Panhellenic council to consider fourth sorority

After the sorority recruitment process left 30 girls disappointed last 12 months, Yale’s Panhellenic Council is contemplating incorporating a fourth sorority to Yale’s campus.

An exploratory committee convened this fall, which included members from all three Yale sororities, reported their findings to the Yale Panhellenic Council last week, recommending the addition of a fourth sorority. The council has not officially voted on the motion. Even though Jessica Leao ’16, vice president of Yale Panhellenic Council, explained getting 3 sororities — Phi Beta Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Kappa Gamma — on campus is regarded by nationwide requirements to be fairly tiny, it has not previously been a difficulty at Yale.

“Up till last 12 months, only one particular or two girls did not get an invitation to join a sorority,” Leao mentioned. “Whereas the most current recruitment process turned away 30 ladies — ample to fill a pledge class in one more sorority.”

The variety vying for a place in a sorority has been increasing, according to Leao. In 2012-13, 199 women signed up for the recruitment method, compared to 239 in 2013-14. Yen Truong ’15, vice president of Recruitment for Yale’s Panhellenic Council, mentioned she feels strongly that anyone who desires to join a sorority need to be provided the chance. The addition of a fourth sorority would avert a repeat of final yr, she mentioned.

Underneath this timeline, the new sorority would be in location for the opening of the new residential schools. Truong said that the influx of female students from the new residential colleges will even more strain the recruitment method.

Sarah Armstrong ’18 said the fourth sorority would offer much more alternatives for students for the duration of the recruitment process. As somebody interested in pursuing a sorority membership, she mentioned her recent fret is there is not sufficient area for everybody.

Leao mentioned the general consensus within the Greek local community was that a fourth sorority would be a beneficial addition.

“As a sorority grows, there is less focus to people,” she said. “A fourth sorority would include an additional excellent neighborhood to campus, and create far more panhellenic spirit.”

Even so, other students interviewed explained there is no want for one more sorority like the current 3 presently on campus.

Kaylan Burchfield ’18 said she is not arranging to join a sorority at Yale since the Divine Nine is not represented at Yale. The Divine 9, according to Burchfield, is the identify provided to a assortment of sororities and fraternities rooted in black heritage.

“Because I am an African American female, I do not believe that I can have the sisterhood that I am hunting for or am familiar with seeing simply because my Greek ethnic group does not exist right here,” she said.

Samantha Angle ’18 explained the residential school technique indicates she also feels no inclination to rush a sorority. Even though not entirely opposed to the notion of Greek life, she mentioned she has been able to locate a powerful social group with no it.

Laurel Lehman ’17 agreed, saying that she had identified a powerful local community of girls in her all-female a cappella group, Proof of the Pudding.

“There’s loads of overlap in between Greek lifestyle and a cappella, to be sure — but for me, I located that Proof, in mixture with some other groups on campus, far more than offered the extent of a neighborhood I was seeking for,” Lehman said.

Armstrong, who participates in a good deal of freshman-oriented activities, stated she hopes to discover the same kind of community in a sorority.

“Most of my extracurriculars are freshmen particular — FCC, Freshmen in Services — so the thought of obtaining a group that I would get to be apart of for my whole time right here is undoubtedly interesting,” she stated.

Samantha Berenblum ’17, a sorority member, agreed with Armstrong, including that her sorority has allowed her to contribute to numerous philanthropic activities and sisterhood events. Berenblum said the accomplishment of these events, in addition to a growing fraternity presence, has drawn far more interest to Greek existence at Yale.

If the Yale Panhellenic Council approves the motion, Leao explained there could be a fourth sorority involved in next year’s official recruitment procedure, which will take place in the spring semester of the 2015-sixteen academic 12 months.

“For now, we’ll be voting on whether to lengthen to a fourth chapter or not this semester, and from there we’ll open Yale’s campus to proposals that will come from nationals,” Leao said. “Over the course of the next calendar 12 months of 2015, we would be bringing a fourth sorority to campus and going by means of informal recruitment to gather the 1st class of new members.”

Founded in 1985, Kappa Alpha Theta was the 1st sorority to arrive at Yale.

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