I am writing in response to the article “After handing out bids, fraternities to keep recruiting” (Sept. 20, online).
As Greek life at GW celebrates 155 years on campus, I want to point out that the Interfraternity Council represents only one of three councils at GW. While the IFC is embracing ongoing recruitment, the organizations within the Multicultural Greek Council each have their own recruitment models and cycles. Some initiate new members every semester and others may select only fall or spring.
Unlike the Panhellenic Association or IFC, the MGC is composed of both fraternities and sororities. The organizations under the MGC umbrella are also culturally based, but not culturally exclusive. For example, I am of Hungarian and Italian descent and found my niche in the Greek-lettered community through Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., a Latina-focused, though not Latina-exclusive, sorority.
I encourage all students to research the wide array of Greek-lettered organizations available at GW to find the right fit. Talk to current members, visit their national websites and find out what they stand for.
You might be pleasantly surprised by what you find. I know I was.
Amanda Bates is a 2007 graduate of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and member of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc.