Fraternities continued to grow this spring, doling out a record 142 bids last weekend on the heels of a strong fall recruitment.
The 1,300 Inter-Fraternity Council members now account for about 28 percent of male students on campus – a boom of 20 percent over the last two years.
Interfraternity Council president Casey Wood credited the growth to the Greek communities’ increased commitment to philanthropy to appeal to more students across campus.
“I think it’s a great sign that the community is growing,” Wood said. “It’s very hard to look, even across the country, and see such a large Greek population.”
Kappa Sigma recruited the most men, with 24 new members, which brings its total membership to 112 members. The chapter – which recently signed a lease for a university townhouse this fall – has nearly tripled in size since spring 2011.
The largest fraternity on campus, Sigma Chi, held its title after inviting 14 men to join their fraternity and reaching 143 members. Pi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Alpha each welcomed 10 pledges and maintained their positions as the second and third largest chapters, respectively.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon offered bids to five men last weekend, out of about 15 men who attended rush events. The chapter rechartered on campus in spring 2011 and has struggled to draw in members. The chapter had just seven members at the start of spring recruitment.
“The guys that started this group have a real focus on garnering qualified candidates that are very sociable,” Rhett Gopaul, the chapter’s president since the fall, said. This semester, Gopaul said the fraternity will become more involved within the Greek community and plans to increase the chapter’s philanthropic efforts.
“We didn’t know how to run the process correctly,” Gopaul, a sophomore, said about recruitment. “We learned a lot from it and now everyone is very motivated.”
The Interfraternity Council’s fall recruitment occurred about three weeks after two sexual abuses were reported in Townhouse Row. Wood said the allegations, which prompted GW’s police chief to speak with chapter heads about security, shook the Greek community.
“The community as a whole has matured,” Wood said about how chapters have moved forward from the incidents.