Students regretting decisions not to participate in fall rush are in luck – three sorority houses, Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta and Chi Omega, are holding informal recruitment this quarter.
The dates for each house’s informal recruiting are Jan. 18 to 20, Feb. 1 to 4 and Feb. 9, respectively.
“This year we voted to raise the house total from 85 to 100 girls, because there was starting to be a widening gap between the houses that had the most girls and the houses that had the least,” said Cassy Shoup, 2010 Panhellenic recruitment chair and senior animal science major.
Each Panhellenic sorority house is given a house total – sororities are allowed to have more members, but as soon as one falls under the house total, they are eligible to hold informal recruitment.
Due to the increase in house totals, the three previously mentioned Panhellenic chapters opted to continue open bidding during winter quarter.
However, the informal recruitment will not be exactly the same as the formal recruitment, which takes place during the first week of fall quarter.
While fall recruitment is more time consuming and costly, informal recruitment is more laid back, said Lexie Gritlefeld, Panhellenic assistant recruitment chair and junior English major. Sororities have free events open to the public and students aren’t required to visit every house.
Kaylie Lorber, a sophomore psychology and Spanish double major, is a member of the Delta Gamma sorority and encourages girls to look into Greek life.
“I used to be one of those girls who was completely against joining a sorority, but being in one is nothing like what I thought it would be. Everyone is down to earth, looking to have fun and is there for you,” she said. “I didn’t expect to find the friendships that I have now.”
Questions regarding informal recruitment can be directed to the Amy Martin, 2011 Panhellenic recruitment chair, at email@example.com.
For more information regarding the three chapters who are having informal recruitment, visit davis-panhellenic.com.
“I can’t imagine college without my sorority. It is a support system,” Gritlefeld said. “Everyone thinks it’s about beer and kegs, but that’s hardly it for me. It’s about having a family.”
MICHELLE MURPHY can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.