Introducing Greek life to Reinhardt’s campus has been a rumor for quite some time; however, starting in the Fall 2017 semester, it will become a reality.
Sororities and fraternities have been visiting campus to see if their organization would be an appropriate fit for them and for Reinhardt. Four sororities have shown interest including:
- Zeta Tau Alpha (Panhellenic)
- Alpha Gamma Delta (Panhellenic)
- Gamma Eta (Multicultural)
- Mu Sigma Upsilon (Multicultural)
The three fraternities visiting include:
- Kappa Sigma (Interfraternity Council, or IFC)
- Tau Kappa Epsilon (IFC)
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon (IFC)
The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) is one of the biggest women’s advocacy organizations, consisting of 26 national and international sororities. The North-American Interfraternity Conference, Inc. (IFC) is considered a trade association and consists of 70 national and international men’s fraternities. For more information, visit npcwomen.org and nicindy.org respectively.
Junior and Business Management major Bill Hess is currently a member of Kappa Sigma and is looking forward to the potential of his fraternity having a presence on campus. He said becoming a chapter prior to having Reinhardt’s approval was far from easy but opened the opportunity for the school to bring Greek life to campus.
“[I learned] Greek life isn’t for everyone, but it is beneficial. Outside of the typical chapter and various events, the conferences I have attended have been very helpful in developing me as more than just a brother of the fraternity but also as a person,” said Hess. “It will help bring the campus together as a whole because of the current divide between the Falany and the rest of campus. Also, it will help with the retention rate of the students because it gives students an attachment outside of classes and the sports they are here to play.”
Junior communication major Abby Snelson is hesitant to bring Greek life to campus for the opposite reason, feeling the change may alter the school negatively.
“I think it will totally change the way our campus runs because I feel like we’re all one family, but if we bring in Greek life, it might divide us,” Snelson said.
Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities Dr. Walter May said research shows Greek life will create a sense of belonging and engagement on campus, leading to better recruitment and retention.
“Assessment data tells us that those who are involved in athletics and arts perform better academically and stay at institutions where they are connected,” said Dr. May.
He said Reinhardt is pushing to incorporate service, service learning and volunteering, and Greek life will contribute to those plans. He also included that they want to create a system to engage students, and that system will be successful when it is inclusive.
Visit the following sororities’ and fraternities’ presentations to learn more about the potential organizations coming to Reinhardt for the 2017-2018 school year:
- Tau Kappa Epsilon will be visiting Wednesday, April 19 from 2-4 p.m. in the Bannister Glasshouse
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon is coming Thursday, April 20 from 2-4 p.m. in the Bannister Glasshouse
Written by: Jordan Beach; Photo by: Jordan Beach