Slight increase in bids given in sorority recruitment

CORRECTION TO THIS ARTICLE: A previous version of this article misquoted Stephanie Holden '14 and gave the incorrect class year. She said, "We are pleased to see improved retention for recruitment," not improved attention.

Slight increase in bids given in sorority recruitment

The MIT Panhellenic Association held sorority recruitment for five of MIT’s six sororities beginning Aug. 31 with an afternoon kickoff on Kresge Oval and ending with bid night on Sept. 4. The “4-day process [is] designed to introduce [women] to MIT sorority life,” according to the association’s online FAQ page.

MIT’s sororities issued more bids this year than they have in each of the past two years, with a total of 189 bids, up from 173 bids in both 2011 and 2012. Sigma Kappa issued the most bids this year, with a total of 39. No sorority participating in formal recruitment issued fewer than 37 bids, with Alpha Phi and Pi Beta Phi each issuing 38 bids and Alpha Chi Omega and Kappa Alpha Theta each issuing 37. MIT’s smallest sorority, Alpha Epsilon Phi did not participate in formal recruitment due to their small size and their desire to host low-key events and issue fewer bids than other sororities, according to Natanya R. Kerper ’14, the sorority’s Vice President of Membership and Recruitment.

The Panhellenic Association’s vice president of recruitment Stephanie Holden ’14 (also a Tech associate news editor) is happy with the improved numbers and commented that she is “pleased to see improved retention for recruitment.”

—William Navarre