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05-22-2001, 04:43 PM
Our school has been trying to flush out the Greek system for sometime now. The only part of sororities that rushes get to see are often the negative parts. We only had 50 rushes for 8 houses last semester. Does anyone have any ideas on how we could attract more rushes, without going to dorms or anything through the school because they won't let us. I know this is kind of touched on in other topics but I was hoping for some specific advice.
05-22-2001, 05:00 PM
This is part to some of the dumb and negative things that some people do and get people killed or houses booted off of campus and then there is the knee jerk reaction. If one did then they all do!
Most all of use know that some of the things that go on refelct on all of us because we are a closed secret organization. The schools do not or wont realize that with out the Greeks, what would homecoming be but bands and horse riders. There would be very few serving on committees. The Greeks do a lot for the schools as more Greeks contribute money back as they generaly have higher paying jobs because they had higher grades and join many things.
If you have a Greek advisor on campus you might want to talk to them as usually they are Greeks themselves.
If the school is so anti then you should get with the other organizantions and try to find out why and hopefully get it back on the right track.
You may try summer rush from the areas that your actives and alums are from.
Dont know if this helped but hang in there!
Tom Earp LX Z#1
Pittsburg State U. (Kansas)
05-22-2001, 05:24 PM
Originally posted by ZGS-99:
Our school has been trying to flush out the Greek system for sometime now.
Huh, huh, huh. You said "flush." http://www.greekchat.com/forums/ubb/wink.gif
Anyway - here are some hints.
Ben Franklin said "We must hang together, or we shall all hang separately." That is so true for the Greek system!!! Don't talk bad about each other EVER - that really turns rushees off. Try having an all-sorority retreat (at a "neutral" place if available, if not at someone's house) where you can all work out problems within the system and that you might have with each other. You have to really mean "no matter the letter we're all Greek together" and not just use it as a catchy slogan.
Appeal for help from your alumni. Make sure they come back and support school events, always mentioning their affiliation. See if they will endow a scholarship - if not within one org, for all the sororities. My alma mater (similar to the SUNY schools) has finally woken up to the fact that Greeks do a lot for the school and has been very helpful to my chapter in our planning of a reunion. Plus if rushees see this, they will realize Greek life really is for a lifetime!
If you have an advisor - make sure that they are really on your side, not just a Greek advisor in name only, collecting their check and bowing to the anti-Greekness of the administrators. Once again, alums help here. If they are not doing their job tell your alums to speak up.
05-23-2001, 07:19 PM
Well, our greek system started sending out a summer mailing to incoming students and this year it looks like it's really going to pay off! We also help move the freshman into the dorms during orientation (wearing our recruitment shirts.
05-24-2001, 02:59 AM
Some chapters may already have this but websites can have an impact. That is usually the first place a prospective goes to when considering going greek. One thing our Greek Alumni Council is trying is sending out CD-ROMs to Freshman on going greek. Mailing Rush Applications to their homes. There should be a way you could do that. Provide Rush Pamphlets that you could mail with the Rush Applications informing the student about the Greek System on campus. You could hang banners up on campus (if they let you)with the website address on them and also panhellenic should have a say in what goes on in their rush. Best of Luck!
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