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W I N T E R / S P R I N G U O F L M A G A Z I N E | 4 3 G R E E K L I F E Greeks not only foster special friendships, they also share a strong community spirit that includes charitable events, the annual Fryberger Sing and the National Pan-Hellenic Council cookout. I realized that I had the opportunity to get the best of both worlds: I could develop the social relationships I wanted, and could surround myself with people I looked up to, all without compromising my own values," Thomas said. "At that moment, I knew that I had to be a part of this; I knew I had to go Greek." Like Thomas, students come to UofL looking for brotherhood and sisterhood, service, scholarship and more. All are the founding principles of Greek groups, Jackson said. "They're the purest model of student engagement." Underclassmen join, participate in com- mittees to complete tasks and are groomed to take on leadership within their organi- zation. That training makes them natural leaders when they look beyond their chap- ters for additional opportunities. For Cassie Lydon, being chosen for a leadership position in Chi Omega helped convince her she could be a leader — even though she had doubts. "It was one little moment to them, but I think it really impacted the way I see myself," said Lydon, a senior communication art and design major. Terina Matthews, 93E, adviser to Delta Sigma Theta Inc., said she aspires for her young women to have that same type of experience. Matthews was initiated in April 1993. It wasn't a tough sell. She'd seen women in her family and in her church go Greek. "They exemplif ed the type of women I wanted to be," Matthews said. Being Greek teaches students to reach out to other organizations to organize and execute various community projects. Matthews calls it a "foundation builder." A FOND FAREWELL Perhaps the greatest asset to Greek life has been Burke. According to colleagues, Burke was largely responsible for helping put the Greek system on the map. She provided steady, committed leadership, as well as much needed programming to the system, helping it to grow and positioning it for continued success. She charted a future for UofL's Greek system, providing leadership, training, continuity and more. "She deserves the credit for our thriving Greek life," Mardis said. "Joni has been a beacon of stability for the Greek system. Through her quiet leadership, she's been able to develop them into something much better," Jackson said. U L _ 4 3 4 3 UL_43 43 1 / 2 9 / 1 4 2 : 5 8 P M 1/29/14 2:58 PM