Greek life adds new brothers and sisters

Bid day brings in more members

By Kaitlin Trujillo
On September 22, 2017

Photos Contributed by Sigma Kappa, Pi Kappa Alpha, Delta Zeta, and Kappa Delta Rho

Greek life expanded by 130 members on bid day Sept. 17, following formal recruitment.

"The atmosphere on bid day was exciting and nerve wracking," Micah Healey, Delta Zeta president, said. "It was like celebrating a birthday but for 30 people and it was a surprise for everyone."

The two Sororities on campus, Delta Zeta and Sigma Kappa, added 30 members each.

"We always welcome sisters with literal open arms," Rachael Lindberg, president of Sigma Kappa, said. "When we run into each other’s arms and hug, some people feel so at home and welcomed that happy tears flow."

The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity added 26 gentlemen, Lambda Chi Alpha added 3, Kappa Delta Rho added 16, Kappa Sigma added 23 and Tau Kappa Epsilon added 2.

Sorority recruitment is a ceremonial process that includes Rho Gammas, counselors that disaffiliate from their chapters from March until bid day.

Bid day for Delta Zeta and Sigma Kappa was held on campus and then at the ASU lake house.

Fraternity recruitment is different from their female counterparts.

"Fraternities are more informal and laid-back," Caroline Wallace, Rho Gamma and member of Sigma Kappa, said. "With sororities, it has to be more structured and organized."

The five fraternities invite potential members to spend time with the current members at casual get-togethers.

"We had a preference night at one of our brother’s grandparents’ house" T.J. Spies, Kappa Sigma brother, said. "We just kind of hung out with the potential new members and gave them information on Kappa Sigma."

"It’s hanging out doing normal stuff: eating, swimming, playing sports, talking about football and all that stuff," Yahir DeSantiago, senior Founder of Kappa Sigma, said.

After getting to know the recruits, each chapter decided who they would offer bids to.

Members of Greek life said that they joined for the community and service opportunities that are provided to them.

"I joined Delta Zeta because I wanted to have a close group of friends while still helping the community, staying on top of my studies, and building leadership skills," Healey said.

"I feel like we have a great group of guys. It gives you the ability to explore your campus, get to know it, serve your community, and grow in brotherhood," DeSantiago said.

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