Rush week encourages students to join brotherhood

By Chris Bashaw

With all kinds of fraternities and sororities ranging from
social to cultural to professional, many in Cal Poly Pomona’s Greek
community would argue there is something for everyone”you just have
to be willing to find it.

That was the purpose of last week’s rush: to seek potential
members. Many students who decided to rush this year said it was
because they wanted to get more involved on campus.

“I’m really big on volunteering, and I think [going Greek] will
help me get into that,” said Alyssa Ahumada, a second-year
communication student.

Ahumada said money was her only obstacle to joining a sorority
before, but she has since landed a job.

Addressing the stigma and stereotypes attached to Greek life a
la “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder”, “Animal House” and “American
Pie”, first-year graphic design student Ufkun Erdin said he found
no interest in the insanity portrayed on the silver screen: He
just wants something to do.

“I want a fraternity that’s not heavy on drinking or anything
like that,” said Erdin. “I’m out for the occasional party but not
the ones where everyone’s smashed out of their minds.”

Erdin said he didn’t at first understand the concept of
“brotherhood,” a foundational concept in fraternal organizations,
until he marched in a drum corps and saw how working towards a
common goal can build such camaraderie.

Other students rushing are already highly involved on campus but
want to supplement their college experience.

Second-year tech theater student Tommy Maher, who is involved
with theater production, the Anime Club, the Pride Center, Inter
Hall Council and Associated Students Inc., said he had concerns
about the idea of a fraternity but decided to rush this quarter
regardless.

“I want to have the most out of my college experience, and you
can’t do that without doing a bit of everything,” said Maher.

“I’m not opposed to rushing,” said second-year Political Science
student Chris Gamblin, “I want to meet new people, make connections
and friends. I’m just stopping by and seeing what they’re about,
comparing them, and seeing what’s best for me.”

Ultimately, that’s what many fraternities and sororities at Cal
Poly Pomona want students to do”find what’s best for them if Greek
life is something they’re interested in.

Aaron Jones, a fifth-year electrical engineering student and
president of Sigma Nu, said members of his fraternity ask people
disinterested in Greek life why they feel that way.

“We don’t take ‘no’ as a final answer,” said Jones, “We give
them the tools necessary to make the right decision, tell rushees
to see other fraternities and find out what’s right for them.”

During rush, Cal Poly Pomona’s Greeks know it’s more about
non-Greeks and the Greek community at large than it is about
individual chapters.

“We encourage everyone to check out other fraternities,” said
Josh Avendano, a fourth-year computer information systems student
and vice president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. “Definitely look into
the chapter and check out the national fraternity, but when people
join, it should be for the people in that chapter.”

But in the end, every Greek will encourage a non-Greek to rush
and give the lifestyle a shot.

Joe Camp, a fourth-year hospitality and restaurant management
student and internal vice president of Pi Kappa Alpha, said Greek
life can be a positive supplement to one’s college experience.

“[Going Greek] opens up your social life and gives you the
chance to do things you wouldn’t normally do,” said Camp.

Rush week encourages students to join brotherhood

Aaron Bagamaspad/The Poly Post

Rush week encourages students to join brotherhood

Rush week encourages students to join brotherhood

Aaron Bagamaspad/The Poly Post

Rush week encourages students to join brotherhood

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