Recruitment! - Greek Life at St. Lawrence

By: 
Kathryn Sawabini
Class of: 
2015

It's that time of the year again!  In mid-September, more than 100 sophomores, juniors and seniors at St. Lawrence University have gone through the recruitment process to participate in Greek Life on campus.  The process started the second week of September when all the girls toured the four sororities on campus.  These include Delta Delta Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Chi Omega and Kappa Delta Sigma.  During that one week, each sorority hosted events to get to know all the ladies and at the end, each sorority welcomed a group of new members.

Greek life is a bit unique at St. Lawrence because both males and females can only go through Recruitment beginning in the first semester of his or her sophomore year.  This allows all first-year students to stay very involved in their First-Year Program and explore other organizations on campus.  Besides being a member of Delta Delta Delta, I am involved in Habitat for Humanity (and live in the theme house), Cheese Club, the Outing Club, work as an Admissions Ambassador and am a gallery monitor in the Brush Art Gallery.  As you can tell, Greek Life is not the only thing students are involved in.

As a senior, it's interesting reflecting on my experience during Recruitment.  I decided to rush with my friends, not knowing what to expect.  Through Tri-Delta, I have met a lot of fabulous females on campus I never would have never met otherwise and I have been able to become more involved in the Canton community.  We hold different events throughout the year, some with the rest of Greek Life and some on our own, where we invite members of the local community. Tri-Delta’s national philanthropy is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, so throughout the year, our chapter plans fundraising and awareness campaigns on campus that benefit this philanthropy.

Within the three eligible classes (sophomores, juniors and seniors) at St. Lawrence, 18 percent of females and 8 percent of males are involved in Greek Life.  There are two fraternities on campus, Beta Theta Pi and Alpha Tao Omega.  Both fraternities accept new members at the same time sororities take their new members.  Greek Life is a wonderful community to be involved in on campus and the Greek community stays with you once you graduate.  My mother was a member of Kappa Delta Sigma while she was a student here and now years later, she speaks fondly about her time in the sorority.