U sororities victims of burglary, vandalism

Four of the University of MinnesotaâÄôs sororities have been the victim of burglary or vandalism in the past few weeks, which could be the result of pranks from fraternities, though they have denied it. Chad Ellsworth, coordinator of the office for fraternity and sorority life , said Alpha Gamma Delta , Alpha Omicron Pi , Delta Gamma and Pi Beta Phi have all been the victims of break-ins or vandalism in the past three weeks. Matt Brunnette, Interfraternity Council vice president of judicial affairs, said fraternity members will often break in, or be let in, to the sorority they are paired with during Homecoming or Spring Jam. He said the members usually just wake up everyone in the sorority and the intent is not malicious. Brunette said the point of these pranks is to build relationships and have fun at the same time. Dustin Norman, IFC president, said there was no fraternity involvement that he is aware of. Alpha Omicron Pi was vandalized on the morning of Oct. 26, according to the police report. There were no signs of forced entry. A check card was left at the scene of the crime but the Minneapolis police could not be reached for information about the investigation. Also according to a police report, Pi Beta Phi noticed on Oct. 26 that their chapterâÄôs charter âÄî which had been hanging in their living room âÄî was missing. The police report states that surrounding University fraternities had been contacted but they deny taking the charter. Anne Bowen , president of Alpha Omicron Pi, said leaves were scattered across the first floor and chili powder was poured all over the houseâÄôs kitchen. She also said the freezer was damaged. Bowen said they are taking the break in seriously and they have already changed the houseâÄôs locks. She said she wasnâÄôt sure if it was a fraternity and didnâÄôt want to speculate. Brita Lundgren , president of Pi Beta Phi, acknowledged that their sorority charter, which dates back to 1906, was stolen. Delta Gamma President Jessica Dinius would not comment in detail about the incident at her chapter, but she said it happened during the weekend of Oct. 24. âÄúWe donâÄôt think that the fraternities had anything to do with this, but we donâÄôt know,âÄù Dinius said. Dinius said she canâÄôt remember anything similar ever happening at the chapter. Norman said IFC doesnâÄôt support actions that cause stress to a fraternity or sorority. He added that even if something is a prank, it can still scare people before they understand what it really is. âÄúWe donâÄôt condone any actions like that but we do understand that there are times when certain pranks do happen,âÄù Norman said. Panhellenic Council Vice President of Public Relations Nicole Mielke said PHC also doesnâÄôt condone pranks between houses. She said those specific incidents are not dealt with by PHC, but by the individual chapters. Mielke said pranks between sororities and fraternities happen but are usually not widely known. âÄúItâÄôs all kept secret between each other,âÄù Mielke said. âÄúUsually you try not to disclose what sorority pranked what fraternity or what fraternity pranked what sorority.âÄù Mielke said damaging property is never the purpose of these pranks, however. âÄúNo one ever really tries to do things damaging to each otherâÄôs property and just tries to keep it fun and just keep greek relations up between all the houses,âÄù she said. Alpha Gamma Delta representatives could not be reached for comment about their houseâÄôs incident.