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IFC encourages fraternity recruitment

Published 2/6/19

Zac Thomas

TNE Writer

The Interfraternity Council (IFC) is considered the governing body of all on-campus fraternities. The council is tasked with regulating the actions and interactions of each organization through set bylaws and standards that the board creates. Along with creating rules, IFC is tasked with creating a good name for the fraternities on campus. This is achieved through educational events, positive social media representation and recruitment assistance in the fall semester.

In recent years the IFC has felt that the job of recruiting men has been unbalanced, with fraternities relying on the IFC too much. IFC has encouraged the chapters on campus to not rely on IFC to recruit men for their fraternities. As a result, the role of a fraternity recruitment chair has become a much more valuable position for the chapters.

“I think chapters have lost their determination to rush incoming students along with the IFC,” said Ethan Autry, IFC recruitment vice president.

Autry said it is IFC’s job to assist the fraternities with the formal recruitment process, but fraternities have lost some of their ability when it comes to recruitment. Members of each organization should see rush as an aspect of the fraternity they can also take part in.

“Fraternities will assemble a recruitment committee or team during rush that only consists of a few members,” said Autry. “This usually leads to little or no effort in rushing by other members. Chapters still need to have rush committees, but they also need to stress that rush is everyone’s responsibility in the chapter.”

Autry believes spreading the responsibility of recruitment throughout the entire chapter allows chapters to see a much more successful and well-rounded semester in terms of recruitment.

Last fall Pi Kappa Alpha had 38 men sign fraternity bids. This was the most of any fraternity that semester and by far the most successful semester for the Pi Kappa Alpha chapter in over five years.

“I think Greek life activity on campus has been lower this year, but with losing the two largest fraternities on campus this is to be expected,” said Michael Scott, Pi Kappa Alpha recruitment committee president.

As the head of recruitment for Pi Kappa Alpha, Scott is tasked with finding men that best represent the interests of his fraternity. Part of this process is leading his committee and planning rush events, but another important aspect of leading the recruitment process is answering questions potential members may have about Greek life in general.

“I think the main reason anyone on campus would hesitate to go through recruitment is because they do not think they will fit in with the typical ‘frat boys’,” said Scott. “It is very important to make guys feel welcome even if they do not join the chapter. While there are a lot of amazing things that members get to participate in, it does not mean that they do not fit in with us or that we think any less of them.”

Scott thinks one of the most difficult areas of recruitment is not necessarily the act of recruiting men, but the structure of recruitment itself.

“Most difficulties during recruitment are easy to overcome,” said Scott. “However, the number one thing that gets to me and any Greek life organization is that rush week is usually one of the first weeks of school. It is nearly impossible for new students to get a feel of so many organizations with so many things to offer in the first two weeks of college. I think that is one of the main areas that Greek life struggles and one of the first problems we should solve when trying to better Greek life at NSU.”

In fall 2018, Sigma Tau Gamma returned to the NSU campus. Due to coming back midway through the semester, Sigma Tau Gamma was required to recruit at an odd time in relation to the other fraternities. IFC had no regulation on the recruitment of the chapter until they were officially chartered by the fraternity’s national board.

“A few of our biggest challenges when recruiting last semester was not only how late in the semester it was but also the unknown factor behind restarting a fraternity chapter as a whole,” said Jeriah Steward, Sigma Tau Gamma recruitment director.

Steward said although Sigma Tau Gamma did not have the assistance from the IFC they are thankful for the help offered to them by their national adviser and alumni.

“We created buzz through word of mouth from the guys who were already passionate about Sig Tau,” said Steward. “I think the IFC would have definitely helped the organization of our recruitment process.”

In the fall Sigma Tau Gamma receives the same benefits other chapters are given during formal rush. Steward is confident the fall 2018 semester has prepared their chapter for a successful fall 2019 class.

“Sig Tau has a unique beginning and a clean slate, and I believe that we can use those factors to our advantage,” said Steward. “With the IFC’s support we will be able to maximize recruitment opportunities.”

IFC has planned to present events to the fraternities to improve their ability to successfully recruit incoming students in the fall of 2019. For more information about the fraternity recruitment process, email Autry at autrye@nsuok.edu.


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