Thinking of Going Greek?

Greek men play tug-of-war in Greek games 2011.

Greek men play tug-of-war in Greek games 2011. Photo by Kim Kalinyak

Going Greek is a great way to meet new people, form lasting friendships, and help make college a home away from home. McDaniel College offers a variety of Greek organizations for students to choose from. This assortment of different group personalities makes it easier for a student to find an organization that is right for him or her.

McDaniel currently has four sororities on campus; Phi Mu, Phi Sigma Sigma, Phi Alpha Mu, and Alpha Sigma Tau. Phi Mu and Phi Sigma Sigma are both national sororities, which means they have chapters at universities all over the U.S. Alpha Sigma Tau is also a national sorority, however, they are currently classified as a colony and hoping to be a charter sorority later this year. Phi Alpha Mu is a local sorority, which means it only has a chapter on McDaniel’s campus.

For the men, McDaniel has five fraternities to choose from. Alpha Gamma Tau, Alpha Sigma Phi, Phi Kappa Sigma, Kappa Delta Ro, and Phi Delta Theta. Alpha Gamma Tau is the only local fraternity and is also the smallest.

All students must either have completed one semester (or 12 credit hours) at McDaniel or be a transfer student from another college before they’re eligible to join a social Greek organization. Additionally, the college mandates that male and female students must have a minimum GPA of a 2.5 for the previous semester and overall; although individual organizations may have higher GPA requirements for membership.

In the Spring, female students interested in Greek life can go through a formal recruitment process. To begin this process, they sign up online and are taken in groups to all the sororities by Panhellenic delegates. After two nights of meeting all the sororities, the interested women (called Potential New Members or PNMs) are invited back to certain sororities’ final two events. Then they are finally given an invitation to join, or a “bid,” at the end of the process.

In the past, this has been the process for both semesters, but this fall the recruiting system has changed. This fall, a new informal recruitment process is starting. In this process, PNMs can be taken on individual “dates” with sisters, or attend a typically sisters only sorority event and be eligible to receive a bid to that organization.

Additionally, the sororities will be hosting events called “COR events” that all women are able to attend in order to be considered to receive a bid. Women who do not currently meet the eligibility requirements are still able to attend COR events but cannot receive a bid. Unlike in the spring, women can choose which sorority events to attend and do not need to meet all the sororities to receive a bid.

Men, on the other hand, use the same recruitment process for both semesters. Each fraternity has one event open to all men, and a second event that is invite only. After the second event, men are given invitations to join. Like the women’s informal recruitment, men can choose which events to attend and do not need to meet all fraternities in order to be eligible to receive a bid.

This may seem like a complicated process to join an organization, but members of Greek life think the benefits are well worth the hassle.

“Joining a Greek organization is like joining the greater side of McDaniel. Everyone in Greek life knows one another, and it always comes down to having mutual respect for all those who are part of it,” said senior member of Phi Delta Theta Alex Deily.

Junior member of Phi Sigma Sigma Megan Rogers said she loves “being a part of the tradition on campus and having an amazing support group.”

Students interested in being a part of Greek life should keep an eye out for recruitment announcements in campus wide emails or stop by the Office of Student Engagement for more information.


NOTE: Corrections have been made to the fourth paragraph of this article.

9 Comments on "Thinking of Going Greek?"

  1. Local Greeks | August 25, 2011 at 8:25 pm |

    ALPHA Aamma Tau, Bachelors since 1924.

  2. What happened to Omegas? I dont see them mentioned anywhere…

  3. Where are the Omegas… I dont seem them mentioned anywhere!

  4. Before you write about greek life you should probably be able to correctly name all of them. Just a thought…

  5. I wanted to comment and clarify on Alpha Sigma Tau as written in this article it appears as if the sorority is not a chapter. Yes, Alpha Sigma Tau is currently in colony status, but the chapter is able to recruit, participate in all events, and function as an organization like all of the others. I'm not sure that was clear in this article as Alpha Sigma Tau was thrown in as an afterthought after the other two National sororities. Fore more information on Alpha Sigma Tau at McDaniel, feel free to go to the facebook page.

    We do love the feature on Greek Life and encourage all students at McDaniel to consider joining an organization!

    • I care about the Omegas and Bachelors. Local greek organizations have a rich tradition rooted in McDaniel's history, as do many of the greek fraternities and sororities. If the only thing you have to say is "what are they down to? 3?" I would argue that 1.) You know nothing. 2.) You have no right to be talking about greek life. Congrats to the Omegas/AST and to the Bachelors. Also anonymously posting on the Free Press website? Might as well make a meme.

  6. Look, can we have some independent reporting please? What about the downsides? This reads like an infomercial

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