Discarded cups and shoes dotted the floor of the Pi-Lambda-Phi frat-house on Union St. last as the dust settled from the previous night’s party. Members of the frat and their girlfriends took this rare quiet moment to sit down and watch TV together. One could hardly tell that the chapter had experienced one of it’s most difficult years to date from the light-hearted’ joking that flowed around the living room like so many drinks the night before.
The fraternity’s Windsor chapter is falling on rough times as tensions grow with their American headquarters, or IHQ. IHQ demands that all Pi-Lambda-Phi chapters have a minimum of 25 members who pay dues to IHQ in order to remain part of the fraternity – the Windsor chapter currently has eight members. IHQ is also lobbying for Pi-Lambda-Phi to start recruiting before Canadian university even starts in August. The Windsor chapter argues that they shouldn’t be held to the same standards as universities in California and Miami, which have over 15 times the student body to draw from.
Current President of Pi-Lam Windsor, Taylan Osei, believes that IHQ’s strict adherence to traditional fraternity values just doesn’t agree with the progressive Canadian student demographic. He argues that Canadian frats may need to abandon the age-old “men only” mentality in order to survive, and instead promote a fraternity based around gender-inclusive camaraderie and community involvement to attract members.
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