Greek News

ZPhiB Spades Tournament

March 28th, 2013

“ZPhiB Spades Tournament”

Monday, April 1st, 2013


Newcomb Kaleidoscope Room

Come out to a night filled with fun and competition. Teams of 2 can sign up in advance at or come the day of, $3 per team! Raffle tickets will be sold at door for smaller prizes and a grand prize of a $50 Visa Card (cash money) goes to final champions (winning team of 2)!

2013 Greek Awards Nominations!

March 8th, 2013


Apply or Nominate for Greek Awards 2013!

The 2013 Greek Awards are coming!  On Tuesday, April 23, the Office of the Dean of Students/ Fraternity & Sorority Life will be hosting the 2013 Greek Awards Ceremony and State of the Greek Community Address to honor those chapters and individuals who have made outstanding accomplishments and significantly contributed to the betterment of the Greek community.  The event will feature an awards ceremony and annual State of the Greek Community presentation. The awards ceremony will take place in the Newcomb Theater, and will include a reception in the lobby.

Link to all award forms:

This year’s awards will include:

Greek Person of the Year:
Intramural Sports:
Most Improved Chapter:
Outstanding Alumna/us or Advisor:
Outstanding Chapter:
Outstanding Chapter President:
Outstanding Educational Program:
Outstanding Emerging Leader:
Outstanding Inter-Greek Partnership:
Outstanding Philanthropic Program:
Outstanding Service to the Community:
Outstanding New Member Education Program:

Award application/nomination forms are available on the FSL web site and distributed to all chapters via email; all applications must be complete no later April 1.

Preparing for winter weather

March 5th, 2013

As Charlottesville prepares for the potential of a significant winter weather event, please be sure that you are making the necessary preparations for snow and ice removal.  Chapters should be equipped with a plan for removal, especially around sidewalks and walkways.  A shovel, rock salt, and other snow related equipment should be in the chapter’s possession for use if needed.

Our staff will continue to monitor the forecasts and provide updates as necessary.


Charlottesville and Albemarle County policy states:

All snow/ice must be removed from sidewalks and walkways managed by city and county public works within twenty four (24) hours of the last snow.   Should County and City Property Maintenance Inspectors find properties without cleared sidewalks and/or walkways, they will issue a twenty-four (24) hour warning by posting or hand-delivering this notice to the occupant of the property.  If after twenty-four (24) hours the snow/ice is still present, a city hired contractor will clear the areas in noncompliance at the cost of the owner/occupant(s).  Be advised, the cost to the owner/occupant will be substantially more expensive than the typical rate, so please make arrangements to have all snow/ice removed from your property within the twenty-four (24) hour time frame required by the new policy.

Call for ‘Hoolites

March 5th, 2013

Does your chapter have a point of pride that you want to share with the community? FSL wants to hear about them! Send us a brief overview of what your chapter is proud of to Emily Richonne (, and we’ll include it in next month’s edition of the Greek News.

Additionally, if your chapter is hosting an event in April or May that you would like to tell the community about, send a brief advertisement with event details to Emily Richonne to be featured in the April Greek News!

Closing Houses for Spring Break

March 5th, 2013

As you prepare to leave your fraternity/sorority houses for Spring Break, please make sure to take a moment and follow some simple safety tips to ensure the security of your house:

-Lock all exterior doors and windows.
-Unplug any unnecessary accessories or appliances.
-Lock up any valuables – e.g. audio equipment, personal belongings, etc.
-If a member will be in town over the break, ask him or her to inspect the premises for any red flags such as a broken window.
-Have a list of Emergency or local Charlottesville maintenance contacts with you during your travels.

Contact Charlotte Fraser at with any questions or concerns.

Be On the Lookout…

March 5th, 2013

…For the Office of the Dean of Students’ new website, ‘Hoos Against Hazing! The new site will include educational resources, prevention materials, current events, and a form to report hazing incidents. The site will launch this spring and the University hopes it will become an integral tool in the prevention of hazing for the entire University community. Fraternity and Sorority Life is proud to be a partner in this initiative and we look forward to revealing the website to our Greek community. Feel free to contact Charlotte Fraser at with any questions.

Step Up UVA

March 5th, 2013

The Step Up UVA initiative purpose is to combat the social norm of bystander behavior—that is, to encourage and empower students to recognize, react and respect at the University of Virginia. As students of the University, it is our responsibility to remain active and vocal participants in our community. A certain social norm – the “bystander effect,” threatens our community and results in the acceptance of disrespectful behavior among peers. We are committed to the mission of defining appropriate social behavior and believe it is not only possible but imperative that students and others take a stand against the behaviors that threaten this community.
To request a training, please fill out the Training Request Form or email Logistics Coordinator, Liz Brailsford. A training counts towards an FOA program.

Noise and Neighborhood Relations

March 5th, 2013

The fraternity and sorority community made great progress in the fall semester with respect to neighborhood relations, noise, and trash. As we approach warmer weather, chapters must continue to be mindful of maintaining strong neighborhood relations by limiting noise, cleaning up trash, and engaging local residents in a respectful manner.

With this in mind, we ask that you spend some time discussing the noise ordinance with your chapter. By implementing practical strategies, fraternities and sororities can avoid receiving a noise violation and strengthen neighborhood relations. The following is a list of tips and strategies designed to help chapters in this regard:

  • Be mindful of the noise level at off Grounds residences, especially fraternities and sororities. Amplified sound and speakers outside of a house attract attention and the level of noise produced can result in a police response. Please keep noise levels to an acceptable level.
  • Clean up trash and debris from the area outside of your house. The IFC outlines that all yards must be clean and clear by 10am each morning.
  • Introduce yourself to your neighbors who are both students and long-term residents.
  • When engaging with neighbors – be polite, respectful, and courteous. Regardless of the venue or time of day, student leaders are always representing their fraternity/sorority and the University.

When having parties, limit your guest list to a reasonable number of people.


March 5th, 2013

As new leaders transition into their position and as we prepare for the arrival of spring weather, it’s important that you are aware of the regulations surrounding the use of bamboo in fraternity/sorority facilities. These guidelines were developed by the City of Charlottesville Fire Department/Fire Marshal.

Bamboo Guidelines
• Cut bamboo is not approved to be used for indoor decoration or construction
• Cut bamboo must be kept 20 feet from building and exit ways
• Any structure over 200 square feet or with a roof or a platform constructed of bamboo must be approved by either Neighborhood Development Services (City of Charlottesville) or the County Building Official (depending on location)
• Cut bamboo must be removed promptly after the event has ended
• All leaves must be removed from the cut bamboo before it can be used as a decorative material
• Note that these guidelines also apply to facilities in the County.

If you have any questions about these guidelines please contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 434-970-3325

NPHC Elections

March 5th, 2013

The National Pan-Hellenic Council recently elected leaders to serve for the 2013 calendar year.
They are:
- President – Ebonie Williams – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
- Vice President of Programs – Jordan Jackson – Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
- Vice President of Outreach – DJ Cunningham – Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
- Treasurer – Shernai Banks – Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Congratulations to the newly elected leaders!