SE sororities begin recruitment drive at official kickoff

By Samantha Perera, Staff writer

Recruitment for SE sororities kicked off on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. on the second floor loft of the Student Union.

Alpha Sigma Tau and Sigma Sigma Sigma, the two sororities at Southeastern, have been hosting events that began on Feb. 16 and will continue until March 4 when bids will be assigned, said Kristalena Buchanan, member of Alpha Sigma Tau.

Buchanan stated that after kickoff, each of the sororities would host its own events for the girls. “Any girl can show up to kickoff” or attend any party, said Buchanan. “At kickoff we just play games and get to know one another.”

The Alpha Sigma Tau had its first official party on Feb. 17, and the next event was on on Feb. 23. The final event will be on March 1, said Buchanan, and the girls were informed of the details on Feb. 23.

According to Buchanan, there is an initial participation fee of $5 and, “once a girl has accepted a bid from either sorority, there will be a financial obligation.” This would include an initiation and badge fee.

“Cost-wise each sorority is different and any girl is more than welcome to ask the treasurer of either sorority,” said Buchanan.

“Our open motto is active, self – reliant, trustworthy,” said Buchanan. Alpha Sigma Tau currently has 28 members and can have a total of 40, she stated.

“I had a rough semester last semester, and the sorority led me through,” said Laura Tomah, a member of Alpha Sigma Tau. “They’re a family away from home.”

“We do a lot of work service projects, especially for Habitat for Humanity.” Habitat for Humanity is a “Nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry,” according to its website. “We build with people in need regardless of race or religion. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.”

“Every spring we help build a house for the Grayson County Habitat for Humanity,” said Tomah. As the philanthropy chair for Alpha Sigma Tau, Tomah went on to state that the sorority also works with Pine Mountain Settlement School.

Recruitment events following kickoff for Sigma Sigma Sigma began on Feb. 18, according to Kayla Potts, president of Tri Sigma. The girls then met on Feb. 22 for dinner at Chili’s, followed by game night on Feb. 24.

The last event to be held will be a movie night on Feb. 28, said Potts.

“Our sorority’s philanthropy is the Robbie Page Memorial, which benefits child life and play therapy for critically ill and hospitalized children,” said Potts. “We also do community service events with the Madill girls’ home.”

According to Potts, Tri Sigma has a National Headquarters in Virginia, “where our rules and guidelines come from.”

The Tri Sigma open motto is “Faithful Unto Death” and is represented by skulls and crossbones, said Potts.

The membership fee for Tri Sigma is $100 with a badge fee of $50, stated Potts, and is due every semester.

“The women who are going through recruitment will go to the Dean’s office and find out if they received a bid from either sorority March 3 or 4,” said Potts.