Greek recruitment to be held mostly in-person

Registration closes Aug. 1; recruitment process eye-opening for potential new members

Most of the recruitment process will happen in person. The first round may be held online since most people will be present at once.

HSING-HAN CHEN | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

Most of the recruitment process will happen in person. The first round may be held online since most people will be present at once.

ALEXANDRIA OSBORNE, Evergreen reporter

WSU Greek recruitment will take place a week before classes start — Saturday, Aug. 14 through Sunday, Aug. 22. 

There are four different councils involved with Greek recruitment, said Ky Wong, Multicultural Greek Council vice president of recruitment and public relations. The councils are the Multicultural Greek Council, Interfraternity Greek Council, Panhellenic Council and the National Panhellenic Council.

Wong said the Panhellenic Council and IFC contain residential chapters at WSU. The National Panhellenic Council includes Black and African American-based fraternities and sororities; MGC includes sororities and fraternities with a culturally-based component. 

Recruitment is split into four rounds, said Rachel Willison, Panhellenic Council vice president of membership recruitment.

The first round is an open house day where potential new members visit every chapter, Willison said. During the second round, potential new members visit up to 10 chapters and learn about their philanthropies. 

In the third round, potential new members tour facilities of chapters they were invited back to. During the last round, potential new members narrow their preferences, she said.

“It’s a very intimate ceremony with up to two different chapters,” Willison said. “Then after that, you do your final preference and you run home to your chapter the next day.”

She said most of the recruitment process will happen in person. The first round may be held online because the greatest number of people will be present at once for it.

“Everyone has been on Zoom the whole past year, and we want to ease them into it and make sure they’re comfortable,” she said. “It might be some of their first in-person experiences within the past year and a half, and we really don’t want them to feel overwhelmed.”

Recruitment registration opened June 1 and closes Aug. 1, Willison said. There are different registration forms for each council.

“It’s not like you’re applying to a job; it’s just so we can get to know more about you,” she said. 

The registration forms are on the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life website, Wong said. Registration for MGC and NPC is free, but there is a fee for the Panhellenic Council and IFC; the fee increases after July 1. 

Willison said the process involves long days, and she would get tired sometimes when she participated, but overall, recruitment is not too stressful.

“It’s hard to get up in the morning sometimes,” she said, “but you will have a really great support system.”

Wong said recruitment was an impactful experience for her because she got to see different cultures display their identities. 

“It really opened my eyes up to see how many different experiences there can be here at WSU,” she said.