Getting to the Greek
December 8, 2011
Interested in rushing for a social sorority or fraternity? Let Marquette’s chapters guide you through campus greek life.
Learn Greek. Go Greek.
Sorority: Greek letter organization for women.
Fraternity: Greek letter organization for men.
Chapter: A local group of a national sorority or fraternity.
Rush: The membership recruitment process. Marquette has a deferred recruitment policy, which means a student must have at least 12 credits or transfer credits to join a chapter.
Bid: Invitation from a chapter to join their organization.
Initiation: A traditional ritual that brings the new member into full membership.
Hazing: Mental or physical abuse or harassment of a member. Hazing is prohibited by university policy, State law and national fraternity and sorority policy.
National Pan-Hellenic Council: The governing council for nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities.
Interfraternity Council: The governing council for social fraternities.
Panhellenic Association: The governing council for social sororities.
Dreaming of the perfect sorority? Brush up on your Greek and get ready for some quality girl time.
Alpha Chi Omega
Philanthropy: Domestic Violence Awareness
Best events: Drive Away Domestic
Violence and Dodge Domestic Violence
Why they’re unique: 100 percent of members are involved in other campus activities and organizations.
Alpha Omega Epsilon
Alpha Omega Epsilon
Philanthropy: Dress for Success
Best events: Founder’s Day annual formal dance
Why they’re unique: A professional and social sorority of women in engineering and technical science.
Philanthropy: Heart Health
Best events: Red Dress Affair
Why they’re unique: House holds 27 girls who keep Subway in business because it’s behind the house.
Alpha Xi Delta
Philanthropy: Autism Speaks
Best events: Puzzlepalooza and Pass Xi Syrup! philanthropy fundraisers
Why they’re unique: An Alpha Xi Delta is currently the National Panhellenic Conference Chair.
Delta Xi Phi
Philanthropy: American Cancer Society
Best events: Cake Eating Contest and Game Night
Why they’re unique: A diverse, multicultural sorority chapter at Marquette.
Sigma Lambda Gamma
Philanthropy: TRIO program, Breast Cancer Awareness
Best events: Latino Heritage Cookout
Why they’re unique: Fastest growing Latina multicultural sorority in the country.
Philanthropy: Gerontology and Alzheimer’s disease research
Best events: A Night to Remember fall gala fundraiser
Why they’re unique: House is on the National Historic Home Registry.
Pi Beta Phi
Philanthropy: First Book literacy promotion
Best events: Pie a Pi Phi philanthropy fundraiser
Why they’re unique: Members read with the third graders at “Our Champions Are Readers” program every October.
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Philanthropy: The V Foundation for Cancer Research
Best event: Jimmy V Shootout basketball tournament
Why they’re unique: Combines social aspects and humanitarian, philanthropic values.
Philanthropy: Huntsman Cancer Institute and Children’s Miracle Network
Best events: Derby Days fundraiser
Why they’re unique: Comprised of men with different temperaments, talents and convictions.
Philanthropy: The Fischer House Foundation for military families
Best events: Spaghetti Dinner and Boat Cruise
Why they’re unique: Highest average fraternity GPA.
Sigma Lambda Beta
Philanthropy: Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Latino Vote USA, The Bro. Victor Correa CPR Awareness Day, Hero Street USA
Best event: Latino Heritage Cookout
Why they’re unique: Largest, fastest growing multicultural fraternity in the nation.
Philanthropy: Youth Haiti
Best event: Taste of Omega Delta Potluck
Why they’re unique: Multicultural fraternity and youngest fraternity on campus.
Sigma Phi Delta
Philanthropy: Marquette College of Engineering Outreach Program
Best event: Incoming freshmen engineering scholarship competition
Why they’re unique: Fraternity of engineers.
Sigma Phi Epsilon
Philanthropy: Youth Aids and Domestic & Sexual Violence Awareness
Best event: Central Mall Friday Football
Why they’re unique: A Balanced Man chapter at Marquette, has no formal pledge process and new brothers are automatically life-long brothers.
Philanthropy: Habitat for Humanity
Best event: Habitat for Humanity volunteer days
Why they’re unique: Fraternity of engineers, scientists and architects.
Two NPHC chapter Presidents:
Majors: Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Fraternity: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Why I joined: “I knew most (members) because of some pre-college programs I did at Marquette. They mentored me and guided me as I transitioned from high school to college … I respected their values. (NPHC) is a culture here, and there’s a legacy at Marquette. It’s lifetime membership, so you’re a member forever. It’s like an extended family at Marquette and across the nation.”
My suggestion: “Try to get to know people in the chapter before you make a decision to join, especially for NPHC because it’s a lifetime membership. You want to make sure you’re making the right decision. I’d suggest doing what I did — focusing on college life first and getting acclimated to Marquette before getting into Greek life.”
Majors: Psychology and Political Science
Sorority: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Why I joined: “I was looking for an organization to get into because I was a commuter student. I knew some NPHC members when I was in high school. When I found out Marquette had a chapter, I wanted to join. We are also the first African-American sorority founded in the world, organized only one generation after slavery; I saw those strong ideals, and they were something I wanted to align myself with.”
My suggestion: “Do your research. Go on websites, read a book. Get familiar with current members — they’re a true reflection of what the organization is. Do some work and make yourself known, but do service because you want to do it — not just because you think it will make you look good. Be prepared to work. Expect to put forth a great effort.”
National Pan-Hellenic Chapters
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.