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One of us, one of us!

A sorority or fraternity is a membership-based sisterhood or brotherhood connected to a college. You’ve often heard the terms “sorority” and “fraternity” associated with “Greek life,” but what is that exactly? For starters, all of these groups are referred to as Greek life. That’s because of the Greek letters used in all fraternity and sorority titles.

Many things come to mind when picturing Greek life. Most of us get a basic understanding of it from Hollywood, which show us the wild parties and crazy stunts  that brothers and sisters participate in.  Another trait associated with these organizations  is hazing — a dangerous or embarrassing ritual evoked upon new recruits to see if they have what it takes to be included in their “family.”

Although that’s glamorized in fiction, it appears on the news as a shocking reminder of peer pressure’s destructive power. Those incidents are often the outcome of “hazing.” However, that’s strictly forbidden in school policies these days.

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“Most of us get a basic understanding of it from Hollywood, which show us the wild parties and crazy stunts that brothers and sisters participate in.”

 

If you’re considering joining a fraternity or sorority, do your research! Here at Radford University, you can find many organizations with all sorts of goals. The group leaders do this through workshops and participating in community service, along with other upcoming events.

At RU, each potential Greek life member must go through a recruitment process that’s different for each organization. They must also maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 and have completed one full semester.

RU’s Greek life page states that “students can gain leadership experiences, lifelong friendships, academic success and support, opportunities for community service and philanthropy, along with personal growth and development.” There are over 20 different sororities and fraternities here at RU, so choose wisely.

Some members join for the toga parties and social experiences while others are more interested in the business connections or sense of belonging. Just like when you did research on Radford to see if you wanted to enroll here, learn about what each sorority and fraternity does and what its reputation is. That’s the reputation you will want to be showing employers in the future.

You can learn more about RU’s Greek life by following this link. You can also contact the Greek Life Office, located in the Bonnie.

Extra-Extra! Read all about why you should get involved!

Many Radford University students are rushing to finish earning a degree. When you add in work, family, friends, homework, group work and (sometimes) sleeping–there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Many students think that being a part of an extra-curricular activity just isn’t a pliable option. In my opinion, college students should find something on campus to get involved with, no matter how busy they are. Continue reading Extra-Extra! Read all about why you should get involved!

From our perspective: Student groups should choose their own leaders

Extracurricular clubs and activities are probably one of the most integral parts of the college experience. Students can begin to practice their craft, learn new skills, blow off steam or just find something fun to do — and because of the way many colleges and universities structure their systems, most groups are founded and administered by the students themselves. This offers even more opportunities for leadership, innovation and experience, and creates an atmosphere in which every person can feel a true sense of ownership and belonging in the campus community. Continue reading From our perspective: Student groups should choose their own leaders

Q&A on overcrowding

Photo by Jenny Krashin.

There is talk going around Radford University about on campus living. We sat down with Katherine Lavinder, the director of Residential Life at RU, to try and clear up those rumors. She shed light on the number of triples, university rented apartments and why they are necessary here.

Q: As of now, how many triples do we still have on campus after the Downey apartments were made available?

A: “About 50 spread out all over campus.”

Q: Many triples did we have originally?

A: “The number was in the 240’s at the beginning of August.”

Q: Why were there so many triples this year compared to previous years?

A: “It was a combination of factors between an incoming class that was the biggest in Radford’s history, the fact that Madison and Jefferson are closed and a higher number of students returning to live on campus than in the past.”

Q: How many living spaces did we acquire through the Hunter’s Ridge and Downey Street apartments?

A: “We rented two buildings from Hunter’s Ridge adding 103 beds and then we have the one Downey apartment building that added 50 beds.”

Q: Is miscommunication between departments the culprit of this issue?

A: ” No, we [res-life] worked really closely with admissions all summer.”

Q: What is the difference between living in a residence hall or the university apartments? What about in cost?

A: “The only significant difference is that the apartments are all upperclassmen, there aren’t any freshmen, but everything is the same cost wise.”

Q: Why did so many students decide to return to campus?

A: “I think it’s because we’re offering a quality program. From the years 2007-08 and 2008-09 our on campus retention is up ten percent. We’ve been working with staff to provide a good living environment.”

Q: Does this situation prompt Radford to begin building more on campus housing?

A: “We [res-life] plan and give ideas of what we would like to see, but we aren’t really in charge of construction, that is up to the office of facilities, planning and construction.”

Q: When are Jefferson and Madison supposed to be re-opened?

A: ” We [res-life] are definitely aiming for fall 2011, and everything looks like its going pretty well so far.”

Q: Do you think the number of students living on campus will go up or down after this year?

A: “We [res-life] want to see retention continue to go up because that means we are doing our job well.”

Q: Is the university planning to renew it’s lease with Hunter’s ridge?

A: “We’re [res-life] keeping our options open down in Hunter’s Ridge, just in case we might need those apartments again in coming years.”

Q: What about the apartments on Downey Street, are those staying open for students?

A: ” No, those apartments were only available to us for a living space this year, after this year they will be turned into academic apartments.”

Q: Do you think the rise in enrollment has anything to do with the recession?

A: ” Well, in a time of recession people seek education, so it could definitely be a factor.”

A good sign for RU.

The overcrowding shows that Radford University is growing and expanding. It’s up to the university to decide how they plan on handling the rising number of students.