This week, the Greek community is preparing for the recruitment process that brings in new members to sororities and fraternities each semester. Though Greeks do not make up the majority of students at Geneseo, those who are involved value their experience and look forward to welcoming new members.
"Spring semester is usually a bigger time to recruit because freshman are now eligible," said InterGreek Council Panhellenic President and senior Christine Moran.
The recruitment process is a series of informational events to allow interested students to decide if involvement in Greek organizations is right for them. For recruitment, Greek organizations typically follow a schedule of events to introduce students to current members of the various sororities and fraternities on campus.
Moran urged interested students to sign up for recruitment events.
"It's a small time commitment," Moran explained, "and you are able to get a feel for what it is to be Greek."
Students who sign up are not required to join a Greek organization.
After sign-ups, local and national sororities hold two separate "Rush Kick-Off" events, in which interested students circulate around sororities' tables to learn more about the organizations.
"It's a very informal event," said Mercy Agyepong, a senior and president of the InterSorority Council.
Moran agreed: "It's like a casual meet-and-greet."
Based on events such as these, members later invite students to more selective formal functions.
Both Moran and Agyepong stressed the positive benefits of Greek involvement on campus.
"It's a great social network," said Agyepong. "I met so many people I wouldn't have met otherwise."
"It's a huge networking opportunity," Moran added, noting that many Greek organization alumni have helped members with jobs after college.
Sign-ups for those interested have been going on all week in Milne Library and will continue until Friday, Feb. 1. The recruitment process continues until final bids are distributed on Feb. 16.