Greek life goes virtual

Greek Letter Organizations (GLOs) across campus have altered their fall recruitment plans due to the pandemic.

Virtual recruitment was held on Sept. 11-13 over Zoom.

“Our plans for recruitment this year are basically the same as previous years, just online format,” said Grace Collison, the president of Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority. “We will have a three-day recruitment weekend in which women get to meet the chapters and find their home. We are really excited to try the new online format and make the most out of this year’s recruitment.”

All GLO meetings and events have also been adjusted to follow safety guidelines, including NEST guidelines for COVID-19.

They have shifted focus from traditional large face-to-face gatherings to hosting virtual events and emphasizing social media presence.

“All our meetings and most of our essential functions have been reformatted to a virtual space for this semester, per Student Life, NEST and CDC guidelines and recommendations,” said Tyler Straup, the president of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.“For those essential functions that are not virtual, we plan to work with both Student Life and the NEST program to make sure that we are able to provide a safe and clean environment for any- one in attendance.”

The fraternity has also made a shift to social media to make up for physical events.

“We have adopted a heavier focus on social media-based recruitment through SVSU-provided social media pages and groups,” said Garrett Ray, the president of Sigma Pi Fraternity.

With this shift to virtual recruitment, many GLOs are having to focus on interacting more individually with the student body.

“We are having small conversations with men around campus, whether that be virtual or quick after classes just to let them know we are still rushing,” Straup said. “[We are also] inviting them to hang out in a social distanced one-on-one or two-on-two environment with our members.”

Alumni are also expected to be involved with the virtual event.

“We plan to involve our alumni even more this year throughout recruitment and the new member edu- cation period,” Ray said. “Our alumni are engaged leaders throughout Michigan and the country.”

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