It’s a rush
Fall recruitment ends, begins for PSU Greeks
| Audrey Dighans copy editor |
Students who moved back early probably noticed members of Pitt State’s seven fraternities busy fixing up their houses for another school year. That’s because the first week of classes is also the first week of Fall rush and the men of Sigma Tau Gamma, Sigma Chi, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Sigma Kappa and Sigma Phi Epsilon are all hoping to gain new recruits.
While the frats were busy fall cleaning last week, PSU’s three sororities; Alpha Sigma Alpha, Sigma Sigma Sigma and Alpha Gamma Delta, were participating in multiple rush, or as it is more formally called, “recruitment” events.
All three of PSU’s sororities are National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) members, which means they must adhere to rules of recruitment.
This means that women who are interested in joining a sorority at Pitt State must register during the summer for formal recruitment. The women, mostly incoming freshmen, move into the student residence halls a week before classes begin for the fall semester and are given a schedule of the week’s recruitment activities.
This year, each day of recruitment week featured a different activity, starting Monday, Aug. 11, with house tours. Potential recruits visited each house for a chance to meet with sorority members.
Tuesday, Aug. 12, was sisterhood night; Wednesday, Aug. 13, philanthropy night; Thursday, Aug. 14, preference night; and Friday, Aug. 15, was Bid Day, the day potentials, those wishing to join a Greek organization, find out which house they are in.
Although freshmen typically make up the recruitment pool, Rush is not limited to them. With more than 130 potentials in this year’s pool, many rush participants were upperclassmen.
Taylor Heuertz, junior in elementary education, says she was nervous at recruitment but happy that she was accepted by Alpha Gamma Delta.
“I felt super comfortable with all the girls there,” Heuertz said. “They were easy to talk to and I felt at home when I was there.”
Heuertz says her favorite part of recruitment was seeing all the houses.
“It was the first night, I got to meet everyone and it prepared me for the rest of the week,” she said.
Rush may be over for the sororities this fall, but for the fraternities it is still recruitment season. In the past, recruitment for the fraternities has been informal at PSU. This year, however, Pitt State’s seven fraternities are holding both formal and informal.
“The last time we attempted formal recruitment was in 2012,” said Jarrett Robertson, junior in history, member of Sigma Tau Gamma and vice president of recruitment for the Interfraternity Council (IFC). “It did not go well, we had three men sign up.”
IFC is the fraternity version of Panhellenic. Both organizations work to run the Greek community at Pitt State.
Robertson says there are more than 40 men signed up for this year’s recruitment process.
“I think the big difference this time around is that I eliminated individual houses having booths at Pitt Cares over the summer and had just an IFC table to recruit potentials for the entire fraternity community,” he said.
Formal recruitment for men is similar to the sorority version. Each day of the week will have different events for potentials to meet the members. Monday, Aug. 18, featured a tour of all the houses; Tuesday, Aug. 19, saw an all fraternity barbecue in the Oval; Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 20-21, are rush events; and Friday, Aug. 22, is Bid Day.
“Each house will be hosting different activities on Wednesday and Thursday,” Robertson said. “Potentials are required to attend at least three chapter events each night.”
Recruitment events during formal recruitment are alcohol-free. Fraternities are also banned from handing out bids to potentials until noon Friday, and then only to the Greek adviser or IFC Recruitment.
Bids will be announced at 5 p.m. Friday.
“Students should know that all the recruitment events this week and next week are open to anyone interested in joining a fraternity,” Robertson said. “This is meant to be a community involvement, not just a particular chapter.”