Growing Greek life on campus

Beginning this summer, Sorority and Fraternity Life will welcome four new Greek groups to its growing councils and chapters on campus.

Zeta Beta Tau (Interfraternity Council) will join in Summer 2014; Omega Phi Beta and Sigma Iota Alpha (Multicultural Greek Council) will begin colonization in Fall of 2014; and Alpha Chi Omega (Panhellenic Council) will also begin their colonization process in Fall 2014.

“Every year, the intention is for our community to assess and see if entertaining expansion is healthy,” said Vladimir Charles, coordinator in the Department of Campus Life for sorority and fraternity life. “Last year, Panhellenic had a record number of women registered for recruitment – more than 800. The Interfraternity Council also has more students showing interest in joining fraternities each year. Our goal is to expose students to the many options and welcome groups that will be successful here.”

Sigma Kappa sorority bid day, 2013.

Sigma Kappa sorority bid day, 2013.

According to Sorority and Fraternity Life, approximately 4.5 percent of FIU undergraduates are involved in a Greek organization and the Greek community has grown 35 percent since 2006. By Fall 2016, they expect at least three more Interfraternity groups to be at FIU.

“For many, this is an avenue for students to explore, to get more of out their college experience,” Charles said. “Greeks set the standard to do well academically. They encourage leadership roles, support involvement, and supplement academic goals. While you don’t need to be Greek to get involved, it’s often what introduces students to the co-curricular activities available on campus.”

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