Greek Life at Pacific University is currently a bit smaller than it has been in the past, but heading in a new direction. There have been a lot of changes in the administration within the last couple of years, and Pacific’s sororities and fraternities are working to promote a healthier image of Greek Life on campus.
“In general, from national chapters at big state schools and what you see in the media, the typical stereotype of Greek Life is not always that positive, and I know that on Pacific’s campus previously Greek Life hasn’t had a great image,” Greek Senate member Fallon Broman said. “We’re really looking to turn that around and focus more on what it is that we could do for the students, and making our community service and our philanthropies more well-known.”
Fraternities and sororities are no longer allowed to pledge freshmen in the fall. But they still plan activities, participate in community service projects and recruit new members in spring to keep everyone engaged and continue learning about what Greek Life means at Pacific.
“Greek Life has been really focused in the last year or so on uniting as a whole, because when you join a chapter, you join the community of Greek life at Pacific and you join your own chapter because you feel like you fit in with their values and what they stand for,” Broman said. “That’s a good support system for you and that’s a group of people you want to be a part of.”
There are four sororities on campus, including Alpha Kappa Delta, Delta Chi Delta, Phi Lambda Omicron and Theta Nu Alpha, as well as two fraternities; Alpha Zeta and Pi Kappa Rho.
“We don’t just hang out and paint each other’s nails and do each other’s hair; we do a lot of community service,” Broman said. “I know all of the other fraternities and sororities do a lot of community service too and a lot of programming and fundraising for their philanthropies.”
Greek Senate is currently working to collaborate with other clubs on campus and do more community service with different groups.
“Greek life’s pledging process and bonding opportunities allow members to grow closer than most other clubs,” Broman said.
Any student is welcome and encouraged to join a fraternity or sorority. During spring semester, the Greek Senate will host its annual Greek Olympics will be held. Greeks also plan to host a rush kickoff and concert in collaboration with ACE Board in the spring. Many chapters will also be holding their own individual rush events to keep freshman and new members actively involved.
“Greek life has had a lot of great accomplishments in the past couple of years,” Broman said. “We’re heading in a more positive direction.”