Sorority recruitment is undergoing a small change this year but is seeing a larger number of recruits.
While fraternity recruitment has remained the same, sorority recruitment will incorporate a break in between its weekends.
“I hope it affects the girls in a positive way by making it easier,” Panhellenic Recruitment Chair Jade Peters said. “A lot of students go home over Labor Day as well as Rosh Hashanah. So by not having recruitment over those two weekends we hope girls will be at Bradley and not feel that they are pulled to either go home or go through recruitment.”
Ben Williams, associate director of fraternity and sorority life, said a carnival will be held on Sept. 19, during the break between sorority recruitment on Fredonia Avenue.
“That weekend, there will be inflatables, carnival foods and other entertainment,” he said. “I hope all women will take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the wonderful sororities that are a part of our community.”
Williams also said he thinks the carnival will be educational for those going through recruitment.
“The sorority community has worked hard to use the weekend as an additional opportunity for those women going through recruitment to learn more about each organization,” he said. “ I anticipate that this weekend will provide an increased opportunity for the women to make more informed decisions regarding their recruitment selections and assist them in finding a home on Fredonia.”
This year the greek system is seeing more students participate in recruitment.
Peters said there are currently more than 350 people signed up, at least 40 more than last year.
“We are pleased to see so many students that are interested in being a part of the greek community,” Williams said. “We are very optimistic that we will see increases in the total amount of men and women who choose to affiliate with one of our fraternal organizations on campus.”
Although the increase in students going through recruitment could be attributed to the large freshmen class, Williams said he thinks the greek system has contributed.
“The Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils have worked hard throughout the welcome week period and throughout the summer on promotional materials and increased visibility,” he said. “I would be inclined to say that the interest is a result from their strong efforts.”
Peters said she agreed.
“We always have had such a great greek family at Bradley,” she said. “Not only does the large freshmen class size help but the fact that we have really gotten our name out there and have shown what we do as greeks such as philanthropies, academics etc.”