ISU’s Greek life adapts amidst COVID-19, and presents challenges connecting with students
Many freshmen come to Indiana State University excited to join Greek Life. It’s a very big part of one’s college life if they choose to join. Some of the benefits include learning new skills, making life-long connections and helping achieve a balance between academic and social activities. This year however, due to Covid-19, Indiana State University Greek Life has had to adapt. By moving to a majority of classes being online and only allowing 25 people for a gathering, some say it’s limited the process. Carlos Garcia, a member of Delta Sigma Phi (Delta Sig), said, “I think the biggest challenge is connecting with students. Although having online interaction is great, it doesn’t beat the real genuine connection in person. I think Indiana State University’s administration is great for allowing us to meet with 25 people, but it leaves a big portion of guys out from recruiting. But I hope we all learn to adapt new recruitment styles.” This is a common thread from many universities.
The Indianapolis Monthly, an online news article, stated how “IU spokesperson Chuck Carney recommended that all 40 of the university’s chapters shut down, meaning Greek house residents would, for the time being, need to find a new place to live or return home.” This was an interesting development due to Indiana University actually not having the power to close down university chapters. At Indiana State University, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Andy Morgan chose to place all FSL activities on a short pause for moratorium, which halted all in person activities and recruitment. In an email to the students, Dr. Morgan stated, “This is not an easy decision, but it is important for student safety.” Nevertheless, the moratorium was lifted and Panhellenic recruitment was able to occur. Many young women were able to find their home on campus, along with many Fraternities being able to grow their ranks and induct their young men.
As far as the National Pan-Hellenic Council, composed of historically African American Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities, there has not been much word. The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. recently finished an amazing week of virtual events that allowed young women to access knowledge and resources. Switching to virtual events this semester may have not been easy, but many of the chapters on campus are doing their best to accommodate and still allow students to fully engage in their principals. They are still maintaining incredible efforts in community service to help give back to Terre Haute. If you have not had the opportunity to watch their amazing Mask up Sycamores videos throughout social media, take the time to watch the videos from these leadership organizations to learn how you can stop the spread.