Fraternities, sororities recruiting members

Corryn Brock, Staff Reporter

Students interested in joining a sorority in the Panhellenic Council or a fraternity in the Interfraternity Council can begin the recruitment process on Sept. 4.

Students can register now for recruitment events but must do so before noon on Sept. 4.

According to the PHC section of Eastern’s official website, the PHC recruitment process will consist of five events beginning on Sept. 4 and ending Sept. 9. PHC practices a formal recruitment process.

The first event, Panhellenic Recruitment Orientation, will take place on Sept. 4 and is not mandatory for women who wish to join a sorority, but it is encouraged. According to Eastern’s greek life website, the event is to answer questions those rushing may have.

First Round will take place on Sept. 6. and will focus on sisterhood. Women who are wanting to join will spend 30 minutes at each PHC sorority house in Greek Court. The women will meet various sorority “sisters” as well as the president of that chapter and and recruitment chair.

On Sept. 7 the third event, Second Round, women will spend 45 minutes with six sororities of their choosing to learn more about the sorority’s philanthropy.

Sept. 8 is the final event women will attend to learn about the sororities. They will choose three sororities to visit and learn about membership from the perspective of current sisters and what joining that sorority could look like for them.

Bid Day, a day where women will receive a bid to join an individual sorority, is on Sept. 9. Women will learn which chapter their recruitment counselor belongs to and attend an All-Panhellenic Celebration and Bid Day Celebration with the chapter they will then belong to.

Eastern’s PHC sorority recruitment is a formal process, however IFC hosts a semi-formal recruitment process.

Individual fraternities will host events for men interested in rushing. Lookman Olowo, IFC president and senior management information services major, said while there are still recruitment events for men to attend, they can only attend events at the houses they are interested in.

“They are not required to go every house, although it is absolutely promoted. We promote all houses in IFC,” Olowo said.

Delta Chi will host an event to meet their members on Sept. 4 at 6 p.m., an open house on Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. and Delta Chi Chi Dye at 4 p.m. among other events.

Sigma Phi Epsilon will be hosting wiffle ball on Sept. 5 at 6 p.m., a grill out on Sept. 7 at 4 p.m., football and pizza at 6 p.m. on Sept. 10 and more.

Olowo said he believes men interested in rushing should know what joining a fraternity can do for them.

“It gets you involved, it gives you opportunities to volunteer,” Olowo said. “It makes you part of a group, a strong group of guys and helps build relationships not only with the guys in your fraternity, but (also) with the sororities (we are) constantly being paired with.”

While the National Pan-Hellenic Council does not do recruitment as PHC and IFC do, Breana Willis, NPHC secretary and elementary education major, suggests students do their research when searching for a sorority or fraternity.

“Our motto is ‘greater service and greater progress.’ That’s what we try to end every day with, striving for better each day,” Willis said.

NPHC will be hosting a Meet the Greeks event on Sept. 7 and recommends students attend to learn more about the sororities and fraternities involved in NPHC.

Corryn Brock can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].