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Tai-Sigma members from left to right: Riley Hester, Chloe Craddock and Maddy Massey

Spring recruitment for Marshall’s Greek Life emphasizes including as many people as possible, said two leaders in sorority Sigma Sigma Sigma and fraternity Alpha Sigma Phi respectively.

These two organizations of Marshall’s Greek Life have several upcoming recruitment events in January and February. While recruiting new members is a significant goal of these events, it is not the sole purpose, said one Tri-Sigma member.

Interacting with Greek Life in any capacity is “working towards something bigger than yourself,” said Chloe Craddock, Tri-Sigma’s president and director of chapter growth, on Wednesday, Jan. 17. 

Spring recruitment offers a laid-back, comfortable atmosphere for potential new members to enter, Craddock said. This placid environment allows prospective members to “see the true personalities of all the women,” she said. 

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Maddy Massey, Tri-Sigma’s chapter growth event manager, said it is vital to bear in mind the chapter’s core values when planning recruitment events, it is vital to bear in mind the chapter’s core values of faith, love, wisdom and power. 

One way Massey wishes to instill these core values is through Tri-Sigma’s Queso and Questions event on Feb. 5 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Tri-Sigma house. 

“This event allows us to get to know the new girls and for them to get to know us,” Massey said. 

Massey also said she wanted Queso and Questions to be the first Tri-Sigma recruitment event, as it allows potential new members to grasp the dynamic of the sorority right away. 

“The first day, you know a sorority’s values and can see if they are the same as yours,” she said. 

Sisterly bonding and promoting Tri-Sigma’s guiding principles remain top priorities when planning recruitment events, Massey said. 

Similarly, Logan Griffith, Alpha Sigma Phi’s vice president of recruitment, said that his goals for spring recruitment go beyond gaining new members. 

“It is important to come and have fun,” Griffith said. 

He went on to say those who attend Alpha Sigma Phi recruitment events are encouraged to improve both themselves and their academics. This aligns with Alpha Sigma Phi’s motto “To Better The Man,” Griffith  said. 

Like Tri-Sigma, Alpha Sigma Phi’s goal for their upcoming recruitment events is to establish an easygoing and welcoming atmosphere, Griffith said. 

Even if potential new members opt out of Greek Life, the Alpha Sigma Phi’s vice president of recruitment said that he wants to focus on forming friendships no matter the circumstances. 

Alpha Sigma Phi’s upcoming recruitment events include a bowling night, which allows current and potential members to bond over a little friendly competition. 

Meanwhile, Sigma Sigma Sigma’s recruitment is working towards not just connectivity but also Tri-Sigma’s philanthropy, Craddock said. 

“Tri-Sigma supports all women and children no matter what,” Craddock said. 

Tri-Sigma has worked towards supporting hospitalized children through philanthropic work with the Tri-Sigma Foundation and March of Dimes. 

Sigma Sigma Sigma’s upcoming  Cookies and Cards for the Children allows potential new members to bond with current members over Tri-Sigma’s philanthropy and a sweet treat. 

The Cookies and Cards for the Children event occurring on Feb. 6 from 7 to 8 p.m. will entail attendees crafting cards for children at Hoops Family Children’s Hospital. 

Craddock said these events “spark something in people,” even if they don’t end up joining a Greek organization.

“Working with like-minded women that are all working for the same goal allows everyone involved to push for something bigger,” Craddock said. 

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Kaitlyn Fleming is a second-year junior at Marshall University double-majoring in multimedia journalism and public relations with a marketing minor. Kaitlyn is from Proctorville, Ohio, and works as a marketing intern for the Marshall Artists Series. She is chapter vice president of PRSSA and hopes to have a career in social media marketing for an entertainment company. Kaitlyn is an avid reader and has always loved writing. Kaitlyn enjoys spending her free time traveling, drinking coffee, with her friends and family, and listening to Taylor Swift and Harry Styles.
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