The sorority Sigma Lambda Gamma initiated nine new members at its neophyte presentation in the Peplow Pavilion last Saturday, marking the first time the sorority has been at Bradley since 2007.
“This is the first time our sorority has done an event like this on campus, and I think it went very well,” colony intake advisor Marneka Hayes said. “We arranged for 150 seats, but the attendance far outstripped our estimate. Dozens and dozens of people were standing, crowded in the back.”
Sigma Lambda Gamma President Jhoanna Vega-Rocha said she barely noticed the crowd because she was focused on the presentation.
“I was really nervous at first because we had really good promos, videos and fliers, and I was scared that we over-hyped ourselves,” Vega-Rocha, a junior sociology and criminal justice double major, said. “Once I got over the nervousness, it was really nice for all our hard work to be celebrated and recognized.”
According to Vega-Rocha, the presentation was especially remarkable because of how public it was.
“Usually, the presentation is a secretive process, but since we are colonizing, we had to establish ourselves,” Vega-Rocha said. “We wanted to show our passion and show how much we worked to bring back Sigma Lambda Gamma.”
The unusual neophyte presentation fits Sigma Lambda Gamma’s reputation for being an outside of the box-type sorority, according to Haynes. She said the sorority doesn’t necessarily fit within the parameters of the National Panhellenic Conference or National Pan-Hellenic Council.
Vega-Rocha echoed this sentiment and said it was one of the strengths of the organization.
“We’re sort of outsiders, but we have a great relationship with the NPC and NPHC, so we would love to act as a bridge in the greek community,” Vega-Rocha said. “Greek unity is something Bradley really needs.”