Fraternities and sororities offer involvement opportunities

Published by adviser, Author: Amber Cannon - Campus Life Contributor, Date: September 12, 2013

“I don’t have a lot of sisters, so for me, being in a sorority hits home because it gives me those sisters that I can lean on. I love the sisterhood we have,” said Jahmara Marchman, 21, a senior political science major and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Marchman initially didn’t have any interest in joining a sorority but said the love she received from her sorority sisters was the deciding factor in joining Alpha Kappa Alpha.

“I didn’t know any of these girls before joining Alpha Kappa Alpha. I was having person trouble back at home and the way they were there for me was unexplainable. I’ve never experienced a bond like this, with girls especially because we all know how snotty girls can be sometimes,” she said. “It was so refreshing and new. At that moment, I knew there was no way I could be without these girls. I knew I had to go Greek.”

According to Marchman, every day was a slumber party with her sorority sisters.

“Every day is literally a sleepover! I always have someone to talk to about new movies, new music, or Drake,” she joked.

John Coulter, 20, a junior pre-physical therapy major, stated that the people that he met at orientation altogether made him join a fraternity.

“When I went to orientation for Pi Kappa Phi, I was amazed by how passionate everyone was about their fraternity or sorority,” he explained. “You could really tell that these people cared about one another, so I followed my intuition and joined a fraternity.”

Coulter stated that the funniest thing about being a part of Pi Kappa Phi is the leadership trips the fraternity takes each year.

“Last year, we took a trip to Baltimore,” Coulter said. “I really enjoyed it. It’s always fun getting to spend time with your brothers in school, but outside of school, it’s like a party all the time. This year, we are going to Atlanta which should also be a great time. “

Apart from the leadership trips, Coulter explained that his favorite part of being in a fraternity is the events that Greek Life throws.

“We throw a lot of different events throughout the year. During the spring semester, we hold an Alcohol Free Mix-Off where we, along with many other organizations, make our very own non-alcoholic drinks based on the theme of the event.”

Greek Sing, another event held by Greek Life, is hosted during the spring semester. Each organization tackles their singing and dancing abilities to raise money for charity.

“Being able to donate to charities is the major reason why I decided to go Greek,” Coulter said. “The cool thing about Greek Sing is all the money we receive from admission and donations goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “

Ryan McMullen, 20, a junior dance major and member of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity, reveals that his experience with his fraternity has been amazing so far.

“Let’s be honest. When I first arrived at Slippery Rock, I didn’t have a lot of friends. Trying to find that balance between who to trust and who not to trust was difficult,” he explained. “I decided to go to Meet the Greeks to see what each fraternity had to offer.”

McMullen said surprisingly, each member of Alpha Sigma Phi was very friendly and welcoming.

“After getting to hangout with these guys for a while, I realized that I found the friends that I was looking for. It’s also great because I know that no matter what, I will always have someone here for me. The brotherhood that we established will remain forever. ”

McMullen expressed how being in Alpha Sigma Phi has helped him develop into the person he is today.

“Being a part of Greek Life really help me fit in here at Slippery Rock. I don’t know what I would do without my brothers.”


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