With the school year starting, new students swarm ISU’s campus with thoughts of joining Greek life, and with all of the talk, there are many people saying things that may not be true.
Kate Wehby, graduate assistant in the office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at ISU, said differences between rushing for a fraternity or sorority go far beyond typical standards and gender.
Respective recruitment processes are different across campus.
When discussing sororities, this means the College Panhellenic Council or non-culturally based social sororities. Fraternities fall under the traditionally housed social fraternities.
However, they are not the only fraternities and sororities on campus.
“ISU is also the home to six of the Divine Nine National Pan-
Hellenic Council organizations, which are historically black fraternities and sororities,” Wehby said. “We are also home to two organizations under our Multicultural Greek Council which is comprised of an Asian interest sorority and a co-ed Latin interest organization.”
The CPC is hosting their recruitment through Sept. 2. CPC recruitment is a process of mutual selection.
The potential new members decide which chapters might be the best fit for them while the chapters decide which women best represent their values, ideals and purpose.
“Yes, there are plenty of high heels, door songs, sundresses and high emotions, but that’s not all that recruitment is about,” Wehby said. “Becoming a member of our Panhellenic community is a commitment to better yourself as a scholar, community servant, leader and woman.”
The Interfraternity Council will hold their recruitment from Sept. 8 to Sept. 13. IFC recruitment is much less formal than CPC’s recruitment, but some rules are involved, Wehby said.
After the first night of recruitment each chapter hosts their own events and men can choose which chapters they are most interested in and narrow down their selections.
NPHC does not do recruitment. They participate in a process called “intake.”
“The first step in intake is to do your research!” Wehby said. “The first thing that you should do if you’re interested in the Divine Nine is to try and discern which organization most closely aligns with your values.”
MGC organizations, founded last spring, participate in an intake process which is similar to NPHC in some ways, but varies greatly from chapter to chapter. If a student is interested in joining an MGC organization the first step is to attend an informational event.
“Becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority is a lifetime commitment that extends well beyond four years of college and it should be one that you are able to feel confident in,” Wehby said.