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Greeks spring into informal recruitment

Twenty-eight students joined fraternities this semester.
With a more laid back approach, spring recruitment is considered to be less formal than fall.

“It’s nowhere near as intense as fall recruitment,” said President of the Interfraternity Council Allen Goebl.  “Fall recruitment is much larger in scale and mostly focuses on introducing freshmen, who may know very little about fraternities to the fraternity system.”

Spring recruitment, however, is more informal and focuses on those who may already be somewhat familiar with the greek system.

Goebl said he favors the less formal style of spring recruitment. 

“This style of recruitment involves meeting potential members and recruiting them the same way that one would normally make a friend,” he said. “It’s a much more natural approach than structured recruitment.”

Sophomore biology major and Pi Kappa Phi member Nick Popravak said he agrees. As a spring recruit, he said he found it much easier.

Freshman secondary education major and new pledge of Delta Upsilon Brent Shedd said he decided to rush in the spring because his club soccer schedule conflicted with the fall recruitment dates.

“It was more laid back and felt more comfortable to me,” he said. “The guys didn’t pressure you to join and it felt like they were more on your level.”

Sororities, on the other hand, take a different approach to spring recruitment.

While all fraternities took a part in it, only some of the sororities participate.  Alpha Chi Omega member freshman Rebecca Hanna said the date of spring recruitment for her sorority has yet to be determined.   

However, Alpha Chi Omega is using the process of “open bidding” where students can receive a bid for the house without attending sorority events.

Spring recruitment for sororities has not been completed for Alpha Chi Omega and Pi Beta Phi while Sigma Delta Tau has wrapped up its process. The other sororities on campus are not participating.