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Allegheny offers over 100 diverse clubs and organizations, giving all students the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities. These student groups include student government, honorary societies, athletic organizations, College committees, community service, Greek life, media organizations, performance groups, religious organizations and special interest groups.
All new students receive a copy of The Compass, the student handbook when they arrive on campus. A section of The Compass lists the name of at least one contact person for each student organization so that interested students can obtain more information at any time. In addition, Gator Days at the beginning of fall semester gives new students a chance to learn about Allegheny’s clubs and organizations in relaxed, enjoyable environment .
Allegheny Student Government (ASG)
Through ASG, students participate in the governance of the College. ASG officers and senators are elected by popular student ballot. ASG is responsible for appointing students to serve on the standing committees of the College and of the board of trustees. ASG also allocates student activity fees to campus organizations, and oversees a number of student programs.
Gator Activities Programming (GAP)
Gator Activities Programming is the all-college programming board designed to provide diverse social events for students and the campus community. GAP sponsors a wide range of events throughout the year in response to student input and suggestions.
Fraternities and Sororities
Allegheny has an active fraternity and sorority life with chapters of five national social fraternities and five national social sororities on campus. There are chapters of Delta Tau Delta, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Psi, and Theta Chi fraternities. Sororities include Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Delta Delta Delta, and Kappa Kappa Gamma. Fraternity and sorority activities include both service projects and social events; many of the latter are open to the campus community. Students must be regularly matriculated for one semester to participate in formal membership recruitment activities. The Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council serve as governing bodies for the College’s fraternities and sororities.
Honorary and Leadership Societies
Students who meet certain academic requirements and other qualifications may be invited to join one or more of the College’s honorary societies and service groups. Honorary organizations include but are not limited to: Beta Beta Beta (biology honor society), Lambda Sigma (leadership), Omnicron Delta Epsilon (economics), Phi Alpha Theta (history honorary), Phi Beta Kappa (national scholastic society), Phi Sigma Iota (foreign languages), Phi Sigma Tau (philosophy), Pi Kappa Delta (forensics), Pi Mu Epsilon (mathematics honorary), Pi Sigma Alpha (political science honorary), Psi Chi (psychology honorary), Sigma Tau Delta (English), and Sigma Xi (scientific research).
Interest Clubs and Organizations
Students with different backgrounds and interests have the opportunity to learn from each other by participating in interest clubs and organizations. These groups at Allegheny include but are not limited to: the Association for the Advancement of Black Culture (ABC), Legion of Allegheny Gamers, Amnesty International USA, Allegheny Role Playing and Gaming Organization, Association for Asian and Asian American Awareness (A5), Chemii (chemistry), cheerleaders, College Democrats, College Republicans, Dimensions (math), Economics Society, Fencing Club, Geology Club, Grounds for Change (coffeehouse), International Club, Model UN Mock Trial, Outing Club, Queers and Allies (Q ’n A), Ski and Snowboarding Club, Students Advocating for Reproductive Options, Students for Environmental Action, Student Art Society, and Union Latina.
Several publications are produced by students, including but not limited to: The Campus student newspaper; The Allegheny Review, a collection of essays, fiction and poetry drawn from material submitted by undergraduates nationwide; the Allegheny Literary Journal, featuring fiction, poetry and photography by Allegheny students exclusively; French Creek, an undergraduate journal of environmental fiction; the Civic Engagement Newsletter, published by technical/professional writing class students; and the Kaldron, senior yearbook.
WARC-FM is the radio voice of Allegheny College. Through the combined efforts of student programmers, producers, engineers, and announcers, WARC broadcasts daily throughout the academic year. Students also produce programs broadcast over the local cable channel, ACTV.
Membership in performing groups is open to all students, although some require auditions before accepting new members. The composition of the organizations varies; some are all-student groups, while others include faculty members and community residents. Examples of Allegheny’s performing groups include the American Music Ensemble (jazz), the Chamber Choir, the Chamber Orchestra, the Civic Symphony, the College Choir, the College Chorus, Jade, Dance Team, Liturgical Dance Choir, Orchesis, Playshop Theatre, the Student Experimental Theatre, the Wind Symphony, the Wind Ensemble, and the Women’s Ensemble.
Allegheny students have many opportunities to explore their religious and spiritual beliefs through the following organizations: Allegheny Christian Outreach, Hillel, Islamic Awareness Society, Newman Organization, Sojourners Christian Fellowship, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Society for Buddhist and Hindu Students, and Interfaith Fellowship.
Approximately half of Allegheny students, as well as many others in the Allegheny community, engage in service throughout the year. A wide range of opportunities exist for both individual and group participation through partnerships with many local service agencies. Examples of organizations solely dedicated to service include Alpha Phi Omega (a co-ed service fraternity), Up ’til Dawn, and a campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Many other student organizations regularly engage in service, including Greek societies, residence halls, religious groups, special interest clubs, honorary societies, and athletic teams. Allegheny Volunteer Service Leaders and Bonner Leaders and Scholars, as well as the Office of Community Service, assist individuals and organizations in finding appropriate service options.