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Greek Life Showcase a success

09/13/2010
By:

Jonathan Burton

Advertising Manager

Southern’s Greek community took over the Michael J. Adanti Student Center Ballroom for the second annual Greek Showcase on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

Many students found their way to the ballroom to witness SCSU’s fraternities and sororities show off their talents and promote their organizations.

Every recognized Greek organization on campus was represented at the showcase. They were given a chance to creatively present their organizations.

“This is the chance that all the 12 Greeks on campus get to show the personalities and culture behind each organization,” said Susan Zarnowski, president of Greek Life Council and sister of Kappa Delta Xi
Sorority.

This is the second year Greek Life Council has done the Greek showcase, according to Zarnowski. The showcase is an instrumental tool that has helped the Greek community grow on campus.

“The Greek showcase is a great opportunity for us to inform the campus body about our sorority,” said
Kaiesha Johnson, vice president of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority.

Immediately following the presentations, each fraternity and sorority held rush events with the exception of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Lambda Sigma Upsilon Fraternity and Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity.

Students, like junior Shaenna Taylor, said the night helped them decided Greek life was for them.

“I really enjoyed the show,” Taylor said. “I like the fact that they’re introducing their organizations to us and allowing us to decide.”

Taylor also said she has contemplated joining a sorority for a long time, but said she was turned off with a lot of the sororities she has tried joining, so she aborted the idea all together.

“I’m still now sure about joining one,” she said. “There is a sorority that I saw tonight and I really like the girls.”

According to Zarnowski, the showcase is an event that should be every year because of how effective it has been.

Assistant director of Student Life Sal Rizza agrees with Zarnowski.

“Tonight’s event was very successful,” said Rizza.

According to sophomore Ashley Ishman, a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon, there was seating for 400 people, but most of the Greeks were left standing because of the large turnout.

“It was great, and a big difference from my Greek Showcase,” said Ishman.

Not many students showed up to the first Greek Showcase, which was just a year ago, said Ishman.

One thing about the showcase that was just like last year’s is the unity amongst each of SCSU’s 12 Greek organizations.

“We really wanted to use this platform to promote Greek unity,” said Ishman.

Rizza said he couldn’t recall another event that opened the Greek Life year that was as successful as the Greek Showcase.

“The GLC (Greek Life Council) was successful at meeting all the goals they set tonight,” said Rizza.

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