Panhellenic Council addresses AXO’s departure

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Dear Union College Campus Community,

The Union College Panhellenic Council would like to inform the Union Community about the recent events involving Alpha Chi Omega.

Last winter, the Panhellenic Council approved expansion, which began the process of establishing an additional National Panhellenic Council (NPC) organization on the Union campus.

In spring term, the top choices were invited to Union to present to Greek and non-Greek members of the campus community.

This culminated with the Union Panhellenic Council vote to extend an offer to Alpha Chi Omega to colonize here at Union, which was to begin during fall term of the 2016 school year.

Following Panhellenic formal recruitment with the established NPC sororities, Alpha Chi Omega began their recruitment process through tabling and presentations to inform the campus about their organization, and hosting various events for women interested in the Alpha Chi experience.

They looked for a founding class of members who they believed fit their mission of real, strong women, and who enriched lives through opportunities of friendship, leadership, learning, and service.

The Panhellenic and greater Greek and Union communities made significant efforts to support their recruitment and welcome this new organization to campus.

The Panhellenic Council was impressed and proud of their success in securing a number of interviews with some of Union’s amazing women, and we were confident that they would have long-term success at Union College.

Alpha Chi Omega, however, did not share the same opinions. As of 10 a.m. on Friday, September 30, AChiO decided to no longer pursue colonization at Union, effective immediately.

The letters have been taken off of their house on Seward Place, their banners have been removed and the consultants, Laurel and Dayle, that would have lived here for the year will be leaving this week.

In a press release regarding their decision to halt colonization at Union, Alpha Chi Omega said that they did not have a substantial enough number of interested women to move forward, and provide the interested members with the full Alpha Chi experience.

This was not the outcome that the Panhellenic Council had hoped for. We are saddened and disappointed that AChiO has decided to no longer continue colonization at Union, but we wish the organization, especially the consultants, the best of luck in future pursuits. The Council will continue to support the women who were unable to join Alpha Chi Omega in finding a home within the Panhellenic and greater Greek community.

Sincerely,

Union College Panhellenic Council

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