Sororities and fraternities showcased their organization’s history and facts in the Quad on Wednesday.
Jessica Williams, a senior general studies major, said her college experience has changed since going Greek last spring.
“I’m much busier, but I like it better that way. Free time is boring,” Williams said.
Williams is a member of the Theta Zeta chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Williams also said her favorite events hosted by her sorority are those that involve doing community service.
“It feels great to give back to the community,” says Williams.
Grayson Dimarco, a sophomore pre-pharmacy major, is a member of the Eta Omicron chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha (Pikes). Grayson said the Pikes are involved in various community service programs.
“We host Puppies for Pike during finals week. It’s a great way to help get animals from local shelters get adopted,” Dimarco said.
The Pikes also volunteer for the National Hunting and Fishing Day and have won awards for having the best chapter. Dimarco encourages students to go Greek because it is a great way to get out there and network.
“I didn’t really know many people when I came to ULM, but by rushing, I got the opportunity to meet more people,” Dimarco said.
Organizations are encouraged to give back to their community as other members has done in the past. Giving back not only makes the organization appear to be humanitarians, but it gives change for the community.
Brittany Beasley, a senior English major and a member of the Kappa Theta Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, said her sorority also participates in community service events.
“We partnered with Girl Scouts for the mall lock in and also do Operation Book bag to give school supplies to students at the local elementary schools in Monroe,” Beasley said.
Many organizations infuse fun with community service. Social events and parties are oftentimes related with some sort of community service, or giving back.
Marc Anthony Calhoun, junior biology major and president of the Eta Chi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, said the fraternity hosts,and is involved in numerous events during the year such as the annual Breast Cancer Forum, the Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant and the Jump Off Party during Week of Welcome which doubles as a school supply drive for local schools in the area, and other events.
“The programs and events presented by this fraternity not only benefit college students, but also students in local grade schools. We do our best to give back to the community,” Calhoun said.
Community service and meeting new people are two big aspects of Greek Life along with many others. To learn more about Greek life at ULM, visit the website or office of Greek life in the Student Center Room 257.