IFC and Panhel Aim to Boost Greek Recruitment

Junior Bailey Mitchell plays balloon darts at the Meet-the-Greeks Carnival on Aug. 28. PHOTO BY JIM MALVEN.

Junior Bailey Mitchell plays balloon darts at the Meet-the-Greeks Carnival on Aug. 28. PHOTO BY JIM MALVEN.

BY JIM MALVEN

STAFF WRITER

In an effort to increase participation in Greek life, Westminster’s Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils hosted two new events last month, giving students the opportunity to learn about Greek life before the Sept. 9 start of recruitment. The events, a barbecue and a carnival, allowed students to meet members of Greek organizations, tour their houses or lounges, and sign up for recruitment.


“Recruitment is very late this year,” said Allison Moulton, Panhel’s vice president of programming. “We wanted the freshmen to have contact and learn about Greek life in hopes that more freshmen would go through recruitment,” she said, adding, “This also gets the freshmen to feel more comfortable so that recruitment week will happen with ease.”

Students had their first chance to learn more about Greek life when Greek passports were handed out on Aug. 23 in Sloss Lounge. Students used their passports to visit fraternity men in their houses or sorority women in their lounges. After visiting each house or lounge, students enjoyed a free barbecue.

A few days later, nearly 50 freshmen were present for the first Meet-the-Greeks Carnival, held in Mueller Leadership Hall on Aug. 28. IFC and Panhel, whose members are responsible for monitoring the actions of the school’s fraternities and sororities, assisted with recruitment signup and handed out free bags of popcorn. Members from each Greek organization were present: Some were stationed at tables to answer questions, while others competed against potential recruits in carnival-style games.

Assistant Director of Greek Life Nicole Elliott was impressed with the turnout of Greek chapters at Meet-the-Greeks.

“They are truly passionate about their fraternity and sorority experience[s],” Elliott said.

However, according to Elliott, there is still “room for improvement.” She said she wished more unaffiliated students had come. Elliott added that this was the first year for the carnival and said, “The more events we host … the stronger our community will become.”

IFC and Panhel will send out surveys to Greek organizations and recruitment-participating first-year students “to gain feedback to better [the] process for the upcoming year,” Elliott said.

“This is a learning process,” Moulton said. “We’re hoping that we will have better turnouts in the future.”

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