Lindenwood Panhellenic recruitment week a success

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Lindenwood Panhellenic recruitment week a success

Sisters of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority welcome home their new members on Bid Day.
 Photo by Arin Froidl

Sisters of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority welcome home their new members on Bid Day.
Photo by Arin Froidl

Sisters of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority welcome home their new members on Bid Day.
Photo by Arin Froidl

Sisters of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority welcome home their new members on Bid Day.
Photo by Arin Froidl

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Arin Froidl | Reporter

Eighty-seven women found their “forever home” this weekend as Lindenwood’s Panhellenic Association ended sorority recruitment.

Every fall, the Panhellenic Association hosts Sorority Recruitment Week as a way to allow new women to learn about their organizations, values, and members. Lindenwood currently has three national sororities: Delta Zeta, Phi Sigma Sigma and Sigma Sigma Sigma.

“[Recruitment Week] gives women the ability to get a feel for each sorority,” said Panhellenic President and Phi Sigma Sigma member Jessica Goddard. 

Both upperclassmen and freshmen women participated in socials and events during Sept. 4-6 at the St. Charles convention center and J. Scheidegger Center to mingle with all three sororities.

All four of the Panhellenic Association members, as well as a select group of individuals from each sorority serve as recruitment counselors, often called Rho Chis. Each individual must disaffiliate from their respective organizations to serve as unbiased sources.

Delta Zeta member Taylor Fumagalli served as a Rho Chi for the week to help the potential new members get the most out of the experience. 

“[The point is] making sure the girls find where they belong,” she said.

Bid Day is the final day of recruitment week, and it’s the day when the potential new members sign the extended ‘bid’ of their chosen sorority. It also ends the period of disaffiliation for Panhellenic members and Rho Chis. 

“My friends are here,” Junior Jayde Lickenbrock said about joining Sigma Sigma Sigma. “I stand with their beliefs and values.” 

Panhellenic member and Sigma Sigma Sigma Sydney Wolf said that recruitment week is about making friendships.

“I really felt at home on the last night,” freshman Alexandrea Manno said when asked why she picked Delta Zeta.

The highlight of the day is when newly signed members run to join their sorority sisters, accepting their bid.

“[It] shows Panhellenic pride,” Goddard said.