CCU sororities, fraternities work with campus leaders to break stigma, improve campus experience

By Ashley Listrom Published: Apr. 26, 2024

CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) – Coastal Carolina University hosted a committee meeting with members of campus sororities and fraternities on Friday to discuss ways to change the conversation surrounding Greek life.

Three members of the Greek life community voiced concerns with campus leaders, in hopes of ending the stigma and improving their organizations.

“For some reason, when you bring up Greek Life, the first thing you think about is hazing and that’s one thing I think needs to be broken,” said Executive Vice President of Operations for CCU Interfraternity Council Jake Carvalho.

During the meeting, students had real, open conversations with CCU’s Board of Trustees. Those trustees said they are focusing on improving Greek life, as a whole, across campus.

Leaders said CCU’s Greek life includes around 1,300 students. With over 10% of the student body in a fraternity or sorority, the board was interested in hearing student’s perspectives on their Greek Life experience with CCU.

”It really gives you that opportunity to get in somewhere and meet countless friends,” said Alex Knight, president of CCU’s IFC.

Knight bridges the relationship between the school and Greek life. He said he spoke with the board on Friday in hopes of clearing up hazing misrepresentation within fraternities.

During the meeting, leaders also reviewed CCU’s hazing policy and compared it with other universities.