It's all Greek

Fair provides students with a chance to learn about rush

Demetria Cantu

News Reporter

Jim Parsons

Campus News Editor

During Wednesday's lunch hour, the University of Houston's Butler Square was the site of the most visible element of the fraternity and sorority rush: the Greek Rush Fair, at which nine organizations set up tables and tried to recruit new members.

Music and food greeted the estimated 250 fair visitors outside the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library. Booths ranged from the simple table with brochures to the Sigma Phi Epsilon tent, where visitors could enjoy Subway sandwiches.

For those who are interested in going Greek but didn't have the chance to make it to the fair, here's a brief sampling of some groups' policies and requirements.

For more information on these or other Greek organizations, call the Office of Campus Activities at (713) 743-5180.

Sigma Phi Epsilon

This fraternity, which boasts the highest overall member GPA of any on campus, requires members to have an overall GPA of 2.5 and holds study halls weekly.

In addition, the national Sig Ep organization sponsors a tutor, who is also a UH student, to help members with their studies.

The fraternity's goal is to recruit about 20 members, whose priorities are expected to be academics, community service, personal development and leadership in a campus organization.

"We try to make a friend of the people we meet first. Then if they join, that's just icing on the cake," said President Casey Garrett, a sophomore business major.

He stressed the academic side of membership. "It's all about academics," he said. "Sure, we have out social activities, but academics come first."

Sigma Alpha Mu

The fraternity had eight interested applicants as of Wednesday but hopes to find 13 new members this spring.

Interested members should have a 2.5 overall GPA and exhibit individualism and leadership skills.

Campus leadership is important to the group, of which half the members are commuter students.

Leo Salinas, president of the fraternity and a senior HRM major, said he thought the Rush Fair was beneficial to everyone involved.

"It lets the students know that there's a student life and that the Greeks support the school," he said.

Tau Kappa Epsilon

TKE hopes to recruit 20 members who exhibit good academic standing, confidence, intelligence and good character.

Mark Howard, a junior RTV major, agreed that the Rush Fair is a good activity for the campus.

"We need things like this to get people involved," he said. "I think this promotes school spirit - and we need it."

Sororities

Josey Evans, the Panhellenic adviser, represents all six Panhellenic sororities on campus.

She said students seemed to have a positive reaction to the fair, and participating groups enjoyed seeing new faces.

"It helps us to put together names with faces," she said. "The students also get a chance to see what's available to them."

Students interested in any of the sororities should call (713) 743-5174 for information. Names of interested students are given to the groups who call candidates with a list of rush events they might be interested in attending.

"We encourage all interested applicants to meet each sorority, because it's a great opportunity to meet people, and they're not obligated to join in any way," Evans said.

The sororities have already recruited between 10 and 12 people, she said.

Groups that participated in the fair, but are not profiled here, include Sigma Nu, Phi Kappa Theta, Delta Chi, Beta Theta Pi and Delta Gamma.

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