After a raucous day of Greek life celebrations on Northwest’s campus, fraternities added 69 new members and sororities added 116 to their chapters.
The fraternities started to arrive on the Bell Tower side of the J.W. Jones Student Union. Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the first fraternity to arrive, showed up with the intent of making a statement, waving their fraternity flag and blaring music from a stereo.
More fraternities started to make an appearance. Each group was carrying their own flag, and some of them brought stereos to play their own music. After all the fraternities arrived, they formed a semi-circle in front of the Bell Tower entrance of the Union.
While they were waiting, some of the guys threw a football around for a one-on-one scrimmage. At 1 p.m., it was time for the new brothers to join their fraternities. Each chapter was introduced individually as the new members sprinted out of Union to catch the embrace of their new brothers.
Overall, the fraternities shared positive sentiments about their new recruits and Bid Day.
“It all went well. All the chapters have some good guys,” said James Palmer, recruitment chair for Phi Sigma Kappa.
“I love the new guys. I thought it was an awesome time to come out and show some of the new guys how excited we are for this upcoming year,” said Noah Graham, a three-year member of Tau Kappa Epsilon.
The sororities had gathered on the lawn in front of Roberta Hall, just after 3 p.m. Each group had an assortment of signs, color-coordinated shirts and chants to add to the moment's intensity. While most of the chants got muffled out by all of the other noise, the phrase “Bring them home” was the loudest and clearest of all the chants.
By 4 p.m., the campus was buzzing with energy as new recruits prepared to meet their future sisters. Similar to how the fraternities were introduced, the sororities were called out one at a time. Once they were called, the doors couldn’t contain the girls as they sprinted to meet their sisters.
The new sorority women were ecstatic to be a part of their new sorority.
“I am really excited to be in a sorority,” Elizabeth Mendick, a new member of Phi Mu, said. “I was so excited to see who I got that I could not get my card open.”
She said she didn’t always want to be part of a sorority, but her friends convinced her to at least give joining the sorority a shot. “I am so happy I listened to them,” Mendick said.
As the women were running out of the Union, the fraternities cheered them on from the Bell Tower.
For anyone that still wants to join Greek life, open enrollment is now open. If students have questions, they should visit assistant Director of Greek Life Joanne Sapp at the Student Engagement Center, located on the second floor of the Union.