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Chico State Greeks turning page, giving back

By Colin Steiner, csteiner@krcrtv.com
Published On: Oct 16 2013 12:19:26 AM CDT
Updated On: Oct 16 2013 01:49:58 AM CDT
CHICO, Calif. -

After a tumultuous year at Chico State that included a suspension of all fraternities and sororities, those organizations are turning the page and using Greek Week 2013 to show they are getting back to their core ideals.

"Things like honor, things like service, things like servitude and the greater good," says Greek Adviser Malcolm McLemore. "These aren't things that are new notions. These are the values that your organizations have and we just want you to live through those values."

Last November the entire Greek system was suspended for not living up to those values.

This year they're showcasing them through events such as blood drives and cancer walks, and the response so far has been huge.

"Monday was record breaking," says Multicultural Greek Council President Steven Tadeo. "(And) within the first two hours today, they had over a hundred people come."

Monday's blood drive saw a record 325 donors give 251 pints of blood.

A Bloodsource supervisor working Tuesday's drive said it would yet again break a school record.

Tadeo says part of the way they are improving their activity level is by keeping each other accountable.

"If your fraternity doesn't go to this event, we're going to get called out," says Tadeo. "If another fraternity or sorority doesn't go to this event, we're going to know because we have a list of who shows up and who doesn't."

L.T. Piver, who works in the fraternity and sorority office and is president of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, says there's excitement to get back to good old fashioned civic minded work and to strengthen the Greek community.

"Everything we do together as Greeks, whether it's a seven a.m. community service event or, if it's blood drives like this, it's always fun when you're with your brothers and your sisters," Piver says. "And it's not just your brothers within your chapter or your sisters within your sorority, it's your extended family, and as Greek life as a whole we're all connected to each other."

To McLemore, who helps oversee all Greek functions, a stronger brotherhood and sisterhood makes for a better Chico community and a better future.

"They're a large organized group who commit hundreds and hundreds, if not thousands, of community service hours for this community," he says. "And they need to realize that they're doing it for themselves too, and those that come after them."

A number of other civic minded events are scheduled for the rest of Greek week.

On Saturday they will be out in Lower Bidwell Park to participate in a "Making Strides" fundraiser walk for the American Cancer Society.