By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief
Greek Life festivities at the University of Lynchburg will ramp up in the second half of the semester.
At Lynchburg, Greek Life provides an avenue for students to develop leadership skills, participate in service projects and socialize with others.
Cassandra Matthews, a member of Tri Sigma and a senior, talked about what her sorority means to her, stating, “Tri Sigma’s mission statement is ‘to establish among its members a perpetual bond of friendship, to develop in them strong womanly character, and to impress upon them high standards of conduct.”
Matthews continued, “I have held leadership positions in the past, but currently I am a general member. It is hard for me to answer what my favorite events are that Tri Sigma holds because they really are all so fun and special, whether the event is geared towards fundraising, strengthening our sisterhood, or meeting potential new members. One event that I am really excited about right now is our fall formal. We have not had a formal since before the pandemic, and I joined my sorority right as the pandemic was hitting, so I have not been to a formal. I still have my dress that I bought for our fall 2020, one that we did not get to have due to covid-19 restrictions, so I am excited to finally wear it.”
“After fall break, Tri Sigma will be hosting more Meet the Sisters events. These are events where students can come to hang out with us and learn more about our organization and get a feel for what being in our organization is like. We are having a pasta and pizza night on Sept. 30, and a paint night on Oct. 13. Getting new sisters is such an exciting feeling, so it is really fun to talk to people who might be interested,” said Mathews
Prior to fall break, sororities were also trying to raise awareness about their missions on campus. Matthews stated, “Tri Sigma had a bake sale and lemonade stand where we raised money for our philanthropy, the Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation, which puts money towards play therapy for children, improving the health of mothers and babies, as well as leadership training and scholarships for women. At one of our Meet the Sisters events, we made scrapbooks for families with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). In addition to our philanthropy events, each sister is also required to complete a minimum of 16 hours of community service. There are many opportunities to achieve this, whether by volunteering at a community event such as the VA 10 Miler or by participating in one of the university’s service plunges.”
Matthews concluded, “I would say more freshmen and sophomores join Greek life than upperclassmen, but Greek life is open to any student regardless of age, so long as they have at least 12 completed credits from the University of Lynchburg and meet the GPA requirement. If you are looking to build strong relationships, gain leadership experience, and give back to the community, then Greek life could be for you.”
Director of Student Engagement and Leadership Development B.J. Keefer stated that the best part of Greek Life is that when one graduates, one can always find a local chapter and participate after graduation. She stated that once a person is in a sorority, the person is in the sorority for life.
Keefer wants for people to disregard stereotypes regarding fraternities and sororities that are presented by films and movies, stating, “Unlike the media such as in Animal House, people in fraternities and sororities have a higher GPA, develop stronger leadership skills, and socialize more.”
For more information on fraternities and sororities at the University of Lynchburg, please contact Director of Student Engagement and Leadership Development B.J. Keefer at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Fraternities & Sororities – University of Lynchburg.
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