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ASTalumna06 07-11-2008 04:11 PM

I went to Penn State Behrend in Erie, PA. It's a smaller campus of about 4500 students, and the male to female ratio does not work in favor of the sororities. We don't have formal recruitment, so people aren't "rushing" to join. We have to try and convince girls to come to recruitment events. So it's a struggle for the 3 sororities on campus to have large new member classes. Total is at 40, and I think one of the sororities has hit that once before. Since the time that I was a new member in Spring of 2004, I have never seen our chapter at more than 17 girls. Needless to say, when we have people come to recruitment events, it's a pretty big deal.

So a few years ago, before the school year had even started, our chapter had received an email from this girl who was transferring to our school. We'll call her Tina. So Tina is writing us back and forth, saying how she can't wait to get to school and come to our recruitment events. She says she's heard such great things about our sorority, and she's really looking forward to meeting us. So naturally, we're excited because we have someone interested who hasn't even arrived at school yet.

So she comes to the first recruitment party. And everything went well, but some of the girls indicated that she gave them a weird vibe. So then the next party happens. We don't have an official sorority house, but at the time, 4 of the sisters were living in an on-campus apartment, so we had the recruitment party there. The part of campus where the resident halls are is one giant hill, and the apartments are pretty much at the top of it. Halfway up the hill is the dorm where Tina lived. Now, the walk from her resident hall to the apartments is maybe 5 minutes (and there's even an elevator to take you up part of the way). Well, the second Tina gets to the event, she starts complaining, saying things like, "That hill is just too hard a walk to get to your recruitment parties", and "Why don't you have your parties in the student union building? That way I won't have to walk all the way up the hill?" ... seriously? I know this girl was a little bigger and it might have been a little harden for her, but you don't complain the second you walk in to a recruitment party, and you don't tell a sorority where they should have their events. Especially when you don't really know anyone.

And at the next event, which was in the student union building, she said "oh good, you girls decided to move your events down here," even though it had been planned for weeks. I guess she thought we moved it for her?

From then on, she would complain about everything, from the food we supplied to the activities we did. But she still kept coming to events (unfortunately for us, we can't just cut people). So when we voted on who would receive bids, she clearly did not get one. And our president talked to her privately about how we didn't extend her a bid. She was the only girl in the past 5 years who attended at least 2 recruitment parties that we didn't extend a bid to.

RaggedyAnn 07-11-2008 06:29 PM

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Originally Posted by ASTalumna06 (Post 1679486)
She was the only girl in the past 5 years who attended at least 2 recruitment parties that we didn't extend a bid to.

Let's put a positive spin on this. Perhaps you attract such quality women you don't need to cut anyone. :) Extending bids to everyone isn't always a bad thing.

APhiAnna 07-13-2008 05:50 PM

I have three, only one of which is from my chapter haha! I stole the others from friends.

1. Some people may find this distasteful but I thought it was hilarious. This was not even at my school...a friend of mine is an XYZ and a certain university. They had one girl, who was rushing as an active for the first time, who was known for being larger than life. She was from a foreign country and completely outgoing and off-the-wall. During recruitment they were discussing the day's PNMs as a chapter and a name came up of a PNM she had talked to. Before the recruitment chair could say anything, this girl screams "NOOOO...PLEASE GOD NO!!!" at the top of her lungs in her foreign accent. Needless to say it might be an innapropriate setting for an action like that, but everybody found it hilarious and teased her about it all year long (apparently even the recruitment advisor found it humorous).

2. This is also from a friend's chapter. They had a newer member who was also in her first year of recruitment. She was not very involved so the chapter did not know about some of her eccentricites. Apparently she is a compulsive liar. She would tell PNMs out of this world stories about how XYZ rented an airplane to fly to away games and how Kanye West performed at XYZ's invite. When other sisters came over to do their rotation bumps and asked the PNM what they had just been talking about they were baffled.

3. This is from mine. There was this PNM rushing this year who looked great on paper. Super cute, outgoing, great grades, talented athlete, etc. However, there was something about her personality, cute as it was, that was a little bit of the "I'm going to be sent to standards every week if you let me in" vibe. Nobody could put their finger on what is was but it made some sisters uneasy.

During house tours I was showing her my room and several other actives and PNMs were in the room with me. Somehow it was brought up that guys were not allowed above the first floor (it was a story about how the dad's are always stuck on the first floor while visiting their daughters waiting for the mom to come down from the upper floors) and her face starts looking confused. She says, with huge pauses in between each sentence, "Well what about...when you want to...you know...boys?" The fact that she was tip-toeing around that question just seemed too funny to us. She is a lot of fun to go out with, but judging by the problems she has caused the GLO she is a part of we think we made the right decision by releasing her.

ASTalumna06 09-09-2008 03:01 PM

yay! BUMP :)

Unregistered- 09-09-2008 03:26 PM

Glad to know this thread is open again. :)

tangelo212 09-10-2008 02:55 AM

Ok so I have one from formal recruitment this past January...

It was the second (of three) preference parties. We had just finished our preference ceremony and the sisters were chatting with PNMs in the foyer and trying to make the best impression possible on the PNMs. Often, following the ceremony, many sisters and PNMs are somewhat emotional about the ceremony and you know, RELIEVED that the exhausting week of recruitment is almost over. As you all know, this is a pretty serious and important point in recruitment-- when you are walking your PNM out the door, giving her that last farewell before she must fill out her preference card. So after a handful of girls have been escorted out, them come BACK INTO THE HOUSE frantic.

Apparently, their bags, change of clothes (PNMs change shoes outside because of the snow), and other possessions are GONE from the front path. ALL of them. As a member of the recruitment department, I feel the blood rush to my face and I start to get really hot. The first thing I thought of was, "OMG Panhel is going to cite us for letting PNMs out late (needless to say, timing is VERY STRICT)!!!!" My next thought was that someone walking through the neighborhood had stolen them. So PNMsare worried and freaking, sisters can't "seal the deal," and obviously we are not ending on a good note!

It had started snowing heavily, so we figured that maybe the Rho Chis moved their stuff so it wouldn't get wet. I made an announcement to try and calm the PNMs down and told them that the Rho Chis had moved their stuff. Then, THANK THE LORD, one of my sisters discovered the bags and shoes on our back steps.

Later on, we cracked the case. Turns out a boyfriend (and a few of his fraternity brothers) of a sister had played a "prank" and hid all the stuff in the back of the house. Ha. Ha. Very funny. Many sisters felt that they couldn't end on a really strong note with their PNMs. We were pissed. He ended up sending flowers to the house and apologizing profusely. Also, his fraternity was pissed at him as well for jeopardizing relations with our chapter. The next day when the recruitment team got the new member list, I actually counted the number of PNMs who were going to join us and seeing which preference party they had attended. Turns out, pretty much equal numbers from all three, so I guess the fiasco didn't influence the PNMs' decisions all that much!

LucyKKG 09-10-2008 03:27 AM

Haha OMG if I had a bf who did that, I'd freaking KILL him!

AOII Angel 09-15-2008 08:30 AM

So...I just finished helping out my collegiate chapter for 2nd round parties this weekend. We had a few weird stories:

1. PNM who is the cousin of a past AOII chapter president at this school tells her rusher "I have fallen in love with XYZ!" Really! Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!!

2. PNM is picked up by an AOII at the door. When they sit down, PNM says to AOII, "You're going to hate me, but I hooked up with your boyfriend while you were upstairs sleeping one night!" You can imagine the AOII's reaction.

3. PNM asks AOII, "So...I heard you guys haze really hard. How mean do you get?" AOII assures PNM that we do not haze, that it is against AOII and university policy as well as our personal beliefs. PNM then says, "Well...I know you're lying to me!"

Talk about some bold PNMs for Day #2! I was shocked!

SWTXBelle 09-15-2008 08:33 AM

Well, there's three easy cuts!

AOII Angel 09-15-2008 08:55 AM

No kidding!

ilovetheviolets 09-15-2008 06:04 PM

Recently I was at a school helping with recruitment. I went to a small school and went through recruitment in 2001, so I was surprised to see how things have changed fashion-wise. Many women came in wearing what could only be described as "booty shorts", little black tight shorts, and heals. Now during the "open house" I was ready to let this slide as they were told to wear something you would wear when you go out for the evening. What surprised me even more was that the next day during the philanthropy round I saw them wandering around in the oversized Panhellenic shirts that were given out, with the same shorts and heels! Not so much weird, just interesting.

Xidelt 09-15-2008 11:09 PM

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Originally Posted by ilovetheviolets (Post 1718229)
Recently I was at a school helping with recruitment. I went to a small school and went through recruitment in 2001, so I was surprised to see how things have changed fashion-wise. Many women came in wearing what could only be described as "booty shorts", little black tight shorts, and heals. Now during the "open house" I was ready to let this slide as they were told to wear something you would wear when you go out for the evening. What surprised me even more was that the next day during the philanthropy round I saw them wandering around in the oversized Panhellenic shirts that were given out, with the same shorts and heels! Not so much weird, just interesting.

Hot pants for rush? Where and when is that ever appropriate??? I recently went to my husband's HS reunion and it was held on a saturday night in a club. The hottie single classmates who wanted to impress everybody wore halter tops and black hot pants. Okay for a bar. Not okay for recruitment. Just say NO to PNMs in hot pants!

sceniczip 09-16-2008 12:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Phine (Post 1672030)
I have one that is a little more serious but still a weird story from recruitment...
My chapter is new on campus and we don't have a house in the Greek Village with the other sororities yet, so we used a room in dorm nearby for recruitment. The room was really hot on pref night. We were in the middle of the ceremony when all of a sudden one of the PNMs started to stagger around. No one had any idea what she was doing. She actually fainted because of nerves and heat. It was a pretty scary moment but she ended up to be okay. Now, we figure if we survived that incident during our first formal, we can make it through anything.

I did this during one of our ceremonies as a new member. I was soooooo embarrassed! All the girls were so nice but still when you look up and see about 65 girls staring down at you you just want to crawl under a rock...

a couple stories I have:
we always have a greek life ice cream social where everyone interested can come check out the different sororities and fraternities but some people just come for the ice cream so this being my first time on the other side of recruitment, one of my sisters and I started talking to girls together. we approached two girls and were like "hi we're amanda and sharon" and the girls don't say anything except hi (the one girl didn't even say anything at all) then sharon goes "are you interested in greek life?" (since they obviously didn't seem overjoyed to see us) and the one girl says in a really snotty voice "we just had this conversation!" we kindly said our goodbyes shortly after but man did I make note of her so I could remember her...

another girl had found me on facebook and knew I was a DG and had expressed interest in going DG. our greeks help out with freshmen move in so freshmen move in day arrives and I go over to work my shift and I run into this girl and I was like oh cool at least I know she's interested in greek life but she was pretty mean to me and I was wearing a DG shirt! it was like DUH! I know move in is stressful but still if you've publicly said you're interested in DG, being mean to one of the sisters is not a good start...

two stories that happend to friends of mine:
it was the first round of recruitment (the first three are open houses, the girls just have to make sure they visit all of the houses and get their books stamped before continuing on in recruitment) and this girl announces she is a legacy to my friend (my friend is in another chapter) and also a legacy to DG. so my friend asks her "What do you like to do for fun?" the girl's response "drink" I'm not sure what went through her head but needless to say both my friend and I were disinterested after that...

another one was a friend I work with who is not in a sorority was in a bio lab group with a girl from a different chapter than mine and I guess the girl was complaining about how ugly their new members were and how she didn't like any of them etc... in front of the rest of the lab group and it's not like she knew if any of them were going through recruitment...

thankfully I haven't seen any of these other crazy stories yet but I'm still new at recruiting so I'm sure I'll get them... I think the best part is when our alums come back and act as PNMs to help get us ready because they ask the craziest questions!

loveinxi 09-18-2008 03:08 AM

Soo....my stories arent too interesting...but somewhat amusing

I made the big mistake while talking to a girl the first night
PNM: Well I was in band my junior and senior year; I played clarinet my junior year and I was drum major my senior year
Me: Oh, you changed instruments your senior year?
PNM: NO...
Needless to say I was like omg Im retarded

Night two was disaster night
We dont have houses so we have recruitment in the great hall at our school that can be sectioned off four times with these room dividers, however they arent too sturdy. Every year we make a teddy tower. Its our wooden letters (That are like 4-5 ft tall) on top of a table with teddy bears stuffed all over it. Well the DGs next door hit the divider and the D FELL...followed by a cascade of teddy bears. One of my sisters who was right below it caught it and still continued talking to her PNM while the rest of the room gasped. (If she hadnt caught it, it might have taken out her PNM). Then the next party that night after the slideshow, the paper fell off the wall and I (yes clumsy and ditzy) backed into the lights in the middle of the party and they went off. The third party the virus scan came up in the middle of the slideshow and wouldnt go away. Then the fourth the slideshow just stopped like five pictures early. Needless to say we were glad the night was over.

Oh and I asked one girl what her hobbies were and she said "I dont have any, I just go to class and watch tv" and apparently someone else got the same answer from her

LucyKKG 09-18-2008 03:12 AM

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Originally Posted by loveinxi (Post 1719614)
Well the DGs next door hit the divider and the D FELL...followed by a cascade of teddy bears. One of my sisters who was right below it caught it and still continued talking to her PNM while the rest of the room gasped. (If she hadnt caught it, it might have taken out her PNM).

Hahahhaaha that cracked me up! I just got a visual in my head and I'm gonna laugh about it for dayyyys!


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