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The Impressions of Allen Kleiner

The Impressions of Allen Kleiner

By Mara Shapiro

April 28, 2014

Freshman in Engineering Allen Kleiner knew he wanted to rush a fraternity prior to arriving on campus. However, he didn’t expect to feel so welcomed by the brothers of Theta Chi. “I didn’t expect how we were treated as well as we were here,” Kleiner said. “Seniors made the effort. The olde...

MCB student graduate after five semesters

MCB student graduate after five semesters

By Bridget Hynes

April 16, 2014

When Kelly Roth graduates with a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cellular biology in December, she will be 19 years old. Roth, who is also a member of the University’s chapter of Sigma Kappa, transferred to the University in fall 2012 and will finish attaining her degree in five semesters. Acco...

Born British, pledged Greek

Born British, pledged Greek

By Elizabeth Dye

April 9, 2014

Natalie Pittman does not personally know the royal family. She does not enjoy a side of crumpets with her afternoon tea. And although she may be from the United Kingdom, she is not from London. The junior in LAS defies the stereotypes students often assume of her as a study abroad student and has in...

From firefighter to fraternity member, Tony Gallo perfects college balance

From firefighter to fraternity member, Tony Gallo perfects college balance

By Christen McGlynn and Declan Harty

April 2, 2014

As a firefighter, member of Alpha Chi Rho fraternity and Habitat for Humanity volunteer, Tony Gallo seems to do it all. Gallo, junior in AHS, is currently studying community health and is a native of Gurnee, Ill. Gallo comes from a family of firefighters, and he began riding along with his father, also a f...

Alpha Epsilon Phi member serves as ‘Relay’ co-chair

Alpha Epsilon Phi member serves as ‘Relay’ co-chair

By Emma Goodwin

March 18, 2014

Because “cancer never sleeps,” neither did several students who stayed up until the wee hours of Sunday morning, walking around the Armory’s indoor track during Relay For Life. Students representing several campus groups raised proceeds through the fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. M...

Greek community unites to support cancer patient

Greek community unites to support cancer patient

March 12, 2014

The day before heading back to begin his final year at the University, Steven Hollon, senior in Business, stopped in to see his doctor for a regular checkup. After a routine physical, Hollon’s doctor shared with him that something may not be right with his health, and the first round of tests was admini...

Flying to New Heights: Study Abroad student finds home at the University

Flying to New Heights: Study Abroad student finds home at the University

By Bridget Hynes

February 24, 2014

With her long auburn hair falling loosely over the shoulders of her petite 5’5” frame, pink lipstick and black mascara subtly highlighting her features, Lee Ramsay, founding member of the University’s chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma, may not strike the common observer as a standout basketball player or ...

Les Poole: One Man Balancing Act

Les Poole: One Man Balancing Act

February 18, 2014

Every day starts at 5 a.m. for Les Poole, when football practice preludes a full-time student class schedule. Accounting and finance coursework in the afternoon then leads to returning to his Resident Adviser duties at Bromley Hall. At night, when he is not working at Bromley’s front desk, he attends eve...

No one can extinguish this “Blaize:” Student helps Greek newspaper excel

No one can extinguish this “Blaize:” Student helps Greek newspaper excel

February 4, 2014

This past summer, Blaize Stewart, member of Alpha Sigma Phi and senior in Media, was offered a job selling ads for The Odyssey, a series of Greek life-oriented online and print newspapers spread across several college campuses in the U.S. Little did he know, this summer job would soon become the link betwe...

Longtime house mom makes Delta Gamma a home

Longtime house mom makes Delta Gamma a home

November 18, 2013

When young adults go away to college, the independence can be exhilarating. However, being away from home can cause homesickness, especially with the sudden lack of daily parental guidance and care. Luckily, for the women in the University’s Delta Gamma chapter, house mother Teresa Mendez, or more comm...

Alpha Epsilon Pi to host new yoga class as philanthropy event

Alpha Epsilon Pi to host new yoga class as philanthropy event

November 12, 2013

In the corner of Alpha Epsilon Pi’s chapter room sits stacked boxes of yoga mats — an unusual find in a fraternity house. Aaron Babajoni, junior in LAS, explained that the mats will be given out to participants in Alpha Epsilon Pi’s new philanthropy event, “Stretch for a Cure,” which will ta...