Fraternity pledge numbers rise by 20 percent

Two-hundred and fifty men accepted bids from fraternities last week, a 20 percent increase from last year’s recruitment figures, an official said.

Dean Harwood, director of Greek-letter life, said the school expects another 100 and 150 men to join IFC fraternities in the spring semester.

“This fall pledge class is shaping up to be one of the largest since KA officially re-chartered at GW,” said junior Brandon Hines, public relations director for Kappa Alpha, which re-chartered on campus last fall.

Hines estimated that more than 100 men attended at least one of the fraternity’s three events during recruitment last week and attributed the success to the “excitement and enthusiasm on behalf of the brotherhood.”

Sigma Phi Epsilon President Ben Koppenheffer said although there was a similar number of students interested in his fraternity as last year, the quality of students was higher than last fall.

“The cumulative GPA of this year’s rush class was the highest ever,” said Koppenheffer, a senior.

In addition to revving up publicity, many fraternities also held public events.

Alpha Epsilon Pi President Scott Schmelzer, a senior, said, “The rush events that we found were most successful were held in open areas that attract people walking by.”

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