The Spring semester is almost here, a season filled with intercession courses, Spring Break, Fox Day, and of course sorority and fraternity recruitment. But this year’s recruitment season is a little different from what Rollins is used to.
Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) have decided to move both women’s and men’s recruitment forward a week from its traditional time slot. This means that women will be participating during intercession week and men will be participating during the first week of classes. Further, last year’s sorority recruitment started each night at 6 p.m. and ended near midnight. This year it starts at 3 p.m. and will end near 11 p.m.. Last year’s recruitment also had 7 events, but this year, with the inclusion of ADii, there will be 8 events.
”The influx of women going through recruitment and scheduling makes recruitment a very consuming experience. Potential New Members (PNMs) must go to every chapter,” Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life Aubrey Frazier said.
While many students may go into the process thinking they know which sorority or fraternity they want to join, meeting all of the organizations may change their initial idea.
By moving the process to the week of intercession, women will go through recruitment without the impact it traditionally has on academic classes. Hopefully, this will ease past tension between professors and FSL.
The new dates for recruitment will also increase overall participation in FSL. Last year, 233 women registered for recruitment and 209 started the process. This year, 250 women have registered and an estimated 230 will start the process. This date change of sorority recruitment allows for athletes, Holt students and A&S students who are taking Holt classes to participate. This will ultimately allow for a more diverse group of sorority women on our campus.
“This move allows more women to go through recruitment who are seeking that part of campus life,” Frazier said.
One of the other positive things about this move is that men’s recruitment will no longer conflict with Martin Luther King Jr. week. MLK week is one of the largest campus-wide events at Rollins, and one Aubrey believes that FSL should be an active part of. This shows support of diversity and inclusion initiatives on campus, while help Greek organizations live up to the values they preach.
The shift in dates is intended to serve as an overall benefit to FSL–recruitment serves as an important factor to the strength of Greek organizations.
”The recruitment process is very important to the chapters. It is the livelihood of a chapter,” Frazier said.
*Photo of 2013 Sorority Bid Day courtesy of Scott Cook