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Multicultural Greek Council finally a reality
Kaitlin Doty
Antelope Staff

Working toward bettering the community through service, philanthropy, scholarship, brotherhood, sisterhood and the diversity of the Multicultural Greek Council and the Greek community are just part of the commitment of the Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. (Alpha Beta Chapter), Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. (Zeta Gamma Chapter) and the Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. (Chi Gamma Chapter).

These multicultural sororities and fraternities have worked for years on this campus to represent different cultures and cultural elements. They want to promote educational theory that encourages interest in different cultures rather than just a mainstream culture.  A council was finally developed this past month to bring these sororities and fraternities together to unite and create a governing body for the multicultural Greek life.  

The Multicultural Greek Council consists of six members: Karla Green  and Mariana Cruz both from Lambda Theta Nu, Daniel Jaimes  and Danny Granillo both from Sigma Lambda Beta, Nina Batenhorst and Viannet Nunez both from Sigma Lambda Gamma and Tracy Lungrin, the Greek advisor who is assisting the council.  

Together Lungrin and these six members have formed objectives for the future of MGC. “The No. 1 thing a Greek advisor wants in a Greek community is that it grows and expands. We need to get more and more people who want to become Greek, and we must meet their needs as Greeks. We also want cultural programming and more diversity to our campus community,” Lungrin said.

The Multicultural Greek Council has several specific objectives they hope to accomplish in the future. The council wants to coordinate semester activities to ensure adequate cooperation and harmony among member organizations, the Greek community and other UNK campus groups; promote academic excellence as a pathway to increasing retention numbers of members; and promote higher education opportunities by supporting university efforts to recruit and admit a diverse applicant pool.

The Multicultural Greek Council especially wants to become more involved within the Greek community. Mariana Cruz, a junior secondary education major from Grand Island said, “It would be key to get other Greeks more informed with our Multicultural Greek Council on campus, its purpose and goals. We need an umbrella of support from everyone.”

The council has already had two more groups approach the council about joining. “It is such a growing community. This council should get to choose the future of the growth.” Lungrin said.  

As part of the council, members are hoping to attend the Cultural Greek Leadership Conference in Costa Mesa, Cal., for the first time. While attending this conference, the council would get the experience of talking to other non-traditional schools that have been in their own system of a Multicultural Greek Council.

Danny Granillo, a senior industrial distribution major from Lexington said, “We will get a lot of experience out of attending this conference. We will get to learn stuff that we can’t get on paper and seeing what really worked for other councils. We want to go to this conference to learn and pass down the information to the future of our council.”
Lungrin said the group wants to move forward. “This whole first year was putting it together, and now we want to build the foundation and next year take those training wheels off.”
   

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