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MGC chalks sidewalk to promote awareness

A colorful chalking, created by members of the Multicultural Greek Council, greeted students passing by the Amphitheater last night.

The MGC executive board decided to chalk the Amphitheater in an effort to raise awareness about multicultural fraternities and sororities at the University.

The chalking consists of eight panels, one for the MGC and seven for each of its member organizations, including Lambda Upsilon Lambda, Lambda Phi Epsilon and Delta Lambda Phi Fraternities, Inc., and Alpha Kappa Delta Phi, Lambda Theta Alpha, Sigma Psi Zeta and Theta Nu Xi Sororities, Inc.

The MGC is one of the four Greek governing councils at the University, including the Inter-Fraternity Council, the Inter-Sorority Council and the Black Fraternal Council.

Founded at the University 14 years ago, the MGC is the youngest of the Greek Councils. MGC Parliamentarian May Kanti noted that unlike other Greek organizations, none of the MGC member organizations have a permanent house.

"We want to make the statement that we're here to stay," Kanti said.

The MGC represents a diverse demography, including Asian, Hispanic and multi-racial students.

The Council was founded because its member organizations did not fit into the existing Greek Councils, according to its Web site.

"One of our goals is to show that the MGC is not defined by ethnic groups," Kanti said.

The newest member of the MGC is Delta Lambda Phi, a fraternity for gay and bisexual men.

Delta Lambda Phi President Tom Stephansky said the MGC has helped his fraternity grow to eight active members.

Stephansky also said he is optimistic about the future of the Council.

"It would be great to have a female counterpart to our organization someday," he said.

MGC President Tuan Huynh said awareness and publicity are the greatest issues the organization faces today.

Huynh said he hoped to change the "preconceived notions" that entering students had about Greek life.

Huynh said he is a strong believer that student self-governance will increase diversity at the University.

"If you want something done, you've got to do it yourself," he said.


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