(Amber Ainsworth/MJ)

By AMBER AINSWORTH, Editor-in-Chief

With recruitment coming in the next few weeks, Greek Life hosted an information night on Sept. 13 to answer questions and encourage students to join.

During the event, students could speak with members of the fraternities and sororities on campus. Currently there are 10 chapters, one colony working toward chapter status and two councils at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
The biggest theme of the night was showing students the benefits of getting involved with Greek Life and how it can be impactful both during college and in their future endeavors.

Representatives from each of the chapters shared their experiences with Greek Life and how their lives have been impacted.

Kristin McDonough, Assistant Director for the Office of Student Engagement, noted that Greek Life includes so much that “it’s like joining five organizations,” when joining a fraternity or sorority. McDonough was a member of a sorority when she was a student at UM-Dearborn.

It was noted how Greek Life provides social, academic, networking and volunteer opportunities for students, with an emphasis on networking and community service.

“Everything you do is to benefit somebody else,” said Chris Holly, president of Phi Beta Sigma.

Many of the chapter representatives spoke about how because of their involvement with Greek Life, they are always making new friends and feel comfortable and welcomed at school, stressing the social and professional skills that can be obtained by connecting with different people. One member noted how she made connections from Greek Life that led her to find a job.

Victor Jimenez, President of Alpha Psi Lambda, pushed students to get involved to enhance their college experience, saying, “I waited until I was a junior to join and it was the greatest mistake of my life.”

Students with questions about Greek Life can contact Kristin McDonough at kjmcdono@umich.edu.
Also, the calendar of Greek Life events, including recruitment, can be found at http://umdearborn.edu/students/student-engagement/greek-life