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Sorority w/ no house?

OKgirlOKgirl Registered User Posts: 2,134 Senior Member
edited February 2008 in College Life
My campus has no greek houses. How does a sorority w no greek house work? Do you meet somewhere for meetings? Are there still parties? Do you still develop that friendship? Do you have to be an undergrad student or can you still be in one while in graduate school?

All I know is that you still have to rush (I don't see how that works either!).
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Replies to: Sorority w/ no house?

  • BigredmedBigredmed Registered User Posts: 3,731 Senior Member
    There are many schools where this is the case, and a number of ways in which chapters work around it. At some schools, chapters are given wings of a dorm so that all the members may live in close proximity with one another, there's a lounge or meeting room for them to use, etc.

    At other schools where this doesn't occur, the chapters simply make due with scheduling their meetings at members' houses or using meeting rooms at the Union or some other on or off campus location. Typically recruitment is done in various rooms in the union or a building on campus with multiple rooms of similar size.

    Keep in mind that even on campuses where many of the chapters have houses, some chapters may not and they have to work around these issues as well.

    Bottom line, you'll still develop close friendships.
  • AUlostchickAUlostchick Registered User Posts: 1,818 Senior Member
    At my school, all the sororities have a floor in a dorm and chapter rooms in the basement of the dorm. They're all in the same section of campus so rush is conducted in this area (you go around to the different dorms instead of different houses). Seems to work out alright for them, although there have been rumors of them getting houses in the relatively near future (2009-2010). Those rumors have been going around since I started in 2005 though, and probably before.
  • brillarbrillar Registered User Posts: 1,089 Senior Member
    Haha, here in PA you can't have a sororiety house because of an old law that basically says if there are over 16 women in a house, it consitutes a brothel. Very fun.
  • MotherdearMotherdear Registered User Posts: 1,289 Senior Member
  • abena301abena301 Registered User Posts: 268 Junior Member
    In NC they give the same reason for why there is frat housing but no sorority housing- because of an old brothel rule. At my school, frats have designated sections within dorms.
  • brillarbrillar Registered User Posts: 1,089 Senior Member
    Ach, sorry, tour guides at Gettysburg were saying that when it's actually a zoning law. Still, no sororieties there.
  • AUlostchickAUlostchick Registered User Posts: 1,818 Senior Member
    That's the excuse they use at Auburn too, about the brothel laws. No one could ever really figure out if they were true or not until our school paper had an article devoted to "College (and Auburn) Specific Urban Legends" where they debunked a bunch of things, that being one of them.
  • frostburg2010frostburg2010 Registered User Posts: 648 Member
    Here, none of the fraternities or sororities have official houses; some have unofficial houses that several members of the same group live in, but there aren't any ones officially recognized by the university. Usually recruitment events are on campus, and then the group will later determine where rush and brother/sister events will be.
  • erhswimmingerhswimming Registered User Posts: 1,207 Senior Member
    Our school is the opposite in that all the sororities here have houses but the fraternities are getting slowly kicked off campus. When the fraternities don't have a house, they still have meetings, parties, etc. but just usually at an off-campus house.
  • LilyMoonLilyMoon Registered User Posts: 1,832 Senior Member
    In my son's fraternity, they don't have a house, but they have a suite on school grounds. The suite is where they hang out and have their meetings. They have a big screen TV, pool table, etc. in the suite. Parties are either in houses of members or in hotels, restaurants, etc that are rented out. They hire a bus to take them there. I actually like that there is no frat house, I think things are more thought out and under control that way.
  • MotherdearMotherdear Registered User Posts: 1,289 Senior Member
    Actually off-campus parties are less controlled. Greeks in university-owned housing are subject to investigations by campus police or university officials at any time, day or night. This is not the case when a GLO owns or rents property off campus. Formals are routinely held in nice restaurants or hotels with chartered buses whether or not there is housing.
  • LilyMoonLilyMoon Registered User Posts: 1,832 Senior Member
    It's not just formals that are held with chartered buses and nice locales, all the mixers with sororities and many other events are too.
  • OKgirlOKgirl Registered User Posts: 2,134 Senior Member
    I think that might be better than having a campus house!

    Are the frats w/ boys and girls ran the same way as a normal frat/sorority?

    Are sororities limited to undergrad students?
  • LilyMoonLilyMoon Registered User Posts: 1,832 Senior Member
    Yes, I believe they are run the same way as any normal frat. I don't know if the sororities are limited to undergrads. I'm sure you could find out what is done at your school.

    Good luck!
  • smart&blonde<3smart&blonde<3 Registered User Posts: 184 Junior Member
    As a member of a coed fraternity, I can say that yes, it is pretty much run the same way as a normal frat/sorority. Typically sororities/fraternities are limited to undergrad students. I know when members of our fraternity become graduate students they are then considered Alumni members. They can still join us at activities and such, but they are no longer Active members.
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