The HYPE Team
Fall For Greek Life
Greek Life (FSL) is a major aspect of our Bentley Community with over 18% of students involved in it in campus. The Greek Activities Council is an org that represents all 11 sororities and fraternities, plans Greek Week, facilitates events throughout the years and aids in recruitment. This year, they introduced a new initiative called “Fall for Greek Life” , a fun and engaging way for students on campus, of all class years, to meet the sisters and brothers the first weekend back at school.
The Council hosted an Ice Cream Social on Friday, where students passing by the student center had the chance to talk to sisters and brothers while enjoying an ice cream sundae. The perfect weather and great DJ,definitely made it a relaxing and informative afternoon at Bentley University. On Saturday, there was a Day of Service event that portrayed the philanthropic aspect of Greek Life. What better way to kick the day off the day than with free breakfast and new friends on the green space? With over 150 participants and two and half full buses, we headed to Waltham Housing Authority, a low income portion of the town to help clean and paint the area. Once we got there, the students dispersed along the area, breaking into different groups for different activities that included; painting, raking, weeding, picking up trash, cutting branches and more. By the end of the two hours we had repainted the entire curbside, the garden area, weeded four homes and cleaned up the playground. Bonnie Flynn, a rising sophomore interested in COB says that the Day of Service was well worth it because “It gave me the opportunity to get to know more girls in all three sororities in a way that was informal and comfortable. I loved being able to participate in a philanthropic event but also socialize with future sisters. It really was the best of both worlds.” The feelings were definitely the same throughout the crowd and there was a sense of accomplishment in the air.
Mike King, the president of GAC, coined the idea for Fall for Greek Life and has high hopes for its expansion in the future. He says that “Fall for Greek Life was an idea that stemmed from the three governing bodies of Fraternity and Sorority Life on Bentley’s campus; the Greek Activities Council, Panhellenic Council, and Interfraternity Council. Our hope was to bring Greek Life’s mission of accomplishing service, scholarship and social opportunities to life by creating programing centered around these core goals. This year, the events offered consisted of an Ice Cream Social and a Day of Service to highlight two aspects of that mission. In future years, Fall for Greek Life will include other components of Greek Life central to that mission to help show interested students the value of the Greek community.”
All in all, this was the perfect way to kick off Fall Recruitment. Through these events students were able to socialize and make an impact, all while meeting fresh faces on campus. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year’s Fall for Greek Life!