any alumni vividly remember the wonderful experiences they
had within their fraternity or sorority at Lycoming College.
If you have been keeping up with your chapter, you
will notice that activities and traditions that were once the
cultural norm may not be used anymore. That is not to negate
anyone’s memories, but it is a reminder that, through the years, the culture of
Greek life has focused on a values-based experience.
In some cases, even the terminology has evolved nationally. New members
were once called pledges and recruitment was called rush. Rho Chi’s became
recruitment counselors, and the Fraternal Information and Programming Group
guidelines are the standards by which social events get approved. As alumni
of a Greek letter organization, it is easy to look back at the great memories
created and shared with brothers and sisters at Lycoming. Those years started
your membership with the organization to which you decided to pledge yourself
and should be the start of a lifetime of memories, keeping in touch with friends
from the chapter and welcoming new members to the organization each year.
Letters are often stitched or screen-printed on a T-shirt, written on notebook
doodles, bathroom stalls and posted on Facebook, but letters are not a tangible
thing; they are also not something that is earned during a 6-8 week period.
Greek letters mean something different and unique to each individual chapter
at the College; they tie you to thousands of other members across the country
and abroad, and to a 30-plus year history of Lycoming alumnae
for our three local sorority chapters. Our chapters thrive
on the pillars of Greek life: scholarship, community
service, philanthropy and unity. The topic of unity
amongst the chapters served as the basis
for positive changes to the slate of Greek
Week events in spring 2011. They also serve as
a daily reminder of the values members hold most
highly: trust, love, honor, service and leadership.
In some cases, things have not changed. For example,
East Hall is still a thriving Greek life community
having served in that capacity since its opening in
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