As bid day approaches and Greek recruitment comes to a close, potential new members (PNMs) face more required steps before they take part in Greek life. This year, a few changes to the process will occur.
Senior Ashley Harris, president of Chi Beta Epsilon sorority, has experienced the recruitment process multiple times.
“The last weeks of recruitment can be stressful, but they also allow for each PNM to evaluate their recruitment experience,” Harris said.
RSVP was on Thursday, Jan. 17. RSVP is a day for all PNMs, men and women, to choose which organizations they still wish to join. After that, Greek organizations voted to determine who they would invite to their final recruitment event. This is the first year men have participated in RSVP.
RSVP is followed by pref day which will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the Fiesta Room. Pref day is similar in nature to RSVP, explained Briana McGlamory, coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Life.
“On pref day, all potential new members who participated in RSVP and received an invitation to a final round Rush Party…will fill out a pref card where they will rank the organizations in order of preference,” McGlamory said.
After pref day, Greek organizations vote to determine which PNMs they wish to invite to become members. Greek Council uses the pref cards from the PNMs and lists of bids from the organizations to match up every student to an organization based on the preferences of PNMs.
The final step of the recruitment process, before Bid Day, is Greek 201. Greek 201 is the newest addition to recruitment, and will take place the night before Bid Day at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in Laurie Auditorium.
“During this presentation, members of the Greek Council Executive Board, members of CCI and the Dean of Students will speak on matters regarding Orientation,” McGlamory said. “These topics include time management, what to expect on Bid Day and the university’s policy on anti-hazing.”
There is also a meeting called Greek 101 which takes place at the beginning of recruitment where organization presidents and Greek Council recruitment co-chairs gave PNMs information regarding each Greek organization and the rules governing recruitment, respectively.
Senior Erick De la Fuente, recruitment chair for Pi Kappa Alpha, believes that the way Trinity does recruitment, specifically regarding its rules and length, has its benefits and drawbacks.
“The rules can be too binding and do not give enough room to be creative or even spontaneous with events,” said Erick De La Fuente, the Rush Chair for Pi Kappa Alpha. “Overall I think I’m a fan of the longer rush period, as it gives a chance to really get to know some of the rushees. It would be nice if the rules were a little less constricting.”
Harris believes that the length of recruitment and events such as pref day and Greek 201 have their place in Trinity’s Greek life.
“I personally believe our process allows for friendships to really develop between actives and PNMs,” Harris said, “Hopefully, the time (at the end of rush) is taken to find a great organization they feel they belong in.”