Fraternity holds banquet as UB architecture formal despite ban on Greek life events


A fraternity held an event at the 31 Club on April 27 during the ban on social fraternity events, according to photos, anonymous sources and 31 Club office staff. The 31 Club didn’t have an event planned for the frat that day, but was holding a “UB architecture formal,” according to restaurant management. 

A  student, who is a Sigma Chi Omega member, signed the contract for the formal, according to 31 Club office staff. 

The ban came following the death of freshman Sebastian Serafin-Bazan, possibly due to hazing including Sigma Pi on April 17. 

“If there was a banquet for the department, that would be something I would know about,” said Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning Robert Shipley.

Shipley said there were no Architecture banquets in the past few weeks.

 In a Spectrum interview with UB President Satish Tripathi on Monday he said, “We have been successful that [frat] activities have stopped.” Vice President for Student Life A. Scott Weber is currently overseeing a review committee for Greek Life at UB. The ban will continue until the fall semester, according to administration.

UB is currently looking into the banquet, according to UB spokesperson Kate McKenna.

“Greek-letter, social, fraternal organizations are expected to abide by the suspension or risk disciplinary action,” McKenna wrote in an email.

All members of Sigma Chi Omega that The Spectrum contacted did not respond to request for comment. 

Thomas Zafonte is the senior features and can be reached at: thomas.zafonte@ubspectrum.com and on Twitter @Thomas_Spectrum

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 Thomas Zafonte is a senior English major. He is a UB sports fan and enjoys traveling around Buffalo.