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Visund Nord IOR Online for Equinor

first_imgEquinor-operated Visund Nord improved oil recovery (IOR) project came on stream two months ahead of schedule.The project has further been delivered with no serious HSE incidents and well below budget, Equinor noted.“It took 21 months from the licence partners chose the concept until production started. This is a new fast-track record for Equinor,” says Torger Rød, senior vice president for project development in Equinor.Visund Nord IOR is a subsea development with two new wells in a new subsea template, which is tied back to an existing template on Visund. The oil is piped via the existing template to the Visund platform.The project provides 13.3 million new barrels of oil to the Visund field, 6% more than originally estimated. When the investment decision was made the costs were estimated at NOK 1.5 billion. During the execution phase they were reduced to NOK 1.3 billion.“We are delivering well within the downward adjusted budget. The project has a competitive break-even price and will be profitable even with an oil price well below the current level,” says project director Tone Kristin Børslid.Visund Nord IOR is a fast-track development focusing on simplification, standardisation and continous improvement throughout the project phase:“We are utilising the existing infrastructure effectively as we are routing the oil via the Visund C template which is located 70 metres away. The new template is a copy of this template. We have achieved synergies with other projects and we have even had good weather during the installations, ” she says.She further underlines that they have never compromised on safety, which is confirmed by the HSE statistics.TechnipFMC, who also delivered Visund C, has been responsible for everything on the seabed through the EPCI contract, implying that the company has been in charge of engineering, procurement, construction and installation. The two wells were drilled by Odfjell Drilling’s Deepsea Atlantic drilling rig.The project has now been handed over to the operations unit, providing 13.3 million new barrels of oil that will be produced via a field that will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year:“Contributing strongly to the Visund field production, Visund Nord IOR is an example of the type of projects that will be more common on the Norwegian continental shelf in the future: Smaller developments tied back to existing infrastructure. This will allow us to develop new discoveries at a lower cost, ensuring both longer field life and jobs on existing fields,” says Gunnar Nakken, senior vice president for operations west in Equinor.The Visund licence partners are: Equinor Energy A/S (operator) 53.2%, Petoro A/S 30%, ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS 9.1% and Repsol Norge A/S 7.7%.last_img read more

Liza Destiny FPSO reaches Guyana

first_imgThe Liza Destiny FPSO has reached Guyanese waters 42 days after it set sail from a shipyard in Singapore.Liza Destiny FPSO reaching Guyana / Image Source: Hess CorporationThe news of the FPSO arriving in Guyana has been confirmed by Hess Corp, a partner in the ExxonMobil operated Stabroek block, where the Liza Destiny will now be moored.Able to produce up to 120,000 barrels a day, the Liza Destiny will be used by ExxonMobil to for the development of the first phase of the Liza offshore oil field.“After clearing customs, hookup and installation of the Liza Destiny FPSO will begin,” Hess said Thursday.The Liza Phase 1 development is on track for startup by the first quarter of 2020, which will make Guyana an oil-producing nation.ExxonMobil’s Liza field sits in the giant Stabroek block, which covers almost 27,000 square kilometers, circa 200 kilometers offshore Guyana and where ExxonMobil has struck more than a dozen oil discoveries which are yet to be developed, meaning a couple of more FPSOs should be deployed in Guyana in the upcoming years.The Liza FPSO, converted from a VLCC by Keppel, will be spread moored in a water depth of 1,525 meters and will be able to store 1.6 million barrels of crude oil.Liza Destiny, Guyana’s first oil production vessel, has arrived at the Stabroek Block after traveling 42 days. This vessel is a significant component of the Liza Phase 1 development, which will produce up to 120,000 gross barrels of oil per day.— Hess Corporation (@HessCorporation) August 29, 2019Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Liverpool show interest in €100m Benfica striker as Klopp seeks more goals

first_img As such, the Reds are scouring Europe in a bid to find a suitable candidate and O Jogo [via Sport Witness] claims Liverpool have a rising interest in 6ft 3in striker Carlos Vinicius, who only joined the club last summer. The 24-year-old caught the eye in front of watching Liverpool scouts at the weekend, scoring twice as his side suffered a 3-2 defeat to title rivals Porto – a match in which Manchester United scouts were also in attendance to take in a trio of potential targets. That took the striker’s tally for the season to 13 goals in 19 appearances, justifying the €100m exit clause Benfica stuck in his contract when bringing him in in a €17m deal from Napoli last summer. That form has seen the player tipped for a call-up to the Brazil national side, with the striker contracted to the reigning Portuguese champions until summer 2024. Read Also:€60m man on Liverpool radar, as Klopp plots double swoop in summer In other Liverpool news, Klopp could free up some transfer funds by allowing one loan star to move on this summer in a potential £30million deal. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Plans are already well underfoot for the summer transfer window at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp and Co plot for what we can all assume will be their Premier League title defence. Reports in Monday’s papers claims Klopp could sanction the departure of Roberto Firmino for £75m after seemingly agreeing a deal to sign a £51m replacement. But the biggest incoming this summer could be rising star Kai Havertz, with a report claiming that the 20-year-old has emerged as the No 1 target for the Reds this summer and that Liverpool were prepared to spend a club-record fee to land their man. However, amid claims that Roberto Firmino could be allowed to move back to the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich reportedly keen on a £75m swoop, it’s believed Klopp wants to bolster his squad with another attacking threat, most likely to come off the bench.Advertisement Liverpool are keeping a close watch on Carlos Vinicius and are growing increasingly interested in signing the Benfica striker, according to reports in the Portuguese media. Promoted ContentNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

‘Pusher’ falls in drug sting

first_imgThe 34-year-old resident Philip AndreyAnlap was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Block 17, Mandurriaodistrict. When frisked, Anlap yielded six moresachets of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia, police said. ILOILO City – He allegedly soldillegal drugs. Anlap, a “street-level” target, wasnabbed after he allegedly sold a sachet of illegal drugs to an undercoverofficer for P1,100 around 9 p.m. on Friday. center_img Anlap was detained in the lockup cellof the Mandurriao police station. Charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed againsthim./PNlast_img

IATF allows motorcycle backriding for couples

first_imgSince March, local officials have been urging policy makers on COVID-19 response to reconsider its no back-riding policy, which they enforced to keep people away from the virus. “Maganda ito sapagkat talagang protektado ‘yung passenger pero s’yempre kailangan dito ang pag-iingat sa pagda-drive. Dapat susunod talaga tayo sa speed limit at saka kakaibang panahon ito, nabago natin configuration ng motorsiklo dapat dobleng pag-iingat sa pagda-drive,” he added. However, there should be a protective shield between the two riders, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque pointed out, citing the prototype plastic shield proposed by Gov. Arthur Yap of Bohol. MANILA – Starting today, backriding or pillion riding on motorcycles for couples who are living together has been allowed by the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). The task force has previously rejected the requests, citing issues on safety and enforcement./PN For his part, Interior secretary Eduardo Año said backriding for couples will be implemented nationwide in areas under modified general community quarantine and general community quarantine.center_img “Dapat may barrier in between the rider and the passenger para hindi magkaraoon ng hawaan ng COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019). I a-approve din naman kaagad ‘yan ng technical working group,” Ano said in an interview with ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo. “Pwede na pero kailangan ang mag-asawa na sumunod sa minimum public health standards,” Roque said Thursday. Año added that the protective shield should cover past the head and there should also be handles attached to its poles. Both passenger and the rider should still wear face masks and helmets. According to Roque, the backriding cohabiting couples should also show proof like identification cards and a photocopy of marriage certificate.last_img read more

BCB congratulates new leadership of CWI.

first_img—issues invitation for Skerritt and Shallow to visit the Ancient CountyTHE President and executive members of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) would like to express our heartfelt congratulation to Ricky Skerrit on his election as President of the West Indies Cricket Board.We would like to congratulate newly elected Vice-President Dr. Kishore Shallow and it is our hope that their election would be the start of a new era in West Indies Cricket where the development of cricket is the main objective.The BCB stands ready to work along with every elected cricket officials whose mission is to make sure that cricket is always put first.We are very confident that Mr. Skerrit would not only be a fair, inspirational leader, but that he would spearhead a revival of cricket in the Caribbean.For too long, cricket in Guyana has been administered by an unelected executives who seemed more interested in staying in power than in the development of the game in every county.We at the BCB have not received a cent of funds from the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) for over a decade, and every effort has been made to stop the progress of Berbice Cricket while we have also been denied the opportunity to see our stars playing at home.Over the last fourteen months, we have witnessed the unbelievable scene of the GCB operating an unofficial office of the Berbice Cricket Board with a full-time staff who does nothing but pass on email messages from the Guyana Cricket Board to the President of the Berbice Cricket Board.The BCB will shortly take legal action to stop this profound nonsense as we did not authorise any person to act on our behalf.We remain committed to working with all cricket stakeholders and would like to publicly invite Mr. Skerrit and Dr. Shallow to visit the Ancient County.Berbice Cricket is currently undergoing a remarkable period of development due to hard work, transparency, visionary leadership and a culture of cohesion between the Berbice Cricket Board and all stakeholders. We look forward to discussing ideas with the new CWI bosses as we strive to return West Indies Cricket to the successes of the Frank Worrel, Clive Lloyd and Vivian Richards era.Congrats and May God bless West Indies Cricket under its new leadership.last_img read more

Wimbledon to give out £10M prize money for 2020 Championships

first_imgWIMBLEDON will distribute £10M of prize money to the 620 players who would have taken part in the 2020 Championships.The Grand Slam event was cancelled for the first time since 1945 because of the coronavirus pandemic.Singles players who would have been in the main draw will be given £25 000, with qualifiers, doubles and wheelchair players also each receiving money.“We know these months of uncertainty have been very worrying,” Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis said.“Many players have faced financial difficulty during this period and who would have quite rightly anticipated the opportunity to earn prize money at Wimbledon based on their world ranking.”The All England Club had taken out insurance policies which allowed them to refund ticket holders, broadcast partners and sponsors in the event of a pandemic.Players will receive one payment each and the money, which comes as a result of insurance cover for cancelation, will be distributed as follows:    £25 000 for the 256 players in the singles main draws    £12 500 for the 224 players in singles qualifying    £6 250 for the 120 players in main draw doubles    £6 000 for the 16 players in the wheelchair events    £5 000 for four players in the quad wheelchair eventsFollowing the cancellation of the Championships, the All England Club donated £1.2M to help a range of charities and organisations supporting vulnerable people during the pandemic.It also made contributions to NHS Charities Together, St John Ambulance and the relief programme created to help lower-ranked players struggling without an income.Meanwhile, Wimbledon has also announced a change to the men’s seedings from 2021, while there will not be a public ballot for tickets next year.The seedings will follow the ATP rankings, instead of a formula which took previous grass-court results into account.The ballot will not be held after this year’s ticket-holders were given assurance they could buy the same tickets for next year’s tournament. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

CBA, F-M, J-D tennis stars reach state tournament

first_imgMeanwhile, Vlassis handled Baldwinsville’s Brooke Tutor 6-0, 6-1, and moved on to the championship round, where once again she only surrendered a single game and claimed another 6-0, 6-1 decision.DelPino now had to beat Tutor in the third-place match, and she lost the opening set 7-5. Just in time, though, DelPino found her top form and claimed the second and third sets by equal 6-2 margins to earn her state tournament berth.In doubles, J-D’s Mona Farah and Tara Pollock, along with F-M’s Anna Manta and Phoebe Wang, both secured their own state tournament tickets.Farah and Pollock were the no. 2 seeds, starting out against the Manlius-Pebble Hill duo of Parmees Fazeli and Caroline Mezzalingua and winning 6-1, 6-2 before a 6-0, 6-1 win over Clinton’s Mei Cassidy-Heekin and Madeline Walters.To win a state tournament berth, Farah and Pollock had to beat Cazenovia’s Alex Galle and Nina Royer in Thursday’s semifinals. Galle and Royer had already eliminated CBA’s Grace Catalano and Aubrey Mills in a 6-4, 7-5 opening-round battle.Here, though, Farah and Pollock got the best of it, their 6-3, 6-1 decision meaning that they would reach the state tournament, no matter what happened in the finals.Despite some struggles in the opening round, Manta and Wang beat Skaneateles’ Ella Danforth and Emma Miller 6-4, 6-4 before a 6-0, 6-2 romp over Utica-Notre Dame’s Samantha Fluty and Caitlin Snyder in the quarterfinals.Up against West Genesee’s Angelina Llanos and Katie Viau in the semifinals (a pair they beat 6-1, 6-1 in the sectional Division I finals five days earlier), Manta and Wang saw Llanos and Viau turn it around and beat them 7-5, 6-4.Suddenly, immense pressure was on Manta and Wang, but they handled it well, defeating Galle and Royer 6-3, 7-5 to join Farah and Pollock in the state tournament field. An injury in the final ended the J-D pair’s match against Llanos and Viau.MPH also had Parmees Fazeli win a 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 battle over New Hartford’s Grace LaFountain before running into Tutor in the quarterfinals and taking a 6-2, 6-1 defeat.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Whether in the singles division or in the doubles division, area girls tennis players took over last week’s Section III state qualifying tournament at Drumlins.Berths in this weekend’s state tournament at Tri-Valley Fitness in Latham were on the line, with stars from Christian Brothers Academy, Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt each able to finish in the top three.Singles belonged to CBA’s Gieselle Vlassis, the freshman earning a third trip to the state tournament and dominating the bracket along the way while her teammate, Grace DelPino, had to make a timely comeback to also advance. Tags: CBAF-MJ-DMPHTenniscenter_img Vlassis strode through her opening-round matches on Tuesday, getting 6-0, 6-0 shutouts over Nicole Farkouh (New Hartford) and Alexis Cruz (Indian River).DelPino, the no. 3 seed, got her own 6-0, 6-0 shutout over Sophia Farkouh (New Hartford) before handling Utica-Notre Dame’s Emily Lyga 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.Ironically, DelPino’s semifinal was against no. 2 seed, Ellen Lyga, Emily’s sister. The result proved that Ellen Lyga had learned plenty about DelPino’s game from her sibling as she prevailed 6-2, 6-1.last_img read more

Syracuse adjusts to outdoor playing conditions for Wake Forest, Virginia Tech matchups

first_imgIn its most recent match, Syracuse found itself in a different environment than normal, and not because it was an away match.“It was really sunny, and obviously we’re not used to that, living in Syracuse,” said senior Amanda Rodgers, a contributing writer for The Daily Orange.The sun was an atypical factor for the Orange, a team that usually plays indoors, in that 7-0 loss against Florida State on March 29.Syracuse (7-9, 2-8 Atlantic Coast) has had to adjust to the conditions of outdoor tennis only two times so far in its 2015 ACC schedule, against FSU and North Carolina, and will have to do the same in matches against Wake Forest (12-11, 2-9 Atlantic Coast) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at noon on Saturday and with Virginia Tech (12-7, 4-6) on Sunday at 10 a.m.Part of the difficulty in transitioning from indoor to outdoor tennis lies in players’ vision, and the sun is a large part of that. It can be difficult to play while staring into sunlight, as senior Komal Safdar notices when she plays doubles with sophomore Valeria Salazar.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We do get lobbed a lot, especially with our heights,” Safdar said, “but more outdoors because you do use that tactic of trying to make your person hit the ball looking into the sun.”Another factor that comes into playing outdoors is the wind, which can significantly alter strategy.When the wind is moving against the ball, the player has to focus on hitting the ball farther over the net. But when the wind’s direction is pushing the ball forward, players need to put more topspin on the ball so that it stays in play.“Also when you’re with the wind, chipping and charging, coming (in)to the net, keeping the ball low is also a play,” Safdar said. “But at the end of the day when it is windy you just have to be ready to win ugly, honestly.”Even when players aren’t hitting into the wind, the conditions are slower outdoors than they are indoors. As a result, players need to be prepared to play longer rallies than they would when playing inside. Safdar said shots that would commonly be winners in Drumlins are more likely to be returned outdoors because of the increased weight of the ball.Heading into the match against Florida State, head coach Younes Limam talked to his players about these conditions.“One of the biggest things that we needed to be aware of is we needed to be more patient,” Limam said, “and we needed to expect rallies to go a little bit longer and really be selective.”This mindset includes what Limam called controlled aggression, meaning an understanding of which points players should go for offensively and which points they should take their time with.Limam recognizes the challenges of moving from indoor to outdoor tennis, but he tries to prepare his team. He generally has his players arrive the day before the match so they can familiarize themselves with the conditions before they play. He also likes to practice outdoors at the Skytop courts when the weather allows it, which hasn’t been the case very often this season.The differences between indoor and outdoor tennis certainly force SU to adjust its playing style when having to deal with the wind and sun.Still, it doesn’t negate the basic fundamentals that Syracuse has relied on throughout the season.“Honestly it doesn’t really make a huge difference,” Rodgers said. “Because if you focus on hitting more balls in the court and just having longer points and you just have that mindset playing outdoors, then you’re going to do fine.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 8, 2015 at 9:03 pm Contact Kevin: kjpacell@syr.edulast_img read more

IFC, PHC Greeks work toward acceptance

first_imgThe actions of specific Greek organizations have contributed to the reputation of the community as a whole.“I think there might be more indifference Row-wide, but I think that homophobia exists more within specific organizations,” said a student who wished to remain anonymous. “While there is a gay presence within almost all organizations of the Greek community, it just depends on the organization and whether there is more or less visible homosexuality depending if people feel comfortable coming out within those organizations.”Though there are governing bodies for all of the Greek organizations, it is usually in the hands of the leadership of the individual chapters to set the tone.“Honestly, the lack of people willing to be open in ‘top houses’ versus other houses just speaks to the lack of comfort there is. It makes me sad to think they would think it is bad to associate their houses with having gay members.”Interfraternity presidents were hesitant to comment on the matter. THE EXPERIENCE Just like there is not just one type of Greek experience, there is not one type of LGBTQ experience within the Greek community. Some students go into recruitment knowing their sexual identity and others discover it later.Aaron Lieberman, a senior in the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity and one of two student coordinators for Greek Chat, a safe space to discuss your sexuality within the Greek community, was closeted during his recruitment process and did not come out until his sophomore year.“I actually kind of like that it happened that way, I didn’t plan it that way,” Lieberman said. “I had gained a lot of respect from my fraternity brothers and pledges as pledge master, and so when I came out [later on] I already had their respect, love and admiration. So if your opinion is going to change and the only thing that had changed is me telling you about my sexuality, there is a red flag there.”Lieberman had a positive and supportive experience coming out within his fraternity to the extent that he even dated another member of the fraternity. He said that he believes this was the only intrahouse openly gay couple in the Greek system at USC at the time.“Ultimately, everybody was supportive, and it’s been a great experience,” Lieberman said. “I think once time passed, and they just realized, this is them, when they are at a party they are going to dance together and hold hands sometimes. I think that my boyfriend and I kept it appropriate for the occasion.”Lieberman helped set the tone for this acceptance to grow within his fraternity.“Nobody danced with other guys on the dancefloor at fraternity parties pre-me, but now that we have half a dozen members in our fraternity who are out, people don’t really pay attention to it. Whether it’s positive or negative, you get attention, and one day I hope that attention doesn’t come anymore.”In Lieberman’s experience, the degree of acceptance from his fraternity is not reflected in the attitudes of other houses.“It’s a problem when we go to sorority philanthropies since we are known as one of the more accepting houses,” Lieberman said. “We will get the ‘f-word’ thrown at us from other fraternities as an intimidation factor.”Christina Vlahos shared her experience as a lesbian-identifying female in Alpha Chi Omega and the other student coordinator of Greek Chat.“I went in completely closeted because I wanted to get that experience,” Vlahos said. “I wanted people to judge me based on me and not by my sexuality.”Though she proudly described her experience, she admitted to being nervous during the process.“The Greek system is so heteronormative and it’s just so traditional with the mixers and the registers, and there is this huge hook-up culture that is predominantly heterosexual,” Vlahos said. “On the outside surface, it doesn’t really seem like a gay-friendly environment just because it’s so specifically tailored to these heterosexual vibes.”After dropping from the recruitment process and later receiving a snap bid from Alpha Chi Omega, Vlahos had a very positive experience.“I can’t necessarily speak for the Greek system as a whole because I don’t know what it would be like in other chapters to come out, I just know specifically in my chapter it’s been awesome,” Vlahos said.Though Vlahos feels comfortable in the sisterhood she has found, she does see the reality of the heteronormative traditions on which the entire community is founded.“There are other gays in the Greek system, I am not this random wildflower, so it’s just, ‘How do we accommodate?’” Because of the Greek community’s heteronormative social structure, often it’s the brotherhood and sisterhood aspect of the Greek community that is most appealing.The brotherhood and sisterhood fosters opportunities to create a niche community for oneself.“You have to make your own mini-community and the Greek system is just one way to do that and, also, what I love about the Greek system, it is an awesome place for leadership development,” Lieberman said. “So I think between the brotherhood and sisterhood aspect and leadership development, the Greek system is very influential.”If the community were to address heterosexual norms, it could create an opportunity for greater acceptance of homosexuality as well as increased Panhellenic spirit, said Vlahos.“Other schools, they do big philanthropies and invite sororities and fraternities,” Vlahos said. “At USC, we don’t even think to do that because there’s a competitiveness … and a lot of it is that we are doing these philanthropies because it’s a good way to meet boys.”Though the current climate of the Greek community is seeing change toward acceptance, it has not reached the point of celebration.“I would love that in the next few years, it’s not a topic anymore … My hope is that there is acceptance … whether it is your sexuality, your religion or your race or any disability that you are a member of the Greek community,” Lieberman said. “I want more than just acceptance of diversity but celebration of diversity.” CHAPTER ACCEPTANCE BROTHERHOOD AND SISTERHOOD LGBTQ PERSPECTIVE PHC AND IFC EFFORTS Though the Greek community is making efforts to bolster the feeling of acceptance toward homosexuality, many feel it still has a long way to go.“I would say that it’s not fine, but that it’s getting better,” said a gay member of the Greek community who wished to remain anonymous. “Luckily it’s changing in L.A., and specifically at USC, but for a while, since the Greek system is so built on heterosexual stereotypes, it has created a certain mentality in the Greek community that makes it challenging.”USC graduate Eric Lavis of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity said there is a “down-low culture” surrounding homosexuality in the Greek community.“I don’t think that [it’s] generally going to be accepted. I don’t think that people want to hear about it, and I don’t think people like to talk about it.”These heterosexual norms of the Greek community can create a clouded perception that there are no people identifying as gay in the Greek system. This perception, however, is false.“The bad thing is that there gets to be this idea that it’s a split spectrum — gays and Greeks. But there are many gay people and allies in the Greek community,” said Steven Strozza, a member of Delta Omicron Zeta. The heteronormative activities and traditions of Greek life are often the cause of the LGBTQ community’s perceptions, which can make it seem less desirable to gay, lesbian or bisexual students.“I think a lot of my friends in the LGBT community who are not in Greek life have a very negative view,” Lieberman said. “It is just heteronormative. There’s no way to get around that there are a lot of traditions.”Strozza, however, feels that certain negative run-ins can be amplified or generalized to reflect on the entire community in that way.“I would say that because the Greek community is a little more traditional and traditional specifically in its gender roles, I think the members of QuASA, whether right or wrong, think that the Greek community is homophobic,” Strozza said. “There are also some individuals who I know who have had particular experiences; for example, girls who were in the Greek community that are lesbian and guys make the comment, ‘Oh, that’s such a waste,’ are types of homophobic comments [that] can be the ones that prevail.” The Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council, along with the LGBT resource center, are making efforts to open channels to acknowledge and foster acceptance of this diversity.Greek Chat is not just for IFC or PHC members. This forum meets once a month for anyone who is either questioning his or her sexuality or is “out” and wants to discuss challenges or issues they have within the Greek system. Lieberman and Vlahos help smooth any trouble members are having combining these communities and answer questions about events such as formals, invites and recruitment.“I feel like having [this forum] within the Greek system creates this kind of awareness,” Vlahos said. “People assume that everyone in the Greek system is straight, especially when you are rushing.”IFC made efforts to address the topic of homosexuality last year under former Diversity Director Ehren Elder.“[IFC’s diversity] had previously been more focused on sexual assault and ethnic diversity, but I decided to mix it up a little and focus on sexuality because I thought it was really relevant,” Elder said. “While it didn’t seem like a glaring issue, it is really the modern civil rights issue of our era and it seemed like Fraternity Row really should start trying to get ahead of the issue, if not behind it.”During his term, Elder coordinated ally trainings for both IFC and PHC members and organized an LGBTQ rush panel.Current IFC Diversity Director Sebastian Moya has continued Elder’s legacy on IFC by challenging the Greek community to work on increased openness and acceptance.“We try to get groups of accepting people together to try to combat the stereotypes [that Greeks aren’t accepting],” Moya said. “It’s true, when you talk to people one on one they can say they are supportive of these issues but it’s the mob mentality that ends up prevailing.”Moya hosted his first Greek-wide event this past Friday in honor of National Day of Silence, a day when students around the world take action in the form of silence as a way of remembering the individuals who have silenced their lives as a result of LGBTQ bullying and harassment.“Hopefully, when I get groups of people together in the same room, a positive type of mob mentality happens and they leave saying, ‘Why shouldn’t I think that all the time?’” Moya said.Moya has created pins that say “I am a Greek Ally” for students in the Greek community to wear on their backpacks.“The hope is that they will see that button on the backpack and say, ‘I remember that day and I remember this cause and I remember that this is something I believe in,’” Moya said. “It’s creating things like that, little moments that people can carry with them that are positive.”Homosexuality is also a different experience for everyone, not only between chapters but between sororities and fraternities as well.“In my Greek Chat experience, it does weirdly seem like it is almost harder for the sororities, for the lesbians in sororities, than it is in the gay males in fraternities,” Lieberman said. “It’s funny because I always thought it would be the opposite.”Vlahos also spoke to the fact that it was more common to hear about guys coming out within the community than girls.“The first Greek Chat I went to, it was all guys and me,” Vlahos recalled. “I was hoping, ‘Maybe I will get to meet some other girls,’ but honestly there was just none. I didn’t hear of a single queer- identified girl until my second year into the Greek system.”last_img read more