New Members Join WPU Greek Life


Sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma during Bid Day. Photo courtesy of Alex Ricci.

Megan Summers, Contributing Writer

As the chaos of the beginning of the school year starts to wind down, things have started up for greek life. Greek Recruitment Week is a time when the National Panhellenic Council begins their search for their new members. The three organizations that make up NPC, Theta Phi Alpha, Delta Phi Epsilon, and Phi Sigma Sigma, used this past week to find their new sisters.

NPC has four days of recruitment: Philanthropy Night, Theme Night, Preference Night, and Bid Day. Each day is used to get to know each organization and each possible new member that comes out for them. Philanthropy Night is the only night where all the organizations meet the possible new members together. Each room of Philanthropy Night was used to help the philanthropy chosen by each organizations recruitment chair. Each organization had activities that benefited their philanthropy.

Theme Night is where each organization shows off their “theme” for recruitment week and talk to the possible new members. Preference Night is when those who were invited back to the organization get to experience more of the organization in a more formal setting.

Bid Day is the big finale where the people who received bids (aka invitations) go and are welcomed to their new homes. Bid Day, which happens on campus, is a spectacle for all. This semester it took place in Caldwell Plaza, each organization showing off their theme, ready to accept their new members with open arms.

This week happens every semester, so each organization has a recruitment chair, a position where they organize what happens for their sorority for recruitment week.

“I really think this recruitment week went really well. I had a lot of people, PNM [potential new members] included saying how nice the rooms looked and saw that we put a lot of effort into everything as well was super welcoming and I couldn’t have asked for a better turnout. Fifty-six girls came out for recruitment this fall which is amazing,” said┬áLilly Raftopoulos, recruitment chair for Theta Phi Alpha.

“Recruitment week was hectic and exhausting but totally worth it because it made me sure that I wanted a bid from Theta Phi Alpha,” said Kimie Oscanoa, a new member of Theta Phi Alpha.

Greek life at William Paterson is very diverse and different, each organization for each council is unique in its own way. Recruitment week was a great way to get involved. Congratulations to everyone who got a bid!