Sorority recruitment prepares for new sisters

Kara Protasio, [email protected], is a junior mass media major.

It’s that time of year again. Sorority recruitment is next week starting on Tuesday. Over one hundred girls are signed up and ready to find their new sisterhood.

“In our region that’s been a trend. So KU and K-State both saw increases in participation and recruitment. Baker saw an increase in participation and recruitment, so I was hopeful that we would see that same increase,” said Jess Barraclough, director of student activities and greek life.

There are four sororities or chapters that are going through the recruitment process. These are Alpha Phi, Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta and Zeta Tau Alpha.

The recruitment process is four nights long. Each night has a different theme. These are the following activities for each night:

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 (On Campus)

Go Greek Night will begin at 6pm and will last until 9 p.m.

Potential New Members will meet in the Shawnee Room at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sisterhood Night will begin at 6 p.m. and will last until 9 p.m.

PNMs will meet in the Shawnee Room at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Philanthropy Night will begin at 6 p.m, and will last until 9 p.m.

PNMs will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the Shawnee Room.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Preference Night will begin at 6 p.m. and will last no later than 8 p.m. unless there is a need for a third event.

PNMs will meet prior to their first Preference Party in the Shawnee Room.

After the conclusion of the last party begins the period of silence, and PNMs will complete their Bid cards.

Girls will be divided up into groups with a recruitment counselor to guide them along the way.

“The recruitment counselors are ready to have their women that they get to help throughout the process,” said Barraclough. “I think we are prepared and excited about next week and all the good stuff that it brings.”

Each sorority will have to have a quota of how many girls that can join their chapter. Quota is determined by a math formula that involves looking at the history of each chapter for the past three years to numbers of how each chapter is doing. The math formula also looks at the number of women who complete participation throughout the entire week of recruitment and divides it by the number of chapters participating in recruitment.

“I’m looking forward to expanding and growing our greek community,” said Evan Arnold, vice president of panhellenic council. “I also want to see where each girl goes and see the end of recruitment because we have been working really hard.”

There is a recruitment orientation meeting 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 in the Kansas Room. Any women interested signing up for recruitment may register at: sororityrecruitment.com. It costs $40 to register.

“If someone was on the fence about whether or not they should do it, I always say go for it,” said Barraclough. “Because you get to meet a lot of people and you get to learn a lot about the history of Washburn and the history of our organizations.”