this semester after the alcohol ban to create more unity in the Greek Life Community.

Interfraternity Council president Colby Garza said he was encouraged by Greek Life members’ willingness to address the alcohol ban, Garza said.

“We just want to show everybody that at the end of the day that we are not just here to party,” Garza said.

Doggy Days includes a hot dog eating contest, a Popsicle doghouse building competition, and a dog runway show. Students can donate to the cause by approaching any of the tabled teams on campus this week, Valle said.

“Since it is close to the end of the year we’re just really excited to go out with a bang this semester, and hopefully there’s something even better next semester,” Valle said.

The Greek Life Alcohol Ban is still in effect and could be addressed by the end of the semester after the Task Force, assembled by McGuinness, has made all its recommendations, Reese said.

Investigations into the alleged violations of student code of conduct on Jan. 26, where a Sigma Nu fraternity member Dustin Starks was injured and led to a Greek Life alcohol ban, is still pending, according to the Dean of Students office.

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