Greek life welcomes new members at Bid Day celebration


Members of all four Panhellenic Sororities gathered around the Nott Memorial. Photo by Shawn LaChapelle.

Megan Brown, News Editor

Monday, September 23 at common lunch was the annual Bid Day celebration between the college’s sororities: Kappa Delta Phi (KDPhi), Delta Phi Epsilon (DPhiE), Gamma Phi Beta (Gamma Phi) and Sigma Delta Tau (SDT). Over 90 new members from the sophomore class are now affiliated with a Greek organization and are currently in new member training.

Johanna Sosa ’21, Junior Recruitment Chair of Sigma Delta Tau, mentioned how she was looking forward to getting to greet all the new members at the Nott. “Bid Day is always such a special celebration because we get to welcome over 30 new young women into this community.”

When asked about her leadership role, Sosa exclaimed, “I feel very honored to help represent such a well-rounded, enthusiastic group of girls… SDT made me feel so welcomed and at home when I joined last year and it was a way for me to further involve myself in the campus community.”

Nicole Cornell ’21 was a Rho Gamma during the entire recruitment process, acting as a guide to her group of potential new members as they made their rounds through each house for the three nights of recruitment.

“Being a Rho Gamma was one of my favorite ways I have involved myself at Union so far. It was so nice to be a role model to these girls as they went through the process of finding the perfect fit for them.”

Cornell added how much she enjoyed also forming relationships with other Rho Gammas because it was a way for her to further get to know people in other Greek organizations. “It was like we all had an instant new circle of friends…I got to spend time with people that I may not have otherwise crossed paths with.”

Madyson Whitney ’21 is the Philanthropy Coordinator for DPhiE and says she is really excited to have new members. “I’m super excited for the new members to get involved in helping to plan our philanthropy events this term.”

Whitney discussed the two main philanthropy events that DPhiE takes part in: ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders) Week and Deepher Dude which is an “all male pageant to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.”

Kristen Hazleton ’21 is a member of Gamma Phi Beta and enjoyed being on the other end of recruitment this year. “I was really excited to go through recruitment and meet more people.” She also mentioned how she “appreciated the hard work that happens behind the scenes with recruitment.”

Each new member now is enrolled in new member education where they are learning about the rules, regulations and commitment that it takes to maintain standding in the sorority, including a minimum requirement of community service hours.

“Being part of this organization is an amazing way to not only get involved more on the campus, but also to find another community that you know will always have your back,” Whiteney stated.

She added that she knows that she can always rely on any of the girls, even those that graduated, to be there for her no matter what.