With over 900 potential new members this past Fall, sororities are feeling the pressure of a growing incoming Freshman classes. While more members means more resources for philanthropy, sororities are starting to worry about their organizational identities with the minimum acceptance rate.
“We really do love so many of the girls that come through recruitment, but it’s so hard to decipher who truly embodies our core values when we only get two minutes to talk to each girl,” Danielle Smith comments on her experience last Fall.
With recruitment workshops already in full swing, sororities are introducing some new tactics in the selection process to help narrow down the possibilities for this upcoming Fall 2015 recruitment week.
The Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC), the coordinating body of the twelve sororities at Texas A&M, has teamed up with the popular jewelry company Kendra Scott. This allows sororities to scan the names of potential new members into the system and mark out the ones who have made less than three purchases from the company. Officers within sororities are optimistic about how this data will improve the “Big-Little” pairing process.
The CPC is also introducing a new step in the recruitment process: the Starbucks Showdown. Potential new members must study the extensive holiday menu from Starbucks and create a drink order that will be judged on number of syllables, sugar and calorie content, flavor pairings, and amount of extra time it takes a barista to make the drink. Bonus points will be awarded if the barista cannot pronounce the name.
It’s going to be an exciting year in the sorority world, and we are all anxiously awaiting the day that rush turns into the Greek Life equivalent of the Hunger Games.
Until then, drink on my friends*.
*Just don’t drink too much or you’ll get sent to standards!