Greeks celebrate end of year, fraternity chartered
The Greek community at MSUM hosted their annual Greek Week to celebrate the end of another year.
“Greek Week is about forming bonds with your fellow Greeks since we come from different houses,” said Jaclyn Ellwein, integrated public relations and advertising junior and Gamma Phi Beta member. “We are a little different but it’s a good time to unite and get out the positive parts about Greek life.”
The week kicked off with an all-Greek social on Monday, followed by a bonfire on Tuesday night. Wednesday afternoon, the Greeks hosted their annual Greek barbecue and sand volleyball tournament. All the proceeds from the barbecue went to the Ronald McDonald house. On Thursday, a leadership presentation was held to help outgoing officers transfer their position to the incoming officers. The week capped off with an awards banquet on Friday night.
“It is just a time for us all to get together and … come together as a Greek community and celebrate the end of the year,” said Sally Lunde, special education junior and Gamma Phi Beta member.
This was also a big week for Kappa Sigma, as it became an official chartered fraternity at MSUM on May 4.
“(Once chartered) that will mean more contributions from us to the community, and we will be a part of MSUM, and we will have a stronger bond with MSUM, and we will hopefully make a good impression,” said Thaer Alomran, marketing and management junior and Kappa Sigma member. “I am super excited I can’t wait, May 4 will be an incredible day in my life.”
Before Kappa Sigma was chartered as a fraternity, it was known as the Kappa Sigma Colony. Fraternity charter requirements vary, but at MSUM the Kappa Sigma brothers each have to perform 20 hours of service, 10 per semester, have a minimum pledge class of 40 and a minimum grade point average requirement are also in place according to Alomran. “The colony was in existence since Fall 2010 thanks to our Grand Master (president) Cody Meyer,” Alomran said. “He started it as a dream of his own, and it became something we all shared and dreamt about, and then we saw that dream become a reality on May 4, 2013. We finally did it.”
There are three houses at MSUM, two sororities, Gamma Phi Beta and Delta Zeta and one fraternity, Kappa Sigma. Greek Recruitment happens at the start of each semester. For more information on Greek life at MSUM, visit their Facebook page at MSUM Greek Life.
BY MEREDITH WATHNE
PHOTO BY MELISSA STEPHAN