Interfraternity Council prepares for recruitment week
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Interfraternity Council prepares for recruitment week

Published 1/15/18

Tabby Talbot

TNE Writer

Men’s recruitment week is here and the Interfraternity Council is ready to combat their low numbers of the past. Members of IFC and fraternity chapter presidents gathered at Greek Leader Retreat where they met with their sorority counterparts to discuss past issues and start recruitment week with their best foot forward.

“In the past I feel as if men’s recruitment has not been promoted enough as a whole,” said Blake Davidson, Phi Sigma Kappa president. “I believe that is a major factor in why the fraternities on campus have had a decline in numbers recently.”

Erik Smithe, IFC vice president of recruitment, agreed with Davidson’s statement.

“I understand that in the last year men’s recruitment has faced issues where less and less men are wanting to participate and join a brotherhood,” said Smithe. “It is a sad reality, but our current IFC exec board is working very hard to bring back the positive stigma that comes with being in a fraternity.”

Smithe said they are trying to be more proactive this semester with their campus endeavors to create greater awareness of what the benefits of Greek life can be. Davidson aided in that by telling how he has benefited from Greek life.

“I have met some unforgettable people that I more than likely would never have had a relationship with if we weren’t in the same fraternity or Greek community,” said Davidson. “It has helped my leadership, organizational and social skills tremendously and taught me that you can never give up on the people you love even when times are hard.”

IFC met with their Panhellenic counterparts during Greek leader retreat to discuss how they could better mirror the recruitment process the sorority women have.

Rachel Hiatt, Panhellenic vice president of recruitment, said, while men and women’s recruitment has similarities, men’s recruitment is much more relaxed. Hiatt said the relaxed nature of the process can be good, but there is a lack of structure.  

“They were really open to changes and bettering their organizations,” said Hiatt. “They lack in marketing and structure but make up for it with their unique cookout.”

Men’s recruitment week starts Monday, Jan. 15. There will be an orientation event at 7:30 p.m. in the Webb Auditorium. There, those who are going through recruitment will have a chance to learn specifics about each fraternity and what the remainder of the week will consist of. There is a round robin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16 on the second floor of the UC. Each fraternity has their own room and has a chance to spend some one-on-one time getting to know the potential new members and their individual personalities. Wednesday and Thursday are private fraternity events. Pi Kappa Alpha, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Phi Sigma Kappa, Kappa Sigma and Phi Lambda Chi will have various brotherhoods and invite all those looking to join to attend their events and get to know the fraternity better. Friday is Bid Day. New members will be announced publicly at 4 p.m. in the UC Ballroom.

Men do not need to have previously signed up for any of these events. Men are allowed to enter or exit the recruitment process at anytime they would like.

To sign up for men’s recruitment, visit the online men’s recruitment sign up sheet.

For more information, email Smithe at smithe01@nsuok.edu or visit the NSU Greek Life webpage.

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