Why Spring Recruitment? Bryon Ecker, a brother of Kappa Alpha, went through Spring Recruitment last year. He has a special perspective on the process this year. He says, “Spring Recruitment can be an untapped market because you’ve got freshman coming in the fall who said no to Greek life but regretted it, or you have people who transfer in.”
Unlike last year, all four sororities of the National Panhellenic Conference on campus had recruitment events this year. Pi Kappa Phi and KA also held events. Needless to say, Greek life is expanding on campus for 2018.
The first event for Wingate’s Greek life was on Jan. 16th. It was an IFC Info Night Dinner at Laverne where potential new members could meet both fraternities.
The next day on Jan. 17th, Pi Kapp held a dodgeball tournament in McGee. KA had a video game night on the 18th in the DPC. Some of the games they played were Call of Duty and Mario Kart.
Pi Kapp also had a video game night but in their apartment on the 22nd, and they played Call of Duty as well, along with other games. On Jan. 23, KA played capture the flag and football at Campus Lake. On Jan. 24, Pi Kapp had volleyball game planned but due to weather changed it to basketball in McGee.
KA ended their events with a bonfire at Campus Lake on Jan. 25, where they had hamburgers and hotdogs and a bid dinner on the 30th. According to Bryon, KA should know who their bids are on Feb. 5th. After Pi Kapp has their bid dinner, they will vote on who they want to give bids to.
The first event for the sororities was Alpha Xi Delta’s Sip & See on Jan. 18. It was originally scheduled to be in the Fellowship Hall but was moved to Hayes 209 due to weather.
Alpha Omicron Pi had the next event which was on Jan. 24. It was a spa night. Chloe Wellins, a sister of AOPi, said “We talked with the girls, showed our sisterhood video, and sisters talked about their experience in Greek life.” They also had desserts. AOPi gave out four bids on Jan. 29 and will be giving two more out.
Chi Omega had Coffee with the Chi O’s on Jan. 29 in Hayes 113.
The last event was Sigma Simga Sigma’s Donut You Want to be a Sigma. Tri Sigma’s Recruitment Director Kaley Geer said, “I’m very proud of our chapter for putting on a successful recruitment event and can’t wait to welcome our new sisters!” Tri Sigma will hold another recruitment event on Feb. 9.
Wingate’s Greek life definitely stepped up this spring semester and showed potential new members what it has to offer. New members got to see what each organization had to offer in a more relaxed setting than Fall Recruitment. Each new member will add something special to each organization. The future of Greek life at Wingate looks bright.
Mackenzie Green is a first-year student at Wingate University, from Asheville, North Carolina, a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, and is majoring in human services. She loves her sorority, spending time with friends, and helping others.
She also was born with a genetic disorder called Osteogenesis imperfecta, an extremely rare condition which causes the bones to be brittle and break easily. Osteogenesis imperfecta has caused Mackenzie to have to use a wheelchair for most of her life.
As a baby, Mackenzie’s mother suspected that something was wrong. When Mackenzie’s legs were curled up or bended, it caused her great pain. Her mother took her to the doctor, originally believing that Mackenzie may have a form of dwarfism.
However, after testing, it was found that Mackenzie had a genetic disorder. As a result of Osteogenesis imperfecta, Mackenzie had broken ribs and legs when she was born, and has broken over 100 bones in her life. She has also had twenty-one surgeries, and has another one coming up in December.
“Middle and high school were really hard, I had a hard time making friends and I often felt judged.” Mackenzie said. “People look at you differently.” However, she said that college has been different, and an eye-opening experience for her.“I joined Alpha Omicron Pi and I really love the relationship I have with my sisters. I’ve made a lot of great friends.”
Although she was not able to play most sports in high school, Mackenzie was a cheerleader and this was something that impacted her outlook on life. “I love to make people smile, and inspire them to do anything they put their mind to.”
Mackenzie wanted to give special thanks to her best friend in college, Madison Oak. “She’s been through so much with me and I’ve never had a friend like her before. She’s always there to help and I know I can always depend on her.”
“Mackenzie is one of the most hardworking and persistent people I know.” Madison said. “She has an absolute heart of gold and always goes above and beyond for everyone else, which truly says a lot about her character.”
Madison Laney, who serves as Mackenzie’s ‘big sister’ in their sorority, also spoke to me about her friendship with Mackenzie. “From the moment she joined Alpha Omicron Pi, I knew that I wanted her as my little. She has the brightest personality and outlook on life.”
Another experience that really impacted Mackenzie since the start of college was a generous action from the members of Kappa Alpha Order, a fraternity whose philanthropy is the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In October, the boys from K.A. built Mackenzie a ramp to give her easier access to the on-campus apartments. “It was so eye opening and it really helped to accommodate me. It touched me and my family’s hearts that someone would do something so nice for me.”
One night at a Halloween mixer held at a haunted trail, Mackenzie was faced with being somewhere that was not handicap accessible. “I went through two ticket booths and paid money to go through the trail. I was in the trail with my sisters, and the owner came up and shined a flashlight in my face, asking to escort me out. I was told I would receive a refund, but it was still disappointing.”
A member of K.A, Gage Sumrall, approached Mackenzie and the owner to ask what was going on; he quickly defended Mackenzie and tried to find a solution. “Gage took up for me and it really meant a lot.” Mackenzie also would like to thank Domenico Napolitano for helping with her ramp. “They have been so kind to me.” she said.
“She’s so caring, friendly, and joyful. She’s always fun to be around and she’ll do whatever she can to make someone happy.” Gage Sumrall said about Mackenzie.
When she’s not participating in sorority events or spending time with friends, Mackenzie is working hard for her major, human services. Her career goal is to become a D.S.S. social worker. “I just want to give back to children. I love kids.”
She also participates in Delight Ministries, and is very strong in her faith. “Religion has helped me a lot with what I go through. I’m very faithful, even though I had a hard childhood, breaking bone after bone, God always kept me going.”
“I do have an I.E.P, which is an Individualized Education Program.” Mackenzie said, speaking about her experience at college. “My teachers know I have a chronic disability. The I.E.P. gives me extra time to do my work and get to class, but I normally don’t depend on it. I use a schedule to plan my day and I always leave 15 minutes early for class. My wheelchair is electric, and I always want to be prepared just in case. I have a pretty easy time getting around campus. The only building I struggle to get to is Burris. The doors are big and heavy, so I have to go in the back way. But I’ve learned to work around things, everywhere else I can access easily.”
“People think that just because I’m in a wheelchair, I can’t do things.” Mackenzie said. “I drive, I get myself to class, I am completely independent and do things on my own. The only thing I can’t do is walk. People are often mistaken and think that I’m paralyzed. They don’t understand my disorder and that it can happen to anyone. I am capable of anything.”
One problem Mackenzie mentioned is that she worries about finding a job. “I don’t think people understand how capable I am and how much my wheelchair allows me to move. I definitely worry about finding a job in the future, and I wish more people understood that.”
I asked Mackenzie what changes she wanted to see in the world. She said she wants to live in a world where there is no more hurt, and where people with her condition don’t have to experience so much pain. She also wants to be able to not feel judged, and for people to have a better understanding of wheelchair users, and their capabilities.
Mackenzie wants people to know that no matter what struggles they go through, they should keep their head up, and never give up. “There’s some days I don’t want to get up out of bed, but I get past it. I live by the saying ‘Never give up, never back down’. You’re going to have struggles in a wheelchair. You have to keep faith in confidence to get you through it.”
The sisters of Chi Omega at Wingate University were recently selling sugar cookies on campus for a good cause: the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
As the national philanthropy of Chi Omega, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has a pretty big place in their hearts. They wanted to raise money for them, as they do every year, and they decided that sugar cookies would be a sweet reward for those who wanted to donate.
Wilkey Nelon, a sophomore on campus who decided to buy a few of these cookies was “glad they’re giving back to Make-A-Wish.”
This event happened on Sept. 21 from 8 p.m. until midnight. It was apparently a huge success, garnering around $100 after costs were subtracted. They sold the cookies in small bundles, and even put sprinkles on top for some added fun.
They sold these cookies from their South Village and Greek apartments. They delivered them all around campus, but unfortunately they were not able to get them to the Hilltop apartments.
“It was great and we appreciated the support,” said Lauren Campany of Chi Omega.
Nelon said that the cookies were “even better than mom’s cooking.”
The Make-A-Wish Foundation started in May of 1980 after the first “wish” was granted to a seven-year-old boy with leukemia named Chris Greicius: becoming a Department of Public Safety officer. After Chris’ funeral, people became moved by the story and in November of the same year the Make-A-Wish Foundation legally came into fruition.
Since then, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted over 300,000 wishes. They run solely off of donations like the ones that the sisters of Chi Omega make.
According to their website, wish.org, Make-A-Wish puts 79 percent of its donations into their actual programs that they do. From these donations, 37 percent comes from individuals, while 53 percent comes from corporate sponsors.
Kayla Bates, a sister of Chi Omega, shed some light as to why the support of this organization is so plentiful.
“We do it to provide hope, strength and happiness to a child with a life-threatening disease. It can provide a wish kid with the ability and willingness to comply with difficult medical treatments and the drive to keep pushing,” said Bates. “That determination can also help to improve their overall physical health as well.”
Chi Omega does fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation twice every semester, so be on the lookout for the next event that they hold. It’s sure to be as sweet as this one.
Recruitment may be over but here is the information you need to know.
Kendall Sienon, Staff Writer
Wingate, N.C. — It is that time of year again when sorority women all over Wingate University campus step up their game in preparation for recruitment in hopes to attract incoming freshman and other potential new members to Greek life.
Mary Catherine Boylin, Membership Vice President of Alpha Xi Delta believes that girls “should go through recruitment because there is no way to describe the feeling of having so many sister’s love and support you through your time in college and beyond. Sisters motivate and push you to fully realize your potential.”
Formal Recruitment starts Thursday, Sept. 14 and goes through Sunday, Sept. 18. All four Pan-Hellenic Sororities (Alpha Omicron Pi, Chi Omega, Alpha Xi Delta and Sigma Sigma Sigma) are participating in this year’s recruitment. There is an information meeting starting Wednesday Sept. 14 for all potential new members to learn about the upcoming process.
Diana Coyle, Wingate University’s Associate Director of Residence Life and Involvement, is in charge of formal recruitment and other Greek Life matters. Currently, there are 111 women who have signed-up for Recruitment this year. “It is fairly on par with previous years,” states Coyle. One trend seen at Wingate University is the increasing number of sophomores and juniors who register to go through.
“I think this speaks highly to the connections women make on campus during the first few years,” says Coyle “and that Wingate become their family so they want to find their sisters.”
The three nights are divided into different rounds with their own themes. The first night each sorority gives information about their philanthropy and financial obligations; Friday night is sisterhood; and the final night is “Preference” in which each organization demonstrates a special ceremony.
Bid Day is the last day in which girl going through the process finds their home. Bhumi Hardev, Sigma Sigma Sigma’s Membership Recruitment Director, claims that Bid Day is her favorite event all year, “It’s an exciting moment for me personally to see girls run out with happiness and knowing that practices with my chapter helped to win these girls over.”
There are many advantages for young college students to join in Greek Life. It helps them find a place in their college or university, it provides a plethora of social occasions, deep involvement with philanthropy and community service, there are many networking opportunities, and it helps students gain and maintain many different skills such as time management.
Anna Harbacevich from Chi Omega believes that “Recruitment is a great experience and girls should consider it whether they think they ‘fit’ the lifestyle or not and (they can) meet tons of amazing women along the way”.
One year ago, Alpha Omicron Pi, (also known as AOII), became the newest addition to the Wingate University Greek community. In a few short weeks, this newly-formed chapter will participate in their first year of recruitment.
Formal recruitment will, for the first time ever, consist of four sororities instead of three. Each organization plans months in advance in order for each round to go smoothly, mostly for the benefit of the newest members. For AOII, that category includes their entire chapter.
Soon enough, an estimated one-hundred potential new members will be walking through the doors into each round, unsure of what to expect. Rebecca Shaw, the president of AOII at Wingate, has some advice for the women going through recruitment, other than getting plenty of sleep, she said, “Keep an open mind. All the organizations have different things to offer. We all have philanthropy, we all have values, and we all have wonderful and amazing sisterhoods. These things are what make us unique and genuine.”
Ms. Shaw stresses the importance of knowing that each organization has passed down traditions, rituals, and values for over one-hundred years, and they all have something beautiful to offer. Diana Coyle, a sister of Chi Omega and the Associate Director of Student Involvement at Wingate, could not agree more, she said, “There are constant stereotypes that we battle as sorority women, but too often we do not hear about the impact of personal and professional growth that takes place or the lifetime support system that is built by membership.”
In the past year, the women of AOII have learned that the bonds they make are not just for four years; they are for life. Since there were no members on Wingate’s campus last year, AOII recruiters held a separate formal recruitment a few weeks after the other three sororities on campus had finished theirs.
Ms. Shaw went through both recruitments before finding her Greek home in AOII. She recalls that although the recruitments were separate, there were few, if any, differences between them. What made her experience a special one is the leadership opportunities she received that have prepared her to become a better woman and role model in her community.
In addition to becoming the president, her chapter had the honor of being initiated by AOII’s International President, Allison Allgier, which Ms. Shaw says was an experience she will never forget. What she looks forward to this year, is going through the other side of recruitment and watching each potential new member find her home within the Greek community. She said, “I have heard how incredibly rewarding it is to watch your fellow classmates run home to their organizations on bid day, and I look forward to seeing that joy for every single girl who goes through recruitment.”
Bid day, or the last day of recruitment, is a joyous event where all of the newest sorority members run across campus into the arms of their new sisters. There is a lot of tackling, crying, and picture taking, and this year, the women of AOII will experience it for themselves.
As Wingate and its Greek life continue to grow, many have wondered if they can expect another chapter any time soon. Ms. Coyle does not think so. She said, “I do not see any additional sororities coming into the community any time soon, but I would love to see growth within our Interfraternity Council and National Pan-Hellenic chapters. By growing both of these councils we will continue to provide increased membership opportunities for the entire campus.”
The deadline for sign-ups has past. The first round of recruitment, which is information session, will be take place tonight. For any additional questions or information, email Diana Coyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.