What you need to know about formal sorority recruitment

Deciding whether or not to join a sorority during college is something that a lot of young women struggle with. This is a breakdown of what to expect if you sign up for formal sorority recruitment here at Ohio University. This guide will take you through some common questions and concerns that freshman women have about the process. You will hear from sorority women from all different backgrounds and affiliations.

 

As of Fall 2015, Ohio University has ten social sororities on campus.
As of Fall 2015, Ohio University has ten social sororities on campus.

You can find a link to all ten sororities’ websites here!

A few things you should know before we get started, is that you will have a Rho Gamma throughout all of the recruitment process to help you.

A Rho Gamma is a carefully selected counselor for women participating in recruitment. They are an unbiased volunteer guide that takes incoming participants step-by-step through the process. They are there to answer any questions you may have and support you during this very exciting time. They work closely with the Women’s Panhellenic Association which governs sororities on campus.

Now let’s hear first hand from a young woman who has a hand in planning recruitment.

It’s important to note that formal recruitment may not be for everyone, and that’s okay! If after going through a few rounds you decide it’s not your thing, it is perfectly fine to withdrawal from the recruitment process. Hopefully you met a few new people along the way.

Let’s go over some FAQ’s that freshmen women ask about recruitment.

It’s natural to have worries and doubts about this new experience. Don’t be afraid to ask your Rho Gamma anything! It’s her job to make sure you have a fun and comfortable recruitment experience.

Now let’s hear about the benefits a few sorority women have gained from their organizations.

Each woman has a unique experience within her organization. No two chapters are alike, and that’s what makes Greek Life so amazing. As long as you follow your heart, you will end up exactly where you’re supposed to be. You don’t need to be intimidated, because these women want to get to know the real you and make connections with potential future sisters.

For more information, or to register for formal sorority recruitment, visit Ohio University’s Greek Life page.

Also, follow their Twitter handle for updates on what’s happening in the Greek community.

Good luck with your decision, and we hope to see you in the fall!

An inside look at OHIO University’s fraternities

Greek life is often associated with multiple different stereotypes, but that shouldn’t stop students from rushing a fraternity or sorority. To clear up the labels and confusion, I chatted with five fraternity members here at Ohio University about what it’s really like to rush and what guys can expect from being in Greek life.

First, let’s meet the brothers:

Also worth knowing: why did they truly want to pledge a fraternity?

One of the common stereotypes associated with fraternities is that frat guys aren’t very intelligent.
How difficult are their majors, and how much are they actually hitting the books?

Paying fraternity dues= paying for friends… right? Let’s see what the guys had to say about that one.

People also often say that the only things fraternities care about is drinking and partying. Is that really so?

Last but not least, they shared some insight and advice for guys who may want to rush a fraternity.

When your invitation is your “letters” – Association of Fraternal Leadership Values Conference 2016

“Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta… whatever your letters, we are all Greek together”

Ohio University sent twenty-five attendees to the Association of Fraternal Leadership Values Conference, a weekend full of impacting speakers, workshops and bonding throughout the Greek community. Over 3,200 Greek members attended the Association of Fraternal Leadership Values (AFLV) conference in Indianapolis.

AFLV an event held to stay true to the mission of sorority and fraternity members, to exemplify and live ethical values. The AFLV conference strives to educate the leaders of universities across the nation, as an attendee from Ohio University I can proudly say that I was educated to be the best leader I can be to the Greek Life community at Ohio University.

 

The AFLV leadership conference took place from Thursday, February 4th to Sunday, February 7th at the J.W Marriott Conference Center. Keynote speakers filled the agendas of sorority and fraternity members. Speakers shared their stories and made sure we left with more than just a note pad filled with quotes and bullet points.

The evening began with Jessica Ekstrom, a speaker from the millennial generation. Sharing the story of success after interning for The Make a Wish foundation to growing her own business Headbands of Hope. Over 3,200 men and women, tired from long days of travel, filled the ballroom. Jessica takes the stage with a smile on her face, a jewel stone headband, and the start of her story. The audience quiets down, the sleepy expressions perk up with laughter and become intrigued by Ekstrom’s story.

Jessica filled us with life advice “People in there twenties need to quit listening to those who say they can’t, and start acting to show that they can.” Jessica spoke for around an hour, leaving me with one of my favorite quotes.

“If I’m not failing at something, I’m not trying hard enough.” – Jessica Ekstrom

The entrepreneur spoke to the millennials of the audience, reassuring us with courage and confidence as we embarked on a weekend of learning and growing.

When you put 3,200 Greeks in a room you are bound for a fun weekend. Between speakers and educational learning sessions, the evenings were filled with hypnotist, gourmet dinners and dance parties. Attendees could attend many educational sessions from recruitment training, financial advice, risk management, and a big focus on the social media of Greek life.

The three thousand attendees represent over twenty-seven organizations on campuses nationwide; one event brought all of us together. Together we are bound to make a difference on our campus.

The Ohio University Attendees at the awards banquet dinner.
The Ohio University Attendees at the awards banquet dinner.

Ohio University sent twenty-five attendees to the AFLV conference: Women’s Panhellenic Association, Inter-fraternity Council and the Multicultural Greek Council.

The exec members of each council are excited to take what they learned at AFLV and share it with their chapters. Beyond the knowledge they learned at AFLV the Women’s Panhellenic council brought home the outstanding council management award.

Tony Haynes, Multicultural Greek Executive member states, “One thing this conference has taught me is our fraternities and sororities shouldn’t limit ourselves to our own organization.”  Haynes quote really stuck to me, as a Panhellenic women on campus we tend to get caught up in our own “letters” and forget that we are all one community.

Together Greek Life makes up 60 percent of the graduating students at Ohio University. We are the future, we are the leaders and we are proud Greek Life members at Ohio University.

 

 

 

 

Then and now: bad publicity for Ohio University’s fraternities

Greek life on college campuses is sometimes subject to controversy, and Ohio University’s fraternities are no exception.  

A look back 15 years ago into the Ohio University The Post archives reveals charges filed against the now-inactive OU Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. (The Sigma Alpha Mu chapter at Ohio University is not currently listed as ‘active’ on the fraternity’s national website.)

Sigma Alpha Mu, writes Jenny Wilkins in the Sept. 22, 2000, edition of the newspaper, was waiting to be penalized by the Interfraternity Council Judicial Board (ICJB) for violating the recruitment section of the Interfraternity Council (IFC) constitution.

The fraternity posted an advertisement in The Post earlier that week, soliciting student involvement in the fraternity, according to the archived article. No advertising was permitted in any local newspaper by any local chapter, according to the constitution at the time.

“We did not know it was a violation,” Kevin McCormick, treasurer for Sigma Alpha Mu, was quoted as saying. “It was a mistake.”

This year, the Acacia fraternity is under fire from the OU Student Union, a group that – despite its name – is not officially recognized as a university student organization.

During the first weekend of Fall Semester 2015, writes Maria DeVito in The Post, students from the OU Student Union handed out pamphlets, particularly to incoming freshmen, with a warning to students not to go to “the Acacia fraternity house,” referenced in the pamphlet as “the Blue House.”

“They are notorious for drugging their free drinks and raping girls,” the pamphlet then states.

The OU Student Union called their 10-page pamphlet a “disorientation guide,” circulated during this year’s orientation weekend. The incident marks the second time within the past year that Acacia has been the target of these kind of accusations on OU’s campus.

But the reputation of Acacia may have been permanently tarnished because of these latest accusations.

In response to the OU Student Union, senior Jake Zuckerman wrote a Letter to the Editor, published Tuesday, Aug. 25 on The Post’s website, in response to the OU Student Union’s pamphlet circulation.

“Both sexual assault and rape are heinous crimes and growing problems on college campuses,” Zuckerman wrote, “but that does not give anyone the right to slander another person or organization’s good name.”

Another post from blogger ‘Danielle E’ suggests that the Blue House isn’t even part of the Acacia fraternity. The blog post says “(t)he “blue house” is not the ACACIA fraternity house. In fact, the “blue house” is not officially associated with ACACIA at all.”

Her post includes a picture of the pamphlet page in question.

“Acacia Fraternity Headquarters is aware that there is a situation on the Ohio University campus in which an unrecognized student organization, calling themselves the ‘OU Student Union’ has circulated a pamphlet accusing the men of our chapter of disgusting behavior,” according to a statement published in a follow-up article in The Post.

Ohio University currently recognizes over 30 fraternities and sororities, according to Division of Student Affairs’ Greek Life webpage, and has had an active Greek community for over 160 years. Greek life involves over 2,000 students across campus and is governed by four councils: Interfraternity Council (IFC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and Women’s Panhellenic Association (WPA).