Greek Life Takes Over Campus for Rush Week
Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 17:09
Each fall dozens of Bison are herded through a week’s worth of recruitment activities for one of campus’s largest organizations—Greek Life. NDSU’s fraternities and sororities open their doors to prospective new members who are looking to join the Greek community.
This semester’s fraternity recruitment took place from Sept. 2 to 6. It was intended to give Bison men a glimpse into the life of a fraternity brother at each of the 12 houses on campus.
Some kicked off their recruitment week with an open house bonfire, like at Alpha Tau Omega and Delta Upsilon, while others such as Delta Tau Delta performed a community service project at Churches United.
Mini-golf at Thunder Road, trap shooting, dodge ball and paintball were some of the many activities that the fraternities held in order to pique interest in their diverse chapters.
Potential fraternity brothers explored the houses with the hope their favorite chapter would reciprocate and “bid” on them at the end of the week. In other words, they awaited a formal invitation to join the house.
According to NDSU Greek Life’s website, campus fraternities make a consistent effort to combat the “Animal House stigma” of a party-hard lifestyle and irresponsible behavior. They emphasize concepts of brotherhood, philanthropy and leadership by requiring a minimum GPA as well as staying involved with local and national charities.
“In each organization there’s leadership positions and ways to get involved,” explained Tau Kappa Epsilon Chapter Vice President Kenneth Collins. “It opens you up to all sorts of new opportunities, ones you wouldn’t have thought you had before.”
Although there are only one-fourth as many campus sororities as their fraternal counterparts, their recruitment week is jam-packed with activities designed to showcase the diversity of its members and goals.
Sorority recruitment will take place Sept. 10 to 16. It begins with a brief orientation on Sept. 10 that will cover what girls can expect throughout the week as well as what is expected of them if they are accepted into a house. There is a make-up orientation on Sept. 12, and those interested must be registered by 8 a.m. on Sept. 13 in order to participate in the rest of recruitment.
For the next three days, the girls will attend events at each of the houses to become familiar with traditions, missions, symbols and charities associated with each of the three sororities.
Prospective members are broken up into smaller groups that are led by Recruitment Guides who are there to answer any and all questions regarding sorority life. According to the Greek Life website, these Guides disaffiliate themselves from their chapters for the week in order to provide unbiased guidance.
After the girls have gotten a feel for what each chapter embodies, they rank their personal preferences in hopes that their favorite(s) will choose them as well. Most girls will receive a bid at the conclusion of Recruitment Week and can choose whether or not they will continue on with their new sorority chapter.
“One of the most exciting moments is watching each woman run to their new chapter on Bid Day and the amount of happiness and joy on that day that is shared by everyone,” Natalie Schlagel, Alpha Gamma Delta Chapter President, said.
Greek Life holds additional recruitment each spring semester for any and all who are interested in joining later in the year.
“The true mission of Greek Life is making the best men and women possible that will effect change on the world,” Schlagel said.
For additional information regarding sorority and fraternity life and Recruitment at NDSU, visit ndsugreek.com.