UNITE Greek

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Summary

UNITE Greek is an independent student political party that emerged in 1995. In 1996, it joined with Student Action as a sub-group. The action group began in much the same way that Student Action did: as a response to the misrepresentation and incompetency of ASUC leaders. Contrary to what the name may imply, UNITE Greek does more than just act as a voice for the Greek community. The student organization acts as an ambassador between the general campus population and the Greek system. It has helped connect the Greek System to several activist and community service projects over the years, urging Cal students everywhere to engage in opportunities to enhance their college experience.

History

Student Action emerged in 1995 during a difficult time in the ASUC at Berkeley. Pending Lawsuits from the university itself kept many leaders too preoccupied with the affairs of the student body. Student Action then emerged under the platform of making student government work for the students, not for itself. UNITE Greek actually derives much of its structure and values from the Berkeley Association Representing Students, which has been serving students at Cal since 1985. With Student Action as the primary political head, UNITE Greek grew to focus on issues of student safety, parking solutions, and responsibility in risk-management.

Political Influence

The Daily Californian campus newspaper revealed in early 2012 that nine of the last ten presidential candidate winners have been members of a sorority or fraternity. Even with the current estimate of 10.2% of students being involved in the Greek System, it remains a powerful and influential community in Cal politics. Some candidates have even grown to feel that the Greek System’s representation is too monopolized by Student Action, no doubt due to its affiliation with UNITE Greek. However, Senator Noah Ickowitz claimed that being represented by only Student Action did the Greek community a disservice. He also noted that the title of UNITE Greek makes the Greek system a political party, rather than a constituency. Nevertheless, UNITE statistically holds substantial voting power come Election Day.

External Links

"About Student Action." Student Action. N.p., 2013. Web. 10 Feb. 2014. <http://74.220.215.203/~studenz9/who-we-are/>.

Hunt, Chloe. "UNITE Greek." The Daily Californian. The Independent Berkeley Student Publishing Co., Inc., 5 Apr. 2012. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. <http://www.dailycal.org/tag/unite-greek/>.