Greeks prepare for spring recruitment

Shantel-Ann Pettway

Spring recruitment is underway at WKU, and Greek life hopes to see growth. 

Greek Affairs Coordinator Alexandria Kennedy said the recruitment process can be difficult to explain, but urged students interested in joining a Greek organization to reach out to Student Activities or come to a special meeting.

An informational meeting will be held Sunday, Feb. 8 in Downing Student Union, Room 3020 at 6 p.m. for interested students to gain more knowledge about Greek life on campus. 

The informational session will inform students about the three different greek councils on campus: the Interfraternity Council (IFC) for fraternities, the National Panhellenic Council (NPC) for sororities and the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) for historically black sororities and fraternities.

The term recruitment refers to the IFC and NPC chapters, while intake is the term used by NPHC chapters. Recruitment is offered to all undergraduate students and intake is typically for upperclassmen, said Kennedy. 

“Recruitment for NPC is more successful in the fall because incoming freshman (sic.) want to join right away,” said Kennedy. 

Maximum spaces are also a factor in why fall recruitment is more successful for NPC. There is a “total” number, as described by Kennedy, calculated every fall, after formal recruitment, as the maximum number NPC greeks can recruit.

The “total” for this year is 147, meaning there can be up to 147 recruited members, but all Greek chapters must have at least three members to be considered an organization. 

Though the NPHC and IFC don’t have the “total” guideline, they’re still required to have at least three members. 

Other requirements that Greeks adhere to are G.P.A. standards. Each chapter can set their own GPA standard, as long as it matches the university’s standard. 

Incoming freshmen are welcomed in IFC and NPC chapters. Those potential recruitments must have a high school GPA of at least a 2.5.

Charles Megargel, the IFC vice president of Recruitment, believes that going Greek can add to the college experience. 

“Each chapter will focus on different areas, ranging from community service, brotherhood, athletics or a campus and community concentration,” said Megargel.

Bradenton, Florida sophomore Taylor Zebracki, a member of Kappa Delta sorority, didn’t engage in recruitment during the fall semester of her freshman year, but was excited for joining in the spring.

“Once I was in a sorority, I had more opportunities than those who weren’t Greek,” she said. “You have more opportunities not just in college, but with careers and anything.”