Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Collegian » Greeks clean up their neighborhood

The Collegian » Greeks clean up their neighborhood

Various members of Fresno State Greek sororities and fraternities participated in Sunday’s Greek Cleanup, an event coordinated through Associated Students Inc.

Participants in the event picked up trash and cleaned up areas neighboring the Fraternity and Sorority Mall between Millbrook and 6th avenues. Students present also cleaned up the area housing a group of fraternity houses on Shaw Avenue across the street from the Fresno State campus.

“So what we’re doing is just trying to clean up the areas around the Greek sororities and fraternities,” said senior Melissa Ellis, an ASI community affairs coordinator.

But one problem prevalent in the Greek mall is vandalism in the form of graffiti. Several markings could be seen around gates in Greek housing and up and down the sidewalks of Millbrook Avenue.

Joe Devane, president of Fresno State’s Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity chapter, said graffiti is a recurring problem in the area.

“That’s the most annoying part because we’ll go ahead and clean it up the day after we see it—and then it’s right back there the next day,” Devane said.

“The best thing we can do is continuously clean it up. If we do that, maybe that will annoy them to the point where they stop because they realize that it’s not going to be there for long.”

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