by Whitney Smith
Multicultural Greek Council held their first ever cultural food fair on March 5 that offered a variety of foods from their perspective cultures and areas.
Some of the food offered at the fair included Latin American bread that is typically eaten with coffee, purchased at an authentic Latin American bread shop in Casey, S.C. There was also Middle Eastern fare from Al Amir, including mujadara and falafel.
Multicultural Greek Council is composed of four organizations, including Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity, Inc., Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Incorporada and
Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity was the first to be introduced on USC’s campus, followed by Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc (ZSC) in the fall of 2010, Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity in the fall of 2011 and Sigma Iota Alpha, Incoporada in the spring of 2012.
“Being in a multicultural Greek organization has really allowed me to find a brotherhood with people who have shared cultures and values,” Jaime Andres Ortega, President of Phi Iota Alpha, said. “The varied culture aspect can be hard to find at USC, but Phi Iota Alpha has really helped make a big school smaller.”
Undergraduate students who wish to join a Multicultural Greek Council organization must meet specific membership qualifications. These standards include, but are not limited to, academic achievement (2.5-3.0 GPA depending on the organization), community service and good character. Any interested student is required to have a minimum of 12 credit hours before participating in the intake process, and students who are on disciplinary probation may not participate. These requirements are designed to promote the advancement of strong and effective chapters and each organization implements its own unique membership intake process.
Multicultural Greek Council will host a block party at the end of the semester on the Russell House patio. They plan to have cultural music and food, as well as make themselves available to answer any questions students may have about joining a multicultural Greek organization.
For more information about multicultural organizations at the University of South Carolina, go to http://www.sa.sc.edu/fsl/multicultural-organizations/