Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, various sororities and fraternities on campus had to hold their rush weeks, a process in which they induct new members, differently to abide by the requirements set to help stop the spread of the virus.
Zeta Tau Alpha had their recruitment process virtually for the first two days of rush week. On day three, Preference Night, the final day in which girls get to know the sorority, was held in person. Fewer people were included in each round. Everyone was socially distanced and wearing masks, and everything was wiped down.
“This year’s recruitment process helped our girls grow closer and learn to be more mindful of others,” Carley Cook, ZTA’S Historian, a senior special education major from Fort Worth, said. “We understand the differences this year has brought upon us, but we are embracing it. Staying safe, healthy and happy.”
Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Inc. is doing an online approach to things, with a few events being held in person. On Aug. 31, the fraternity held a bonfire, in which everyone socially distanced and wore masks, as well as a dodgeball game on Sept. 1.
“It’s been a little difficult,” Chris Morris, Sigma Lambda Beta’s Rush Chair, a senior rehab services major from Dallas, said. “We’ve been looking at what other organizations have been doing to keep their students safe and moving that here so that helps, as well as having Zoom.”
Kappa Sigma is having the whole requirement process be viral, with every event being held on Zoom.
“My chapter was worried about the virtual rush,” Hunter Collins, Kappa Sigma president and a senior criminal justice major from Longview, said. “Many of the guys didn’t think it would work, but I believe their perception is changing. They are seeing that people are still interested in rushing, so the fire is starting to come back.”