Greek Life sees low numbers during rush
Formal Recruitment for Linfield’s four sororities and four fraternities ran from Sept. 11-16. For the sororities, however, Formal Recruitment ended with less than ideal results.
The first step in sororities gaining new members is Formal Recruitment, which lasts only one week at the beginning of the new school year. Next comes Informal Recruitment, which happens when a sorority doesn’t have it’s maximum number of members, which is 82 for all sororities.
During Informal Recruitment, sororities can offer spots to up to 22 more women.
None of the sororities had 82 members after Formal Recruitment and will continue to have open recruitment through the end of the semester and into the spring semester.
The number of women matched into sororities this year was the lowest it had been in the last 10 years.
“If you’re comparing this year’s recruitment to a 10-year average, or if you want to compare this year’s Formal Recruitment to last years,” said Carl Swanson, the Greek Life adviser, “in defense of this year’s Formal Recruitment, “The number of women we matched this year was lower than the number of women we matched last year. It depends on how you define success.”
Throughout the week, 129 women signed up for Formal Recruitment. However, for reasons unknown to the Greek Life staff, more than 70 women withdrew, were not matched to sororities, or dropped out from recruitment.
“Last year we used the exact same system, we had the exact same number of women sign up and we matched over 75 women,” Swanson said. “The system worked last year. It didn’t work this year. It’s hard for me to put my finger on it, but if I had to guess, I think it’s too time-consuming and complicated.”
During Formal Recruitment, 48 women were matched with sororities. Through Informal Recruitment, as of Sept. 19, an additional 16 were matched for a total of 64 new sorority members.
“We ran the system the way it was supposed to be run, and at the end of Formal Recruitment, we were able to match a high number of women with sororities,” Swanson said .
“I don’t think the current generation of college women are willing to commit themselves to this complicated, time-consuming system that we use.”
Although numbers were extremely low during recruitment, Greek Life is still optimistic about the futures of Linfield’s sororities and fraternities.
“If the Greek organizations live up to their mission statements and values,” Swanson said, “then what they’re about is scholarship, community service and sisterhood or brotherhood.”