The University of Colorado's Greek life is back in full swing as potential new members will take to the Hill Saturday for open-house tours and meet-and-greets at local fraternities and sororities, following tonight's orientation in the Glenn Miller Ballroom on campus.
Only a week has passed since Boulder's historic rainfall began flooding Boulder County, but now, the Greek community is multi-task mode as chapters are not only preparing to recruit new members, but also pitching in with efforts to help clean up the community — both inside and outside of the chapters.
"Fraternities are spread out in mixed communities amongst multiple family apartments, so it's more of a neighbor-to-neighbor effort," said Marc Stine, Greek advocate at CU-Boulder. "The Interfraternity Chapter is here to help."
Since fraternity members are required to volunteer hours to the community, the Interfraternity Council decided on Wednesday to reward the men who lend a hand to flood victims and emergency situations by doubling each hour served.
"It is to encourage fraternities to get more man-power on the streets," said Stine.
On Wednesday, members of the Gamma-Tau chapter of Kappa Sigma walked along various streets on University Hill in search of neighbors who needed assistance. The members said they went door-to-door offering assistance and shoveled mud from underneath cars.
In addition to manual labor, Stine said fraternity chapters are offering financial support to victims of the flood. Each member is donating $2, which will then be matched by $1 from the IFC. Stine said all proceeds, totalling about $3,500, will be donated to the Ron Stump Emergency Fund through the university.
Although the IFC is leading the Greek community to volunteer efforts, Stine said that each fraternity and sorority is making its own attempts at assisting those in need.
And while flood relief has taken the front seat for the Greek community, Stine said the IFC is still focusing on rush week.
Rush is slated to run throughout next week and students will be offered bus service from house to house to make the week more accessible to students.
Rush week concludes Sept. 29 when new members will attend a bid acceptance ceremony at the Dalton Trumbo Fountain area. For more information, visit colorado.edu/greeks.