UCF Interfraternity Council rush week to begin Tuesday
With about 500 students already signed up for the Interfraternity Council recruitment week, Ian Cano, IFC vice president of recruitment, expects that number to double by the time recruitment week rolls around.
The IFC kickoff event will take place Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. in the Student Union's Pegasus Ballroom, and will give potential new members the opportunity to learn about the 18 different fraternities.
Recruitment week will involve an average of two to three events each day or night, hosted by different fraternities. All recruitment events are open for anyone who is interested, unless the fraternity specifies that it is invite only. Events will range from sport days and pool hangouts to house tours and barbecues.
"The purpose of [recruitment week] is to narrow it down to maybe your top-five groups of guys," said Cano, a senior business administration major. "Your list is supposed to get smaller and smaller as you go."
Nick Bettelli, recruitment chair for Tau Kappa Epsilon, said a big component of fall recruitment is to get the incoming freshmen involved.
"You need to meet all the fraternities because that's how you get the best experience and see where you fit in," Bettelli said.
IFC is now looking to bring fraternities together for more events throughout the semester to create a positive Greek culture, Cano said.
Some members of IFC and different fraternity brothers recently went on a leadership retreat in North Carolina to build bonds with other Greeks and participate in Habitat for Humanity efforts. Cano said he hopes to take what he learned at the retreat and apply it to his duties with IFC by creating more events for UCF Greek life to enjoy together.
In the spirit of working collaboratively, four fraternities hosted a pre-recruitment week event on Wednesday night called Rush the Neighborhood. Kappa Sigma, Alpha Tau Omega, Theta Chi and Sigma Chi joined forces to give potential new members the opportunity to visit multiple fraternity houses in one night, while mingling with and getting to know the brothers.
"It helps all four of us because we get a better turnout from all the kids who are looking to rush, and they can go from one house to the other on campus and make comparisons right away," said Austin Phillips, Kappa Sigma's vice president of recruitment and brotherhood development.
Phillips, a junior film major, said Kappa Sigma is looking for leaders who aren't going to be the typical "frat" guy, but rather guys who want to be influential in the UCF area and with the fraternity's philanthropic efforts of supporting military heroes.
Each fraternity has a national philanthropy, or the chapters choose a personal philanthropy to benefit throughout the year with funds raised at different events, such as sports tournaments and concerts.
"We want to recruit guys who will make a difference in the community, for a positive way," Cano said. "There are a lot of opportunities out there, and a lot of them fall within the doors of Greek life," Cano said.
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