Recruitment shouldn’t move
October 6, 2011 Leave a comment
by Hannah Weigle
First, I would like to thank The Rambler’s editorial staff for opening a medium through which our campus can debate the pros and cons of second-semester recruitment. As a Greek woman I have experienced all three sides of formal recruitment, having been a potential new member (PNM), an affiliated member and an unaffiliated member this year.
I have no intentions of speaking on behalf of the Panhellenic Council (Panhel) or any individual chapter on campus. This is my opinion based on my experiences of being an insider in Transy’s tradition of formal recruitment. Now I would like to express briefly my opinion on some of the issues expressed in the editorial.
The Panhellenic Council does everything in its power to minimize the stress level for PNMs through the four days of recruitment. This year Panhel experimented with starting recruitment Thursday and ending Sunday with Bid Day.
The ladies did not have to stay late entering information on computers this year. Greek Affairs Coordinator Amy Jo Gabel and the Panhel recruitment team took on the burden of dealing with such logistics.
If a PNM still finds formal recruitment too stressful she can withdraw at any point. If she desires to join a chapter after formal recruitment is over, she can participate in continuous open recruitment (COR), which is well advertised on the Greek life website through Inside Transy.
On the subject of academics, August term will allow first-years to have a taste of the academic standards at Transy before recruitment starts in September. This opportunity gives incoming students a considerable advantage that currently affiliated members never had.
It is in the chapters’ best interests to support their new and active members in excelling academically. All members must keep a certain grade point average in order to remain in the chapter and for the chapter to exist. New members are welcomed into a well-connected support system that encourages them to succeed academically.
Dues for new members are costly, ranging between $600 and $1,000. Much of the first-year dues goes toward one-time fees for things such as badges, initiation and other budgeting needs.
All of these fees must be paid within the first year, if not in the first term. Waiting a term to join a chapter based on savings is illogical and has the potential to create more financial strain on new members. After the first year, the costs of dues for initiated members are reduced significantly.
There was an opinion expressed that leadership positions within chapters get in the way for leadership in other organizations joined by first-years. Members of the Greek community are well represented as leaders in many organizations outside the Greek system including on athletic teams, the Student Government Association and the Student Activities Board, as well as in music programs.
Many also serve as resident advisers, admissions ambassadors and student orientation leaders. Leadership opportunities pursued by Greek women are not limited to officer positions in their chapters.
The Rambler’s editors bring up many points to consider while contemplating the idea of changing the formal recruitment process, but I fail to see any major advantages in changing the date of recruitment.
While being unaffiliated this year during formal recruitment I had the opportunity to reflect upon my own experience as a PNM. I have come to recognize that my decision to go Greek and join my sisterhood has been a tremendously transformative point in my life.
If I had not made the decision to participate in the formal process of recruitment I would not have decided to join my chapter. Without my sisters, I would not be the same person I am today.
In the end, the Panhellenic Council has placed its trust in the current process for formal recruitment. This process is proven to be the best option for women that participate in Transy’s Greek life. I lend my support to the formal recruitment process as it stands now.