The Week in Greek: National Panhellenic Welcomes Over 170 Women Into the Greek Community

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Published February 7, 2016
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The Montclarion
Sorority pledges during the NPC recruitment.
Sorority pledges during the NPC recruitment.

Sorority pledges during the NPC recruitment.
Photo Credit: Jaimee Laurie

Each spring, the National Panhellenic Council (NPC) holds their formal recruitment process to welcome many eager new women into the Greek community. On the weekend of Jan. 29 through Feb. 1, NPC Montclair did just that.

The weekend started on Friday when over 200 women entered Montclair State’s Student Center with the hopes of finding a family in one of the four national sororities on campus. Both nervous and excited, these women had the support of 19 Panhellenic Recruitment Counselors, who gave up their letters to help potential new members find their new home.

Cat Farley, a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon who gave up her letters and ran formal recruitment said, “It was hard giving up my letters and I didn’t think I would be able to do it, but it was really worth it in the end and was a really good experience. I’m so happy I did it.”

The sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma, Delta Phi Epsilon, Sigma Delta Tau and Sigma Sigma Sigma dressed to impress each day as they were given the opportunity to meet different women in hopes of finding their potential new members and sisters.

Carolina Focella, a sister of Sigma Sigma Sigma, said, “It is always such a great experience seeing the women come in. They are so excited, we’re so excited and it really is our first time to show these girls who we all really are and that sororities aren’t scary and are about sisterhood and acceptance.”

After each night of recruitment, it came to the day that all NPC women and potential new members wait for: Bid Day.

173 women took to the 7th floor of University Hall anxiously awaiting to find out what organization they had received acceptance to. These women opened their bids all at once and were welcomed into their new homes within the community with excitement and happiness.

Farley said, “It was nice to see how excited they were and to see them go through the same process that I went through. I was really glad that they all found their home in the end.”

By the time the weekend was over, each organization had gained over 45 new members.

For more information on the National Panhellenic Council at Montclair State University, follow @NPCMontclair on social media.

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