The coronavirus has had unforeseen consequences on the Creighton student experience, and many people have begun to express concern over the impact it will have on Fraternity and Sorority Life and the upcoming recruitment on campus in the beginning of 2021.
Fraternities and sororities have been forced to make adjustments to move things online to accommodate the Creighton COVID-19 community standards and to keep the greater student body safe.
Weekly chapter meetings now take place on Zoom, all in-person social events, such as date parties and formals, have been canceled and initiations for new members were postponed with the hopes of celebrating them in person at a later date.
Many were optimistic that formal recruitment, scheduled to take place in late-January, would occur in person, but instead, it will be entirely conducted on Zoom — including virtual bid day celebrations.
“I think recruitment will bring less new members because people do not want to do online recruitment,” sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences and member of Tri Delta Abby Porter said. “You lose out on a lot of the experience that you get with in-person recruitment.”
However, Porter remains hopeful regarding member retention rates. Tri Delta’s fall continuous-open-bidding process occurred on Zoom and was successful.
Several students expressed concern over the detriments experienced this year in the greater fraternity and sorority life community.
“The enticing drive of Greek life is the ability to feel camaraderie and either brotherhood or sisterhood,” sophomore in the Heider College of Business and member of Beta Theta Pi Atta Toosi said. “With the novel coronavirus, I feel that much of Greek life hasn’t had the opportunity to meet or to fulfill its main goal.”
Ben Orzolek, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, chose not to go through recruitment as a freshman but is choosing to participate in recruitment for a fraternity this year.
He said he has been excited to make new friendships and to go through the process, but he felt that with Zoom fatigue, “a lot of fun is being taken out of recruitment.”
With the extended winter break, fraternities and sororities now gain more time to prepare virtual recruitment and adjust to the unprecedented changes to the process due to COVID-19.
Those involved with Fraternity and Sorority Life on Creighton’s campus look forward to a return to normal in the near future so the sense of brotherhood and sisterhood can be maintained and upheld for the years to follow.