Former Chi Omega member alleges COVID-19 guidelines ignored Monday, Sep 28 2020 

By Eli Hughes–

A former Chi Omega member has left the sorority because she said the group is not operating safely during COVID-19.

Meera Sahney, a sophomore at the University of Louisville, posted a letter to Twitter on Sept. 14 detailing why she decided to leave her sorority, Chi Omega, after two weeks. She left due to claims of large gatherings and feeling as though her concerns were being dismissed by the rest of the sorority.

Sahney said she felt obligated to share her experience on Twitter because she didn’t feel her concerns were being taken seriously by the sorority.

“I believed that I wasn’t being seen and heard and I believe twitter is a catalyst for systemic change,” she said.

Sahney claims that she showed up for a social gathering that was supposed to have less than ten people present. When she got there and realized that there were more people than expected, she left after 30 minutes. She grew more concerned when pictures surfaced of large amounts of members of her sorority attending a tailgate party, many not wearing masks.

“I was confused and shocked at girls who felt no guilt or shame about partying when people were dying- drinking while essential hospital workers sacrificed themselves- partying while people were getting evicted due to late rent payments,” she said.

Sahney raised her concerns to the rest of her sorority in a group chat but was dismissed and told that it wasn’t any of her business. She said that the reaction from the other members of her new members’ group chat was overwhelmingly negative.

“The attacks continued when I pointed out the disproportional rate of POC’s being affected by the coronavirus. I was told to stop preaching and making ‘blanket statements.’ I was told I was ‘aggressive.’ That I was ‘hostile,'” Sahney said. “In a group chat of 30 women, most of them white, most of them not willing to support any of the statements I made, most of them only ready to tell me that they are capable of making their own choices.”

She concluded the letter by asking for Chi Omega to commit to the following actions:

  1. Include questions about anti-racism in next year’s recruitment.
  2. Require micro-aggression training for all new members.
  3. Write out consequences for future partying and social gatherings that endanger U of L and the greater Louisville community, that align with the university guidelines.
  4. Commit to inclusionary practices for next year’s pledge class

Maggie May, vice president of U of L’s Chi Omega chapter, told the Cardinal her sorority does not tolerate any form of discrimination.

“To be clear, Chi Omega does not tolerate discrimination, nor do we tolerate risking our members’ health or that of our campus community in any way,” May said. “Should members violate Chi Omega or university policies, they will be held accountable through the corresponding disciplinary processes. We understand that we can always do better and we will continue to educate ourselves, grow, and improve for the good of our Sisterhood as a whole and those around us.”

“Chi Omega realizes it is our responsibility to do our part to ensure the physical health of one another and to be steadfast in fostering the well-being of Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color in our Sisterhood,” she said.

U of L also responded to the incident, encouraging all students to follow COVID-19 guidelines and stating that they expect sororities to be inclusive towards students of color.

“The University of Louisville expects our sororities to be open, inclusive and accepting of students, faculty and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds and points of view. U of L is a community of care,” said John Karman, director of media relations for U of L.

“As we continue to battle the pandemic, it is imperative that all students—Greek and non-Greek—follow the university directives regarding COVID-19. These include wearing masks, physical distancing and avoiding large gatherings,” he said.

U of L’s Panhellenic Council President Gabby Vincent did not wish to make a statement about the incident. “We aren’t able to comment on this specific case as it is a member organization-specific issue,” Vincent said.

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Students should get involved to find their college family Monday, Apr 27 2020 

By Ben Goldberger —

For most incoming freshmen, college is the first time they will be living on their own without their family. This immediate rush of independence can be invigorating for many students, but it’s often hard to adjust to this sudden change. 

This switch from constantly being surrounded by family members to being without anyone is usually a very difficult one to deal with, and it leads to many students either dropping out or moving back home and commuting to class. 

In order to replace the family and friends from home, students need to surround themselves with other students, and one of the biggest ways to do that is by joining clubs/organizations.

At U of L, it is extremely easy to find a group that shares common interests. Through EngageUofL, students can comb through all 523 organizations that they could join. These include greek life organizations, service clubs and organizations where students of the same background or interests can spend time together.

These groups are a great way to find your “college family” and help students get involved with the university and surrounding area. 

Freshman Joshua Stump joined marching band in the fall semester, and he found an instant family through the activity.


It’s a lot easier to sit in your dorm room and watch Netflix all night, and sometimes that is what students need after a long day of education. But if they take the time and effort to put themselves out there and do the research to find groups that they would be interested in joining, they can find people with the same interests as them to surround themselves with. 

Students can also start their own organization if they cannot find one that fits their interests. 

If students can find a group of their friends and a staff sponsor, they can start any sort of club they want to. The group can be about anything from a tv show fandom, food club, quidditch team and anything students can think of. This is a great tool for students to feel involved with their school and pursue their passions and interests with people who share the same interests, and all students should take advantage of this opportunity. 

College is a hard transition from living at home for sure, and it is normal to feel homesick and alone sometimes. There are seemingly infinite opportunities for students to find people with similar interests as them and find a group of great friends. College is a safe place for students to discover their passions, try new things and figure out what they like or don’t like. Clubs and organizations are the best way to do so, and all students should join at least one, if not more, in their time at U of L.

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There’s plenty of ways to get involved in campus life Wednesday, Apr 22 2020 

By Zoe Watkins — 

Even after Orientation and Welcome Week, the campus stays vibrant as ever almost every single day. There is no rest to campus life as there are many different things that a student can do to get involved with campus life and take part in the fun.

There’s plenty of social organizations for everyone’s interest

U of L offers many ways for students to be more social from Greek life to Recognized Student Organizations (RSO).

Even though she didn’t like the idea of joining a sorority at first, Junior Akanksha Gupta joined Kappa Delta (KD)after some her older friends pushed her to go through recruitment.

“Looking back, it was definitely the best decision I’ve made in college. I met so many of my best friends and have made connections that I never could’ve made before,” Gupta said.

She said a freshman should join a sorority or fraternity as it helps make them become a better person. KD shaped her into the person she is today as well as helped her grow. Gupta also said she gained life-long friends that have helped her make it through college.

If someone wishes to join a sorority or fraternity, Gupta said registration opens up on May 1.

Besides Greek life, the variety of RSOs offers students a chance to find new interests. Besides new interests, it is also a way to find people who share the same likes which was the case for junior Nicole Anderson when she joined the Tabletop Gaming Club for D&D.

Anderson says joining an RSO is a healthy way to fill downtime.

“You get to relax, share passions, make friends, and you get to learn about new stuff related to your passion,” she said.

Have a voice in our campus government

Make some change to campus through the Student Government Association (SGA), or even bring voice to a specific college since each branch of SGA has their own student council as well freshman council.

Sophomore Alexa Meza joined the Arts & Science Student council her freshman year as she needed a place where she could be herself and do the things that she loved.

“Through SGA, I’ve found some of my best friends and discovered the thing I’m really passionate about improving on campus,” Meza said.

She says what she loves the most about U of L’s student government is how it empowers students to improve areas in campus services or academic polices, solve problems, voice concerns and make change happen.

“The purpose of student government here at U of L, to me, is about improving the quality of life for students that are already here and making sure we give them the opportunity, the resources, and the desire to come back each year until they graduate,” she said.

Give back to the cardinal family

If the two options above aren’t interesting, there is still lots of ways to get involved with campus life especially with volunteering. This part of campus is heavily integrated into the cardinal community as there are plenty of days of service and even the Engage Lead Serve Board (ELSB) which offers service opportunities.

According, some things that students can do to volunteer is do a day of service such as MLK Day of Service, be a classroom note taker to help students with disabilities, become a Resident Assistant (RA) for campus housing or apply to be a Campus Tour Guide.

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