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Sorority housing grows Greek life

Published: Monday, August 26, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 10:08

Sorority housing

Staci Vandagriff, Photo Editor

Cassie Adams, a senior English major of Cabot, answers questions about the new AOPi house during the showcase held Aug 5.

The beginning of a new semester is an exciting time for any student, but for the ladies of Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Chi Omega, Delta Zeta, and Zeta Tau Alpha this year is extra special. The construction of the five southern style sorority houses is finally complete.

Aug. 11 was the official move in day for the lucky ladies who get to call the houses their homes for this school year.

Brie Gibson, a senior interdisciplinary studies major of Hot Springs and vice president of standards for AOPi, said she loves her new room. “I was the first one to move in. We all had our own time slots, so someone moved in every 30 minutes,” she said. “Everyone helped everyone else move things in, it went really smooth. It’s an honor getting to be one of the first to live in the house.”

So far, things seem to be going well for the new residents.

“It’s everyone’s house,” Shalyn Wallace, a junior chemistry major of Paragould, said. “Any of the girls can come whenever they want. There’s always someone here. I definitely think the house will help bring us together.”

Chandler Gill, a junior education major of Paragould and intramural chair of Chi O, was a little skeptical about staying in a house filled with so much estrogen, but her fears have proven to be unfounded. “Everyone has gotten so close. We’re like a family already,” she said. “It’s been nothing but fun so far, just like a big sleepover all the time.”

Each house has basically the same layout, but the girls were allowed to customize them by picking out things like the floors, wallpaper and chandeliers they wanted inside.

The alumnae played a large part in furnishing the houses and also have the ability to visit the houses whenever they choose.

“We’ve already had a few alumnae drop by. They were some of the founding members of our chapter on this campus. Seeing the house almost had them in tears because they were so excited that we finally have a place to call our own,” Wallace, the vice president of membership and recruitment for ZTA, said.

With a record number of girls going through sorority recruitment this year, the zeal for Greek life on campus is clear.

Jessica Buford, senior Zoology major of Hot Springs and vice president of programs for DZ, said she thinks the new houses will help the Greek community grow. This year more than 300 girls have signed up for rush.

“We have at least a hundred more girls than last year. It’s really grown a lot already,” she said.

With so many girls interested and a limited amount of space in the houses, the challenge is determining the lucky few who get to room there. Wallace said the houses have rooms for 20 girls, plus an RA.

Each group had their own criteria for choosing the first residents of the houses.

 “The executive officers automatically get a room, and after that it was based on who had the highest GPA out of the girls who submitted their names to be considered,” Gill explained. “Grades will always be a factor, but in the future, we will also use a point system based on involvement in the organization to see who gets to live here.”

While the sorority houses will not be able to host registered parties like the fraternities, this fact has not quelled the enthusiasm of the sorority members.

“It is such an exciting time for Greek life here at ASU,” Gill said.

 

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