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Fraternity and sorority recruitment on the rise

By BRIAN BIGELOW

Assistant News Editor

Almost 5 percent of APSU students are members of a fraternity or sorority.

APSU is home to 10 fraternities and six sororities, not including greek-lettered academic organizations on campus.

Each fraternity and sorority is governed by a council and overseen by a corresponding national organization. These include the Pan-Hellenic (PC), Interfraternity (IFC), and National Pan-Hellenic (NPHC) councils.

“Most [new members] are freshmen for IFC and PC organizations, but most NPHC organizations traditionally do not take students classified by credit hours as freshmen,” said Brianna Lombardozzi, the APSU Coordinator of Greek Life.

“For Fall 2010, 33 percent of new members were classified as a sophomore or higher based on their earned credit hours.”

In general, fraternities and sororities receive the most new recruits during the fall semester.

Recruitment numbers tend to drop during the fall from around 150 new Greek members to 50 during the spring.

According to the fraternity and sorority academic reports for each semester, there have been more female undergraduate students enrolled in APSU during every semester since spring 2007, sometimes exceeding the number of male students by more than a thousand.

But there have been more fraternity members than sorority members for the past six semesters.

Some fraternities and sororities are looking to establish, or re-establish, chapters at APSU.

“Phi Gamma Delta will colonize in spring 2012 and Pi Kappa Alpha will re-colonize in spring 2014,” Lombardozzi said. “For [the Panhellenic Council], we are currently reviewing organizations and one will colonize in fall 2011. Four sororities will present to campus for review at the end of February [or] beginning of March.”

Pi Kappa Alpha was suspended in 2010, before the beginning of the spring semester, for owing money to the national chapter. TAS

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