On One Hand

January 24, 2006

Sorority Bid Night – Deferred Rush

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http://thecampuspress.com/news/2006/01/bidday.php

Published in The Campus Press

Spring recruitment successful despite lower numbers
Matt Pizzuti
Staff Writer

About 341 women received bids to join sororities in the face of circumstances that were not ideal Wednesday night in this year’s formal recruitment, said Membership Recruitment Coordinator Bailey Donovan.

Members of the Greek system were nervous about recruitment this year after a change in policy pushed recruitment back to spring rather than fall.

Donovan, a senior chemical engineering major, noted that the numbers were “a little bit lower than we expected.”

Sororities anticipated 20 percent fewer recruits based on numbers from other campuses that switched to spring recruitment, said John Henderson, Director of Greek Affairs.

Roughly 550 women started the recruitment process to get into CU’s sororities this year, down from 600 to 700 women in a normal year, Henderson said.

Panhellenic President Katie Matthews, a senior integrative physiology major, said deferred recruitment has put sororities at a disadvantage.

“We miss a full semester of getting membership dues,” Matthews said, and noted that the money lost can reach up to $30 thousand a year in some houses.

“Our numbers are lower now,” she said. “I still think fall recruitment is best for this campus. The sororities will try to go back to fall recruitment sometime.”

Henderson said the focus is now placed on retaining recruited members. He hopes a higher percentage of new sorority members return at the start of their sophomore year after the change.

“We’re anxious and excited to see what the retention rate is going to be for this group,” Henderson said.

He said many believe that women recruited in the spring are more likely to stick to their decision to join a sorority.

“Folks seem to have a better sense of what they want than active members saw in past recruitments,” Henderson said. “Women who waited patiently for a semester are really interested.”

One new recruit would seem to agree.

“Now you know who you are,” said Kristy Dietz, a freshman fine arts major, as she waited to see which sorority would invite her to join. “By the time it comes to rush, you know that the stereotypes about sororities aren’t true.”

But Dietz said she would have preferred to rush in the fall.

“I went through rush to meet other people,” Dietz said. “If I had rushed in the fall, I would have more friends by now.”

Some sorority members were as anxious about recruitment numbers as they were a year ago when the decision to delay recruitment was made, Henderson said.

“It just feels different,” Henderson said. “You still have people who run the gamut” in their views on the situation. “Some people are going to want to change recruitment back to fall next year.”

Henderson added, “some people think the lower number of recruits directly results from spring recruitment, and that’s never going to change.”

But Henderson praised the way recruitment was conducted, saying that sorority members and recruiters did a good job running recruitment.

“They way they put on the spring formal recruitment shows how strong the sorority community really is,” he said.

Donovan agreed with Henderson’s sentiment.

“We’re really proud of the way the chapters pulled together,” she said.

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