GreekChat.com Forums  

Go Back   GreekChat.com Forums > Recruitment > Sorority Recruitment

Sorority Recruitment Recruitment event and bid day ideas, membership retention, publicity, recruitment policies, etc.


Register Now for FREE!
Join GreekChat.com, The Fraternity & Sorority Greek Chat Network. To sign up for your FREE account INSTANTLY fill out the form below!

Username: Password: Confirm Password: E-Mail: Confirm E-Mail:
 
Image Verification
Please enter the six letters or digits that appear in the image opposite.

  I agree to forum rules 

» GC Stats
Members: 313,456
Threads: 115,368
Posts: 2,166,747
Welcome to our newest member, SapphireSphinx
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 08-11-2007, 10:51 PM
AGDLynn AGDLynn is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Georgia
Posts: 6,535
2007 UGA Sorority Rec. Article

UGA sorority tradition: Young and in a rush
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/metr...ge_tab_newstab

By ANDREA JONES
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 08/12/07

(Here's highlights of the article.)

It is an annual rite of passage playing out for thousands of young women on hundreds of college campuses this time of year, a time of emotional highs and lows that some describe as more cutthroat and competitive than getting into college itself.

At the University of Georgia, where the process is now called "recruitment," nearly 1,300 sorority hopefuls arrived on campus Friday morning in sweltering heat to move into their residence halls. Red-faced fathers lugged boxes and bags to their daughters' dorm rooms as moms hovered, unpacking IKEA bedspreads, hair rollers and piles of clothes.....

....
On greekchat.com, an online network for people in sorority and fraternity life, a mother of a UGA student anonymously posted this after she said her daughter was not invited back to any sororities after the second round of recruitment last year:

"She was devastated, is devastated, and because she is in so much pain so am I." Her daughter, she said, has "had her share of disappointments and handled them well."

"But, this has been more than she can process cut by all [the] sororities in two days when her visits seemed to go so well."

Her daughter's experience is rare most of the women receive invitations to at least some of the sorority houses at the end of the six-day, four-round period.........


Whatever the end of the week holds, the young women will venture out with the encouragement of blue-vested recruitment counselors who tell their charges to keep open minds and positive attitudes.

....
Overall, about 75 percent of young women who start the recruitment process pledge in sororities on Bid Day, the first day of classes at the university.

Some take the process incredibly seriously and solicit stacks of letters of recommendation from sorority alumnae before they get to school.

.......

There are more than 2,800 active college chapters and 4,500 alumnae chapters of national sororities nationwide, and the National Panhellenic Conference estimates there are more than 3.8 million women who classify themselves as lifelong members of sororities.

Nationally, about 82,000 new members pledge each year.

Greek enrollment peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s, nationally and statewide. About a quarter of UGA's students were affiliated with a fraternity or sorority from 1985 to 1990. Now, 20 percent are.

................
It's a mantra that's repeated over and over during recruitment that girls should go where they feel comfortable.
__________________
Live With Purpose!.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 08-12-2007, 06:47 AM
Independent Independent is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 1
Your horizons are broad

The AJC article closed with this line, " It's a mantra that's repeated over and over during recruitment that girls should go where they feel comfortable." That is so true, and girls should be open to the idea that Greek life is not the only option for having a group of friends in college. For those who are not chosen, for those who choose not to accept a bid, and for those who never go through rush (why does everything have to be renamed?), remember that there is life outside of Greek.

I graduated from FSU in 1974. Arriving on campus in the fall of 1970 I had high school friends who wanted nothing more than to be accepted by a sorority, some who disdained it altogether, and then there was me. I knew nothing about sororities, so I went along to some rush parties, dressed up in hose and heels in 98 degree heat and 98% humidity. I did not enjoy it, did not feel comfortable, and did not continue. I did not feel sad or rejected, just knew what was best for me. Back then we non Greeks were mostly Freaks, enjoying a laid back hippie style, and we had our own group, the GDI's, or to be polite, Independents.

My group included Greeks and Freaks, undergrads and grads, guys and girls. We played spades on Saturday nights, had cookouts, took road trips to the beach, and developed lasting friendships. No rules, no pecking order, no formals, no dress code, no dues, and we had a blast.

Greek life is great for many, but it's not the only option as there are many student organizations to join that can meet your social needs. The potential for rejection looms large in the Greek recruitment process. If you are rejected, or you choose not to accept, then in the words of the great philosopher, "Don't Worry, Be Happy." Make new friends and form your own GDI.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-12-2007, 09:52 AM
LPIDelta LPIDelta is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Texas but missing Wisconsin
Posts: 1,231
^^^While that's good advice, this is a board for members of Greek organizations, so we tend to think that Greek life is pretty good. Is it for everyone, no, but I can say that my college experience and my life have been enriched by membership in a sorority.

On the article, I assume there will be a correction between National Pan-Hellenic and National Panhellenic. Otherwise, I thought it was a pretty balanced piece.
__________________
Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority
Justice~Sisterhood~Love
http://whenheathermetsilly.blogspot.com
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-12-2007, 10:40 AM
Football Fan Football Fan is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Suburban Atlanta
Posts: 1,807
The placement of this article is interesting. It is a huge article which takes up nearly half of the front page of the AJC and includes photos.

The writer used the term "all white" sororities in the article. From seeing bid day photos of chapters across the country I know that NPC groups are diverse. Is this a true statement concerning the NPC GLOs at UGA?
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-12-2007, 11:20 AM
UGAalum94 UGAalum94 is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Atlanta area
Posts: 5,386
Quote:
Originally Posted by Football Fan View Post
The placement of this article is interesting. It is a huge article which takes up nearly half of the front page of the AJC and includes photos.

The writer used the term "all white" sororities in the article. From seeing bid day photos of chapters across the country I know that NPC groups are diverse. Is this a true statement concerning the NPC GLOs at UGA?
Well, although the NPC groups at UGA are diverse in term of ethnicity, they don't tend to have Black members. I suspect had there been one Black PNM the reporter would have interviewed her, so part of the problem is the lack of racial diversity in the PNM pool.

(Only a few of the groups COB/COR in the average year; the groups who are above total and recruit to quota in formal can essentially only recruit from the PNMs in formal in the fall. If African-American young women don't set themselves up for the joy that is SEC recruitment, the system is in a perpetual demographic loop.)
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-12-2007, 11:32 AM
UGAalum94 UGAalum94 is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Atlanta area
Posts: 5,386
Sorry for the double post, but I re-read the article, and I have to say, it's pretty poorly done throughout. There's not that much factual information that you have to get right, and yet the article misses the council names, the idea of campus panhellenic, the decade of DPhiE's founding at UGA.

It's like they just trotted out the usual junk but couldn't even get the details right. Here's an idea, AJC, why not let someone familiar with the NPC at UGA cover NPC recruitment?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-12-2007, 03:18 PM
myonlydaughter myonlydaughter is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 1
Other schools

While recruitment is ongoing at UGA and yet to occur at many schools, both in GA and outside of GA, the article should not have mentioned any sorority by name. As we all know a sorority at one school might be really great and "in demand" while at another school the sorority could be not very well rated, reputation, etc. While DPhiE was founded as a Jewish sorority and has been at UGA many years as such, it is not majority "Jewish" at many schools. There are other strong and active chapters of DPhiE that might now be damaged with regard to the labeling of the AJC article.

Even with bids from some of the more well known strong southern sororities and having four generations of legacies to another sorority my daughter chose DPhiE at another southern school (not UGA) and the members are not "mostly Jewish" nor is my daughter. The chapter is actually one of the largest and most popular sororities on her campus.

With that said the "labeling" done by the AJC article was detremental to DPhiE and could happen to any sorority on any campus (good or bad). Just goes to show that saying DPhiE is Jewish does not really apply to all chapters!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-12-2007, 05:31 PM
LPIDelta LPIDelta is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Texas but missing Wisconsin
Posts: 1,231
Myonlydaughter--I certainly understand what you are saying about DPhiE. I am a member who is not Jewish, in fact, I went to a catholic college. That said, I don't think this article is going to damage the reputation of the organization across the country. The reality is at UGA, DPhiE has historically been known as as a "Jewish chapter" and, to many in the community, that's all they know.

Reputations are unfortunately hard to lose in a system like UGA. I think that was the point of the article--that the system at UGA is stratified based on history or perceptions (and I was pleased that the article attempted to address that issue). DPhiE unfortunately never found an identity after the disbanding of the Jewish quota system at UGA--thankfully that is not the case on many campuses where we have been able to establish strong chapters.

It is certainly hard to see a chapter that just celebrated 70 years close--but hopefully we'll return to UGA in future.
__________________
Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority
Justice~Sisterhood~Love
http://whenheathermetsilly.blogspot.com
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-12-2007, 06:04 PM
GeorgiaGirl GeorgiaGirl is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 130
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlphaGamUGAAlum View Post
Here's an idea, AJC, why not let someone familiar with the NPC at UGA cover NPC recruitment?
Actually the woman who wrote this article is an alumnae of a UGA sorority. Who would have guessed?
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-12-2007, 07:52 PM
UGAalum94 UGAalum94 is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Atlanta area
Posts: 5,386
Quote:
Originally Posted by GeorgiaGirl View Post
Actually the woman who wrote this article is an alumnae of a UGA sorority. Who would have guessed?
an NPC sorority? That blows my mind. How could she get the Pan-Hellenic and Inter-fraternity Council stuff wrong then? Or not check her D Phi E dates?

ETA: I'm not saying that a member of another type of sorority would be more careless, but I might not expect them to know the info. the same way I'd expect an NPCer from UGA to know about the process.

Last edited by UGAalum94; 08-12-2007 at 08:16 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 08-12-2007, 08:04 PM
ShadeTree ShadeTree is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 87
Cool Don't miss the photos with the article

If you go the front page of ajc.com there is a link to about a dozen photos with the article.

Since so many posters were curious about 'what to wear' - you can see what the PNMs are wearing in the heat of Georgia!
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 08-12-2007, 09:22 PM
SoCalGirl SoCalGirl is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: San Diego, California :)
Posts: 3,980
The writer could have had it correct only to have her editor "fix" the names.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 08-13-2007, 12:45 AM
AChiOhSnap AChiOhSnap is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 582
Quote:
Originally Posted by ShadeTree View Post
Since so many posters were curious about 'what to wear' - you can see what the PNMs are wearing in the heat of Georgia!
I'm seeing flip-flops like whoa.... hmmm.....

Here's the gallery.
__________________
ACW

To let my lyre send forth the chords of love, unselfishness and sincerity

Last edited by PenguinTrax; 08-13-2007 at 09:06 AM. Reason: fixed the link
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 08-13-2007, 09:45 AM
33girl 33girl is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Hotel Oceanview
Posts: 33,990
Quote:
Originally Posted by myonlydaughter View Post
While recruitment is ongoing at UGA and yet to occur at many schools, both in GA and outside of GA, the article should not have mentioned any sorority by name. As we all know a sorority at one school might be really great and "in demand" while at another school the sorority could be not very well rated, reputation, etc. While DPhiE was founded as a Jewish sorority and has been at UGA many years as such, it is not majority "Jewish" at many schools. There are other strong and active chapters of DPhiE that might now be damaged with regard to the labeling of the AJC article.

Even with bids from some of the more well known strong southern sororities and having four generations of legacies to another sorority my daughter chose DPhiE at another southern school (not UGA) and the members are not "mostly Jewish" nor is my daughter. The chapter is actually one of the largest and most popular sororities on her campus.

With that said the "labeling" done by the AJC article was detremental to DPhiE and could happen to any sorority on any campus (good or bad). Just goes to show that saying DPhiE is Jewish does not really apply to all chapters!
A lot of D Phi E's chapters are at smaller schools where if you actually found 2 Jewish people, you'd be shocked. I think the rushees at those schools are going to figure out that the "Jewish sorority" label isn't something that applies to every school they're located at. Same with some of the other NPC groups that are "Jewish sororities" (by default or by design) at bigger schools.
__________________
It is all 33girl's fault. ~DrPhil
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 08-13-2007, 10:21 AM
LPIDelta LPIDelta is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Texas but missing Wisconsin
Posts: 1,231
My info says the decade of DPhiE's founding at UGA is the 1930s... does someone have other information?
__________________
Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority
Justice~Sisterhood~Love
http://whenheathermetsilly.blogspot.com
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
IU Sorority Recruitment Concludes with Smiles! (Article) KSUViolet06 Recruitment 16 01-17-2007 07:46 PM
Kent State sorority recruitment article KSUViolet06 Sorority Recruitment 0 10-11-2006 05:20 PM
WSJ Article on Sorority Dues and Child Support Taualumna Greek Life 43 11-19-2004 10:06 AM
Positivie Sorority Article from U of T Taualumna Greek Life 9 02-08-2004 03:58 PM
Sorority Life article dzsaigirl Greek Life 15 08-02-2002 09:19 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:07 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.