Sorority Row, located among the Tree House dorms and behind Bridgeforth stadium, has been on campus since the 1980s. Over the years, twelve sororities have colonized at JMU and added to the houses on the row. The current sorority houses hold roughly twenty-six women, primarily ones in their sophomore year and some that hold executive positions in their chapter. The row is also where sororities hold their formal recruitment in the fall and Harrisonburg community service events like “Trick or Treat on the Row” or “Easter Egg Hunt on the Row.”
Clearly, sororities have ruled the Row for many years now, but the dynamics are changing a bit this year as JMU’s Kappa Alpha Fraternity has planted its roots on Sorority Row.
Adam Lindberg, Associate Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, says that fraternities have been welcome on the Row for a while, but it took some time for one to gain interest and get the ball rolling. Lindberg foresees other fraternities doing the same once they see how this first year goes.
FSL is currently accepting applications from the recognized fraternities for housing during the 2016-2017 school year. It is anticipated that the remaining houses (Tree House dorms) will be filled, and that it will be a pretty competitive process.
Although sororities have occupied the row for nearly thirty years, it looks like they will soon need to change the name from “Sorority Row” to “Greek Row.”