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Greek this Week: Greek presence, points

7 April 2013 By Alexandra Salas, Columnist No Comments

We all know that joining Greek life is a big commitment. Social events, community service events and guest speakers are just a few kinds of events that this community attends. This is on top of sorority or fraternity events.

But what everyone doesn’t know is that attendance at most of these events are run on the basis of CAP points, also known as the Chapter Assessment Program. The CAP tool is a way for sorority and fraternity life to keep track of how each sorority and fraternity is doing each semester.

The system was borrowed from the University of Delaware. The assessment examines each organization’s involvement and performance in four areas including academics, chapter management, member development and community involvement.

Some events that Greek Life must attend are Relay for Life, Port to Fort, The Big Event, Autism Walk, welcoming home troops at the airport and many others.

Each event offers the chapters a certain amount of points for attending. Each area of the CAP is graded on a number scale. By attending these events and accumulating more points, sororities and fraternities are met with rewards.

“I attend most of these events because we have to attend one community service event in order to go to formal,” Jenna Ferrone, Public Relations chair of Phi Mu, Phi Theta Chapter said.

If members of Greek Life don’t attend an event, they don’t receive CAP points. At the end of each semester, each chapter is awarded a Gold, Silver, Bronze, Satisfactory or Needs Improvement status. A fraternity and sorority is rewarded the Gold Cup at the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life Awards Ceremony.

Phi Mu and Lambda Chi Alpha took CAP honors for the spring 2013 semester. The most recent events Greek Life had to attend were Relay for Life and Be The Change rally. Greek Week is also coming up where fraternities and sororities will not only compete against one another, but they will also win CAP points for their efforts.

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