Greek Life: families away from home

Roberto Campos

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College is often filled with the term “greek life” or fratnerities and sororities.

 

For the men, USI is home to seven fraternities you can get involved in: Alpha Sigma Phi, Kappa Alpha Order, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Pi, Sigma Tau Gamma and Tau Kappa Epsilon.

And for the ladies, there are three sororities: Alpha Sigma Alpha, Delta Zeta and Gamma Phi Beta.

“When you join [a sorority or fraternity] you join for life, not just the 4 college years,” said Ashley Lind, junior early child education major and member of Alpha Sigma Alpha.

Each fraternity and sorority participates in philanthropy and provides opportunities to get involved with the community.

“Going a fraternity helps you get involved on campus, your name out there and get involved with a brotherhood,” said Tyler Robling, junior social science major and president of Sigma Pi. “It’s like joining a family.”

“We raise money to send kids with Muscular Dystrophy camp during the summer and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes [an event held to bring awareness to Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence],” said Chad Crews, senior marketing major and member of Kappa Alpha Order.

Last year Gamma Phi Beta put on a lip sync competition that raised $1,500 and was donated to PAAWS, a local no-kill animal rescue and shelter said Audrey Austill senior elementary education major and member of Gamma Phi Beta.

“Joining a sorority gets you involved with helping the community and doing things you wouldn’t normally do on your own,” said Jazmine Kellum, senior public relations and journalism major and recruitment chair for Delta Zeta.

On top of the brotherhood and sisterhood joining a fraternity or sorority provides with experience students can use after college.

“I joined for the leadership opportunities and the brotherhood,” Robling said. “Joining also helps build your resume.”

Recruitment for fraternities is done for the most part for this semester, but there will be other opportunities to join in the spring. For sororities, recruitment starts Sept. 15 and goes until Sept. 18, the ladies can find out what sorority they will be placed in on Sept. 19.

“I didn’t like USI at first,” Kellum said. “If it wasn’t for Delta Zeta I would have probably gone to Indiana University with my friends. If you’re interested in joining you should at least go through the first night to see if it’s for you. Try it out.”

If you are interested in joining fraternity or sorority life, go to usi.edu/greeklife for more information.

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