The Emerald Newsletter | Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Spring 2017 - Page 45

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What it Takes to be Part

of Sorority Life

Rene Delgadillo, Staff Reporter, The Prospector Daily

January 24, 2017

Sororities and fraternities may often be associated with hazing and parties in which members of these organizations do nothing but consume alcohol. UTEP’s Greek life tries to think differently.

Karina Arroyo, a recent UTEP graduate, said being part of Kappa Delta Chi was a great experience, which allowed her to be actively involved while she was a UTEP student.

“I was involved in school and I got to do community service, which looks awesome on resumes. KD Chi helped (me) grow as a person because it helped me develop people skills,” Arroyo said. “Joining KD Chi was the best decision I’ve made because I enjoyed college from a different perspective and I met awesome girls, whom I get to call sisters.”

Arroyo said her sorority differed from others at UTEP because she felt that everyone was welcomed.

“KD Chi never focuses on appearances. We come in all shapes, sizes and colors. What we have in common is that we all are Latina,” Arroyo said.

Arroyo said a member of her sorority was not accepted by another sorority because of her size.

“Their loss was our win. She’s now a KD Chi sister,” Arroyo said.

Alyssa Martinez, vice-president of Alpha Xi Delta, said Greek life organization committed students who want to work together as a group.

“I have experienced recruitment from both sides, as a potential new member and as a recruiter,” Martinez said. “Living in a border city, we are surrounded by diversity and we welcome it. Physical appearance is nowhere on our minds when recruiting because the way someone

looks has absolutely nothing to do with helping an organization be successful.”

Martinez explained the recruitment as a weeklong process consisting of three rounds, or “parties” each night, which provides possible members with a chance to visit each sorority. Each night has a different theme: an open house, a sisterhood night, philanthropy night, preference night and then a bid day. These are some of the events they take part in before the current members make a formal decision of who will become a new member.

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(From left to right) Junior psychology major Clarisse Sanchez, junior kinesiology major Victoria Rodriguez, and sophomore electrical engineering major Astrid Chacon dance in Centennial Plaza as part of Welcome Back week.