Sororities welcomed new members on Bid Day this Wednesday at 6 p.m. after five days of recruitment.
Initiation took place in front of Mesquite Groove after each participant accepted their bid Wednesday morning. New members were called out by the name of their sorority and were asked to meet their sisters who stood several yards away. “Students were really excited and when they were asked to ‘go home’ they ran to their sisters and they hugged as one big family” said Greek Life Recruiter Arielle Williams.
Recruitment counselors called Gama Khi also joined the celebration as they reunited with their sororities. Afterwards, each sorority held a small dinner to welcome their new sisters in different places around campus. “When I went back to the dinner it was so amazing to be with people who accepted me and were willing to go into one big family” quoted a new member of the Delta Phi Epsilon family, Chonte Swanson.
Overall, these four sororities (Alpha Sigma Alpha, Delta Phi Epsilon, Theta Phi Alpha, and Kappa Delta Chi) had a bigger outcome than past years. “Our numbers grew a lot, it’s a record for the school for how many we got to join so hopefully next year it will be even higher” added Greek Life Advisor Matthew Solef.
As active members of the community, each sorority member is required to participate in events inside and outside campus. This semester, sororities have participated in activities like “Move in day”, “Greek Summit” and are planning to help out at the “Trash Off” which takes place this Saturday, Sept. 24 as well as in the Volleyball game the first week of October.
A mandatory event that is coming up is the “Greeks take over the Library” in which members of the Greek life come together to study at the library and show others that sororities are not only meant to socialize but rather to promote academic ways.
This week, sororities and fraternities all over the nation are coming together to “Say No to Hazing” and show others that the Greek life should not be associated with hazing. Sophomore Chelsea Maldonado, who is helping out in this NoHazing Week, said “Our greek life doesn’t participate in hazing, this week we have stories of people that were affected by hazing and we really try to emphasize that and bring awareness to the campus and to our greek life here at TAMUK.”