Posted: July 14, 2015 at 1:03 am

By: Brandon Jackson, Tyler McLaughlin and Anney Mierski 

All current Mountaineers, and alumni, want Greek life to return to prominence on campus as it was in the past.

School administrators feel the same way, and West Virginia University has created a new position to do just that. The new position will be called the Associate Dean of Students/Director of Greek Life, according to WVU Student Life Vice President Bill Schafer.

Schafer hopes that finding one person to be the head of Greek life will restore excitement surrounding fraternities and sororities on campus.

“I believe we will have some interesting results in this first semester,” Schafer said.

Getting this new position filled soon is a priority for WVU staff, according to Schafer. They hope to have a Greek life leader settled in by the first day of classes for the fall semester.

But if the person is willing to accept the job, their first day would be dependent on whenever they could properly move on from their current employer.

“We’ll just see,” Schafer said. “Sometimes that depends on their own personal circumstances when they can start.”

WVU students are just as excited to revitalize Greek Life.

WVU junior Christopher Prince, a member of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity, notices that in light of recent events, Greek life is not as popular among students.

“It has been dwindling down a little bit,” Prince said, “because there’s all of these suspensions, and some of the restrictions are too heavy.”

The old lounge room inside Beta Theta Pi’s vacant house. The fraternity’s house was surrendered to the university after misconduct.

The old lounge room inside Beta Theta Pi’s vacant house. The fraternity’s house was surrendered to the university after misconduct.

In late 2014, WVU had all Greek Life suspended, due to an underage drinking incident involving Sigma Chi pledges, and the death of Kappa Sigma pledge Nolan Burch.

Prince, as a student, is behind the new position that WVU has created. He is hopeful that whomever fills the position will do a lot to make Greek life better for students.

“I think having a position that directly oversees Greek life will help,” Prince said, “just because you have someone to directly report to, and communicate with.”

Even as an upperclassman, Prince is looking forward to what his fraternity, along with the rest of campus, can do in the future.

“I hope in the future that Greek life becomes more popular, and becomes more of a percentage of the student body,” Prince said, “because it is, actually, a lot of fun. And there are a lot of people that will be there for you.”