In the spring semester each fraternity has two rush events, as typically more individuals choose to rush a fraternity in the fall semester rather than in the spring. The first rush event of the semester is typically hosted by all three fraternities as a whole. This not only allows for rushes to connect with the individual fraternities, but allows the three fraternities time to mingle with each other. This semester the first event was a progressive-dinner style potluck. The group of individuals wishing to rush a fraternity visited 3 rooms (appetizers, entrees, and desserts) where they were able to mingle with members of each fraternity. Kappa Epsilon was stationed in the appetizer room, Kappa Psi in the entrees room, and Phi Delta Chi in the desserts room. The rushes progressed from appetizers, to entrees, to desserts. Once they finished in each room, members from other fraternities came to dip their plate and mingle with the “host fraternity” of the room. This setup worked pretty well, as it allowed the rush members adequate time to meet with each fraternity all at one event. It also allowed the individual fraternities to mingle together, without one location being too crowded. Rush events are always fun because there is a large member turn out, so everyone is there with their bright smiling face (as exams haven’t really started yet). Being able to have some social time with one another is always nice.
For the second rush event of the semester each fraternity typically hosts their own event on separate days. Kappa Epsilon’s second rush even was a new one for us. Our Recruitment Chair, Christina Powell came up with the fun idea of having a Candy Land tournament! We had pizza, desserts, and drinks while playing Candy Land. Winners from each board advanced to the next round, and played against the winners of other boards. We had some super sweet treats for those placing in first, second and third so the competition got a little heated at times.
Spring Rush is always a great time! With a smaller rush class the second semester, the brothers are really able to interact with each rushee and learn more about them.
Our first rush event was a joint venture with the other two fraternities of the IFC. Each fraternity was designated a room that had a different course: Kappa Epsilon had the appetizer room, Kappa Psi had the entrée room, and Phi Delta Chi had the dessert room. The group of rushees rotated as a group from one course to the next so that they had equal time to mingle with the brothers of each organization. What we all enjoyed so much, was that each fraternity contributed to the dishes in each of the three rooms. It was a collaborative effort between the three organizations that helped relay to the rushees that while we are three separate organizations, we are very much united in our passions of pharmacy and service to others.
Service is near and dear to Kappa Psi, so for our second rush event, we incorporated a Roadside Cleanup. This event offered rushees a chance to earn a service hour with our brothers while cleaning Kappa Psi’s adopted sections of Leslie Campbell Ave. After we finished cleaning, the brothers welcomed the rushees back to our house for a bonfire, hot chocolate, and yummy refreshments! Overall, the rush events were a great success, as they allowed us to get to know the rushees and share our love for service and Kappa Psi!
Phi Delta Chi
During the Phi Delta Chi rush events we always try and have social events for a chance to have pledges meet the Brothers and learn more about our fraternity, while still involving service and our philanthropy. Rush is always a fun time for people interested in joining a fraternity and learning more about how to get involved. After the big rush event with Kappa Psi and Kappa Epsilon which has been discussed above, Phi Delta Chi held our second rush event which is a service rush event. At our rush event this semester, we decided to play Family Feud and make Valentine’s Day cards for the children at St. Jude. Our local chapter works closely with St. Jude and our St. Jude representatives from the hospital told us that the children love receiving cards from us and that it always puts a smile on their face. This year we wanted to share that with people interested in joining our Brotherhood since a large portion of our time and efforts go to benefit St. Jude. We had a great time getting to know rushees better and helping to serve others!
-Taylor Scott (P2), Devan Mitchell (P2), and Amanda Hiester (P2)