Phi Delta Theta, Delta Sigma Phi, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Pi, Alpha Tau Omega, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Only two will be chosen of these six and welcomed onto LMU’s campus in the coming years.
Beginning on Tuesday, April 17, six different fraternities started the process of making presentations to the LMU Greek Council and expansion committee as well as any students interested in attending. The presentations include a question-and-answer portion where the audience is welcome to ask questions to gain a better understanding of what they may bring to the community.
Greek Life supervisor Dan Faill said that each organization can make their presentation their own. “We’ve asked them to cover why LMU, what they would bring to campus, what sort of national incentives or programs they might bring, as well as answer any general questions the audience might have,” Faill said.
For almost five years the process of bringing new fraternities to campus has been in the works. Faill said close to 30 fraternities across the nation expressed interest in joining the LMU brotherhood. Following the compilation of the interested candidates, Faill and his team investigated the organizations with national chapters as opposed to just local ones.
Junior business major and Greek Life Executive Board President Joe Dzida said, “A primary motivator for expanding Greek Life is reaching out to members of the community who maybe haven’t found exactly what they’re looking for in the fraternities already present.”
Faill said part of what they are looking for is “support from headquarters, alumni in the area that could offer support” and other such connections that tie the organization to the community and national level.
A general letter was sent by LMU to every fraternity that expressed interest as part of the policy and procedures of expansion. In response to those letters, 12 information packets were sent back to LMU. From there, the initial expansion committee met, followed by the review committee. Finally, the six that are currently up for selection were chosen.
Greek Life hopes to “bring groups that want to work with LMU as a collaboration rather than just a co-sponsorship,” Faill said of the process of selecting the final six.
Faill elaborated on the fact that while “registration numbers [of boys for recruitment] have increased, the number of bids have not. Fraternities aren’t offering an increased number of bids. They’re still offering the same rate which is completely fine, but there’s more interest.”
In the 2011-2012 school year, spring recruitment for fraternities elicited 200 registrations. However, only 91 of the 200 received bids giving the fraternity bid rate about 45 percent, according to Faill.
As a result, LMU begins its search for the next two welcomed fraternities. Following the presentations by the six groups, the Greek Council and expansion committee will make their recommendations to Faill, who will then talk to Senior Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Lane Bove in the hopes that she will be able to come to her final decision during the summer time.
The process of integrating the newly selected fraternities onto campus will not be an immediate one, according to Faill.
“The hope is the next two years but we say coming years knowing the time frame that’s going to set the organization up for success as well as work with LMU’s hopes,” Faill said.
Students outside of the Greek Council and expansion committee have the opportunity to elaborate on their own personal desires for new fraternities on campus. While the Greek student voice is already heard by way of the Greek Council, “presentations are a great way for other students to voice their opinion,” Faill said.
All students are welcome to attend any or all of the six presentations and have the opportunity to provide informal feedback to Faill via email or phone, which he said he will then take to the expansion committee which he moderates for on their meeting day of Wednesday, May 2.
Of the two selected organizations, Faill said, “I’m always looking for a group that could bring a new level of innovation to the process, and by process I mean the fraternity experience.”
Concerning this addition, Faill said the current fraternities are in favor of it. “We have students who served on the initial decision to bring these six and we have even more male students serving on the committee that makes the recommendation,” he said.
Soon, these recommendations will be taken into consideration as Bove makes the final decision. These “six [fraternities] couldn’t be more different and that’s what’s really great,” Faill said.