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Historically Black Fraternity Dedicates House at Susquehanna University.

Nov. 25, 2008

Selinsgrove, (Pa.)—The Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, a traditionally black fraternity, has dedicated its new house on the campus of Susquehanna University. It is only the second chapter of the fraternity on the East Coast that has been able to open its own house.

“This event is particularly important to the university as it attempts to embrace the ideals of diversity on our campus and will provide the men of Phi Beta Sigma with a home away from home, a place of scholarship, fellowship and brotherhood,” said Chris Markle, director of admissions and a graduate member of the fraternity.

The ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 22, as well as the presentation of Greek letters that were hung on the outside of the house, was attended by the fraternity’s International President Paul Griffin. The new home of the fraternity at 312 University Ave. has been occupied since fall 2007 by the Multicultural House.

Phi Beta Sigma was chartered at Susquehanna in March with support from the Office of Multicultural Affairs. A traditionally black sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., was opened a year ago.

George Livingston, president of the local chapter of the fraternity, said the opening was very important for Susquehanna and its students. “It’s already a big deal that we were chartered here at Susquehanna earlier this year,” he told The Crusader, Susquehanna’s student newspaper. “Now we’ll be one of just two schools on the entire coast to have this fraternity house on their campus.”

The fraternity has more than 500 chapters in the United States, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. Although its roots are African American, Phi Beta Sigma is open to men of all races, religions, classes and national origin.

Contact: Gerald Cohen


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