By: Grace Coughlan, Associate Editor
Registration for Panhellenic recruitment opened Nov. 1, allowing students to register for sorority and fraternity recruitment for the spring 2021 semester.
The recruitment process will be held in a completely virtual setting, starting Feb. 3. It welcomes all students, including those who aren’t currently residing in Towson.
“There are not a lot of opportunities to go out and meet people on campus/in classes,” said Phi Mu rush chair, Jenna Collins. “With greek life, you’re given that opportunity to create real friendships and personable relationships, even if we are a virtual campus.”
According to Alpha Epsilon Pi rush chair, Jordan Schwartzberg, while COVID-19 has proven to be a problem, his fraternity has made the most of it.
“COVID-19 has definitely made it harder to rush, but the people who did rush have been able to make much more instant personal connections to the brothers than in a regular semester.” Schwartzberg said.
The Panhellenic community has been hosting virtual open house events for students interested in the process of recruitment and in understanding howGreek Life works. According to Collins, these open houses provide more opportunities to get to know the different sororities and fraternities.
“Each organization is given a two hour time period over zoom where the organization will give an introduction about who they are and what they stand for,” Collins explained. “The potential new members are then able to talk to chapter members more in depth about the things we do, events we hold, and how we support each other. It’s a great way to get a feel for all of the different organizations.”
According to Schwartzberg, being in a fraternity has provided him with connections and opportunities that he feels he wouldn’t have had otherwise.
“I got an internship through an AEΠ networking Facebook group,” he said. “I’ve had friends get stopped at the airport and meet people who have given them jobs because they were noticed by their letters. The philanthropy is too amazing!”
Madelyn Pachilis, a member of Kappa Delta, explained that while recruitment can feel stressful, the outcomes were worth the process.
“You get to meet so many amazing people and see the wonderful things that every chapter has to offer,” Pachilis said. “Even though recruitment will be virtual, I highly encourage everyone to join because the bond between sisters and the kindness they all show will still be obvious even through a screen.”
Students interested in registering for Panhellenic recruitment can access the online application.