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Going Greek Brings Opportunity to Students

February 22, 2018

by Whitney Martin

Greek life is a popular and important aspect on a college campus due to how much student involvement it generates. Greek life can be found on most college campuses throughout the United States. LSUS brought Greek life to campus in 1969 with the fraternity, Delta Omicron Mu, and then in 1973 came Phi Mu Fraternity for women. Since then, LSUS Greek life has grown to eight active sororities and fraternities.

Greek life is centered around fellowship, leadership, community and much more. Many say it helps students who wish to be a part of an organization come together to enhance their college experience. Students learn how to successfully run and keep up an organization. They must also maintain a good academic standing in order to remain a member.

“Students who are involved in Greek organizations tend to have a higher GPA than the average student because there are requirements for each individual organization to remain active. These students also gain a community and new friends and those relationships last beyond college,” Chelsa King, assistant director of student activities and recreational sports, said.

Each organization has their own philanthropy of their choosing. Each organization strives to bring awareness to their chosen cause. The sorority or fraternity not only raises awareness, but also raises money for their philanthropy. They may hold fundraisers or use other ways to help. While helping their philanthropy, this also helps members learn how to organize and put on events.

“Greek Life is an essential part of any college campus. You can find these students leading, or being a part of other organizations on campus. Greek life brings the fun and creativity to extracurricular functions on campus. When you think of organizations and college, Greek life is one aspect that can’t be excluded,” King, said. Perhaps one of the most recognized events that takes place each year is Rush Week, which typically takes place each fall. Each organization has their own way of letting potential members learn about their organization. This week is where potential members explore the different groups and decide which ones may best fit them.

“Potential new members learn about the chapter’s activities, philanthropies, the national organization and about the brotherhood/sisterhood. Games, food songs, matching outfits and lots of enthusiasm is a must to make it through such a long week of activities,” King said. “Each day of rush week is designed to convey this information for the potential new member to make the best decision to join the organization that fits them.”

Greek Week typically happens in the spring semester. It is one week where fraternities and sororities have food, games and fun on campus for all students. The Greek Council plans the festivities for the week, focusing on the Greek games. Games include wheel barrow racing, extreme dodgeball and the infamous tug-o-war. This is also a week that focuses on recruitment of new members. This tradition first began on LSUS’ campus in April of 1983. Like any other student organization, there are a few requirements that must be met in order to remain active. Each sorority and fraternity must submit all paperwork on time. This includes registration, grade forms and chapter rosters. Each group is also required to attend Greek Orientation and Risk Management Training every year. Along with those requirements, each group is expected to abide by the Greek Council Constitution as well as the student conduct handbook.

Potential members are usually recruited in the fall and spring semesters. For more information on Greek life or a particular sorority/fraternity, please visit Greek Life.

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