By Samantha Rosen
Recruitment season is officially over, meaning girls can forget autopilot conversations about where they live on campus and why they want to be in a sorority; guys can say goodbye to nightly parties and rush “events.”
Recruitment for guys and girls varies in almost every aspect. While girls plan their outfits for weeks and visit 16 houses, guys get informal invitations to parties from the fraternities they are interested in, with themes such as “Blunts & Burgers.”
“I think the difference between men and women’s recruitment is way too extreme,”Sophomore letters and sciences major and Alpha Epsilon Phi Vice-President of Recruitment Jaclyn Mehl said. “Men have a way more natural process where they get to see each others’ natural personalities, whereas women’s is way more meticulous and planned out.”
During the PanHellenic Association (PHA) recruitment, some feel that girls do not truly get to know each other during the short time they have at each sorority house. Conversations may begin with “So, are you a freshman?” and continue with “Oh, cool! Where do you live on campus?” However none of these questions say much about the potential new sister, and there’s often not time to delve into deeper conversation.
“I like the fact that girls visit every house to get a feel for each one,”Delta Sigma Phi Vice-President Robert Hodges, a sophomore engineering major, said. “It’s basically impossible for every guy to do that now.”
“Although it’s nice that the sorority process is mandated to be fair, it comes with cons,” he said. “I feel that the sorority process is so mandated and fake that it’s rigged in a sense, and it doesn’t allow for more diversity in the chapter. Because girls recruit the same person as themselves and this is why sororities gain certain ‘images’ per se, for lack of better words.”
Additionally, women are almost guaranteed a bid to a sorority at the end, if they maximize their options throughout the entire rush process.
Men, on the other hand, may walk away with no bids if they didn’t click with the guys they talked to at a party or event. Many guys also choose not to pledge after rushing and just take advantage of the constant invites to parties during recruitment.
“Well, [rushing and not pledging] definitely is something that happens pretty often and now, as a member of a frat, it’s unfortunate to see people doing that,”Andrew Cohen, a sophomore accounting and finance major and THEOS Sports Philanthropy Vice-President of Finance, said. “However, we really don’t know what’s going through their minds throughout the rush process and making a commitment to pledge a frat is a big one.
“Honestly, from a neutral perspective, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it,” he said. “Rush is a great experience regardless of whether or not you continue with the process and decide to pledge.”