This post was written by Hatchet reporter Ryan Lasker.
Sororities celebrated the end of recruitment Monday on the National Mall, cheering as their new members rushed towards their chapters on Bid Day. Current sisters decked themselves out in matching colorful outfits and chanted their chapters’ songs.
Here’s what you missed at Bid Day this year:
1. Relief at the end of recruitment
After a weekend of recruitment, each new sorority member picked up their bids Tuesday afternoon before meeting their new sorority in University Yard. The new members screamed as they met other students in their sorority and learned the organization’s chants and songs.
Mia Svirsky, a freshman who joined Alpha Phi, said though food should have been given out over recruitment weekend, she “could not be happier” with her bid.
“They worked really hard to impress us,” she said.
2. Loud cheering and equally loud outfits
Hundreds of Greek life members walked from University Yard to the lawn of the Lincoln Memorial, wearing coordinating shirts. Sisters wore sorority T-shirts, feather boas, Hawaiian leis, flower crowns and carried sparkly signs welcoming each new member.
Members of Chi Omega, while walking from University Yard to a lawn next to the Lincoln Memorial, chanted “Chi! Omega! Chi! Chi! Omega!,” as they crossed their arms over their heads, a signature move for the sorority.
Colleen Quinn, a freshman who joined Alpha Delta Pi, said joining Greek life at GW was an opportunity to make the school feel more comfortable.
“GW is new and scary, and Greek life was smaller and an easier way to meet people,” Quinn said.
3. Revealing the Pi Rho Chis
Pi Rho Chis, a group of sorority members who guide new members through the recruitment process, kept their sorority affiliation secret until Tuesday. On the National Mall, surrounded by hundreds of yelling and screaming members, the Pi Rho Chis peeled off their sweatshirts before running to formally introduce themselves to their new sisters.
Pi Rho Chi and senior Alex Hitchcock said part of her job on Bid Day was to teach the new member their sorority chants and hand signs – two key parts to blending in with a Greek organization.
“There will be a lot of us to help them,” she said.
4. Joining the family
In addition to making new members feel welcome, Bid Day is also an exciting time for current sorority members. Greek members make up about 30 percent of the undergraduate community, a number that has swelled over the last decade.
“It’s like a manifestation, in like 10 minutes, of how excited you are that all of them are your future sisters,” said Lucy Macintosh, a junior in Sigma Kappa.