‘Meet the Greeks’ Event Things to Know Highlights Greek Life’s Principles and Culture

ESU has 15 recognized sororities and fraternities

By Charlese Freeman
Student Life Editor

Abeloff auditorium was packed tight with excited students waiting and watching for fraternities and sororities to show off their moves.

The first thing you hear when you step foot into the Abeloff at 7 p.m. on Oct 18 was the loud of war music that of a party.

As each fraternity and sorority took the stage there introductions were full of chants, steps and dance moves.

This was not just a night of watching for fraternities perform steps and dances, but this was the night to get to understand the culture and unity of the Greek life organizations on campus.

Discuss important details such as when their organization was founded on the principles that their organization was founded upon.

There were performances by Lambda Sigma Upsilon Katina Fraternity Incorporated, Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority Incorporated, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated.

Gertrude Kibagendi, a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and ESU alumni, genuinely expresses, “My reason for joining this coming from a house hold where my parents are immigrant I wanted to start a tradition in America because its hard growing up in a house hold where it’s a traditional African background and you go to school and there is a whole American culture, so your basically balancing two cultures.”

She continues by saying “What I really enjoy about them is our principles are scholarship, service, sisterhood and womanhood. I was always taught in my household that school comes first academics comes first.”

“From the outside it looks like all we do is party and dance, but we really do service the community and help those around us. We are a bond, we always pray we pray before everything,” said Kibagendi.

“We come together we all have the same common goal, but it is like this for any sorority or frat but we go about it in different ways. I joined I wanted to be a part of something bigger that’s and to start something so when I have a kid and they have kids they can do something. I identified with Zeta Phi Beta the most beacuse of their principle in womenhood, If you don’t respect yourself who will respect you?” expressed Kibagendi.

The meet the Greeks event was for the some of the student community to see the fun engaging side of some of the sororities and fraternities.

“I think the event was very in formative to those who may be interested in joining a Greek organization. This event was very entertaining, they should continue to give people the history of the organizations and how they came to ESU. I think they should have more events like this.” said Briana Graves, a sophomore criminal justice major.

To find out more information about some of the sororities and fraternities on campus, visit Warrior Link at esu.campuslabs.com/engage/.

Email Charlese at:
cfreeman2@live.esu.edu

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