IFC, Panhel To Allow Limited Socials On State Patty’s Day
State Patty’s Day isn’t gone for good, but it’s certainly not what it used to be. Sure you can still grab a green T-shirt downtown and your friends are probably all hosting and/or attending a themed day long, but as of right now the bars will be open and fraternities and sororities are, much like last year, proceeding with caution.
According to IFC President Will Quaranta fraternities are allowed to host one-on-one socials with another organization on Saturday night, February 27. However, frats will not be allowed to host any “daytime functions,” including the ever-popular State Patty’s Day daylong. This is a bit of a relaxation from previous years, when the IFC banned any kind of social function on State Patty’s Day.
“The Interfraternity Council has played an integral part in making this weekend safer, and we intend to continue that role this year,” Quaranta said. “I hope that every community member enjoys their weekend, but they do so in a responsible manner.”
Fraternities that are found in violation of these rules will have to stop their event and will face a six-week social suspension and a $20 per member fine.
For sororities, there aren’t any restrictions other than strongly enforcing rules that are already in place. The Panhellenic Council decided to operate a normal social schedule for the weekend, according to Panhel President Madeline Strasser. That being said, sororities are going to strictly enforce their “no outside guests” policy at socials in order to “deter out-of-town guests from causing risk management issues in our community.” In years past, sororities banned guests staying over on their floors, but this year’s restriction applies only to socials.
“We decided to have a normal weekend because we feel that the excitement around State Patty’s Day has calmed down over the past three years and are trusting that our members will not cause any extra risk management issues during State Patty’s day this year,” Strasser said.
As the week goes on we’ll find out if the bars end up closing or apartments ban parties, but for now it seems people aren’t as concerned with the pseudo-holiday as they used to be.