Zeta Psi Omega tries to be new breed among the UH sororities

Demetria Cantu

News Reporter

Sure, Zeta Psi Omega may fit in with other sororities, but despite its small size ZPO sisters are showing off their school spirit and bringing new ideas to interested candidates who want something a little different from a Greek organization.

Established in 1996, Zeta Psi Omega is one of the newest sororities at the University of Houston. Not only does it have a lower GPA requirement for prospective members, but it also has a lower requirement for the total number of completed course hours.

Members of the sorority are only required to maintain a 2.2 GPA, as opposed to the 2.5 minimum in other Greek groups, and they only need to have completed 12 hours of study at the university.

"Most sororities also have a requirement that their members be enrolled in at least 12 hours per semester. We don't have that," said senior finance major and sorority President Angela Warren.

However, Zeta Psi Omega is a local sorority and does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Houston Collegiate Panhellenic Association, which governs the national sororities with UH chapters.

She explained the sorority was formed to have an "organized effort towards school spirit and community service."

"We're not your typical sorority," said freshman political science major and Rush Chair Roni Pallack. "Before I met the members, I had a stereotype in my head about what sororities were all about, but they changed that."

Sorority members have contributed to Chi Omega's fall Chi-O Carnival, proceeds from which benefited the children at the Center for the Retarded.

Zeta Psi Omega has also formed a Big Sister program in which members go to various Houston-area schools in order to help students study for their upcoming Texas Assessment of Academic Skills tests.

"It's hard that we're so small, but we still have the opportunity to help out the larger organizations with their philanthropy," Warren said.

She said the group would like to see an increase in membership in order to gain more opportunities to help other Greek organizations perform community service and show off their school spirit.

Anyone interested in learning more about Zeta Psi Omega should call Pallack at (713) 717-5661.

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