With bid cell’s being mainly last week, many students at JMU are getting settled into their new Greek families. Over 3,500 JMU students take part in Greek Life of all types, whether it be social, academic or some other category. It’s clear that fraternity and sorority life is a notable community at JMU, and the writers here at The Daily Duke are no exception. I took the time to talk to some of our writers to get a feel of their experiences in their respective fraternities/sororities.
Brenda is a brother in Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed community service fraternity. Their philanthropy is a local organization called New Creations, whose goal is to bring awareness to and stop human trafficking.
Here’s what she has to say about her fraternity: “Alpha Phi Omega’s three cardinal principles are friendship, leadership, and service and grow in this principles as a group. It’s a great way to get out of the JMU bubble and help with the homeless population, animals, the elderly, etc. My freshman year, I went to the informational meeting and immediately felt included. I love watching my friendships go from just being brothers to being close friends! It is awesome to be a part of something big that has a lasting effect even after JMU.”
Michele is a sister in Delta Delta Delta (or Tri Delta for short), a social sorority. Their philanthropy is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The sorority’s goal is to raise $60 million in 10 years across all their chapters, and last year alone they have raised $7 million.
“I joined Tri Delta because I wanted that close-knit family at this big school. The cool thing about my sorority is that we have such a diverse group of girls- we have Dukettes, FROGs, OPAs, Student Ambassadors, and two girls on the lacrosse team. Last February I had the opportunity to travel to Dallas with a few of my sisters for a leadership conference. It was a really great experience because I got to meet other Tri Deltas from other areas.”
Mary is a brother in Kappa Pi, an art honors fraternity. Their philanthropy is Very Special Arts, an organization that provides creative opportunities for people with disabilities.
“Kappa Pi is awesome because it is fun and not super strict. It’s a great art community that many look for as an art student. I knew a lot of people in it before I joined, but it was exciting to meet new people. At my bid cell, I met a random girl named Amanda and we clicked instantly. Everyone is excited to meet you and are just so happy that you are there! It is a great opportunity for art students to meet people with similar interests.”