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Students turn out in numbers for Greek recruitment

Jacob Martin

Issue date: 1/21/11 Section: News
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Indicated by the swarms of students sporting Greek attire and offering passersby hot chocolate, spring fraternity and sorority rush has arrived. Fraternity rush wraps up this weekend. Sorority rush will take place this weekend and next. As always, fraternity rush is two weeks of informal events targeting mostly freshmen and sorority rush is more formal and prospective students only receive bids for membership from one organization.

This year's Greek rush has seen a notable increase in student participation. "Fall rush saw the highest numbers for men since 1990," said director of Greek Life Wes Schaub. But the number of students participating in recruitment for spring did not come as a surprise for this year's organizers.

"We experimented with a new recruitment event this spring. We held an event at The Spot the first Monday that everyone was back from break to watch the BCS college championship, and we saw about 80 freshmen stop in to watch the game and get to know the Greeks," explained Chris Sliderwell, present of the Interfraternity Congress. We also saw a new colony come onto campus in Delta Chi. This provides an additional place in the Greek community for students to find a place to fit in."

Increased education was also part of recruitment efforts. "The Greek Life Office tries to educate first-year students and their families about the benefits and opportunities within the Greek community," said Schaub. "We let people know it's not like the stereotypes in the media, and for most people there's a personal benefit." But as he emphasized, "the actual increase comes from the work the chapters put into recruiting."

Each fraternity approaches recruitment differently. According to Beta Theta Pi brother Chris Fann, "We just tried to get the word out about Beta as best as possible."

As fraternity recruitment winds down, sorority recruitment is just starting up. "We are all looking forward to the beginning of sorority recruitment this weekend," said Schaub.
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