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Petition to “make substantial changes to Wofford’s lease agreements with Greek Life” surfaces

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By Anna Aguillard, Senior Writer

At around 3 p.m., a petition was posted online requesting Wofford’s administration to address growing campus concern regarding the lease agreements for the new fraternity row. By 8 p.m., the petition had over 200 supporters.

The petition, addressed to the Student Affairs Staff (President Nayef Samhat, Vice President Jason Burr, Dean Roberta Bigger and Dean Matthew Hammett), calls for the following: a reduction in rent; the ability for organizations to hang flags, signs and banners; the inclusion of the Judicial Commission in cases involving alcohol violations; a reduction in insurance liability; the elimination of “unreasonable” penalty fines; the allowance of tobacco products; fewer “hindrances” of organizational individuality; and fewer social rules that “pressure” organizations to hold and pay for social events in the communal colonnade.

The petition has received feedback and comments from current students, alumni and even prospective students.

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Student Body President Chris Paschal told the Old Gold and Black that when it comes to the lease agreements, he is “putting his own personal opinions aside.”

“Greek life is a huge part of this campus in terms of culture, and also just in the sheer number of members. I commend them for voicing their opinion… and I am here for any suggestions. I would love to help facilitate conversation between Greek organizations and the Administration,” he says.

The full petition can be read online here.

The petition surfaced after a meeting last Monday night, during which the Student Affairs Office presented the leases to Greek organizations.

The full lease agreements in question can be found here.

 

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    Jesse CrimmNov 2, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Visited WoCo during Homecoming 2016. I’m not sure what architectural period the garage door style emulates in the so named Greek Village. In concession to being “green”, the interior caverns can be naturally cooled October to February and warmed June to September. And yes, you can read alumni grumbling between the lines.

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    Petition started hereApr 25, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    We hope the petition raises the level of conversation on and off campus. Please realize that we in no way want to stonewall the administration, but instead want to make sure our voices are heard.

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    Petition started hereApr 25, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    We hope the petition raises the level of conversation on and off campus. Please realize that we in no way want to stonewall the administration, but instead want to make sure our voices are heard.