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Interfraternity Council Membership Recruitment

For more information on fraternity recruitment call (562) 985-7501.

For more information on women's sorority recruitment, scroll down.

2013 Fall Recruitment Dates

  • Dorm Move-ins: Saturday, August 24 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Greek Fair: Wednesday, August 28 and Thursday, August 29, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (Bookstore Lawn)
  • IFC Recruitment Info Nights: Wednesday, August 28 OR Thursday, September 5, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (USU Ballrooms)
  • IFC Recruitment events: Saturday, September 7 - Tuesday, September 10 (various times and locations)

What is Membership Recruitment?

Membership Recruitment is a week long event each semester that includes house tours and individual chapter events. This is to give potential members a view of all the chapters that CSULB has to offer, and to familiarize the potential members with the chapters he is interested in joining. Each chapter contains a special group of brothers and it is up to you to decide which chapter will be right for you. See our FAQs.

Brotherhood

The greatest advantage of fraternity membership lies in the unity that develops among brothers. Each fraternity instills its unique bond of brotherhood in all of your daily interactions. That brotherhood supplied by your fraternity system is lifelong.

Leadership

All but two of the United States Presidents since 1925 have been fraternity men. Here in the Greek System at The Beach we strive to mold the leaders of the future today. The Greek System offers many opportunities to lead not only in the individual chapters, but as a leader on the Interfraternity Council.

Social Activities

College is a time for social interactions as well as academics. Social and recreational activities give students the opportunity to meet a variety of people. Fraternity and sorority functions, date parties and formal dances are samples of these activities. Participation in traditional events such as Greek Week, philanthropies, and intramurals demonstrate Greek unity and the spirit that makes Greek Life at The Beach so rewarding.

Service

The CSULB fraternity system enjoys giving back to those in the community. With different philanthropic events, individual chapters raise money to give to different non-profit organizations of their choice. Giving to and helping others is an important goal of the fraternity system, and this goal is being achieved by facilitating philanthropies and services projects that show we care.

Scholarship

The academic portion of your college life is undoubtedly the greatest determinant of your future success. Employers look for students who have achieved academic success while maintaining extra-curricular involvement. The CSULB Greek System strives for high scholarship and the development of academic excellence among its members.

Panhellenic Council (Sorority) Membership Recruitment

Women: Register for Sorority Recruitment

All women participating in 2013 Fall Recruitment must register.

For more information on sorority recruitment, call (562) 985-7501.

2013 Fall Recruitment Dates

  • Dorm Move-ins: Saturday, August 24 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Greek Fair: Wednesday, August 28 and Thursday, August 29, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (Bookstore Lawn)
  • Sorority Recruitment Information Night: Thursday, August 29 OR Wednesday, September 4, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Long Beach Ballroom (USU 2nd floor)*
  • Fall Recruitment Open House: Saturday, September 7, 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.*
  • Fall Recruitment Philanthropy/House Tours: Sunday, September 8, 10:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.*
  • Fall Recruitment Preference: Monday, September 9, 4:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.*
  • Fall Recruitment Bid Day: Tuesday, September 10, 5:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.*

* Required events. All recruitment participants must attend one information night, and plan to attend the entire duration of recruitment, Saturday - Thursday.

What is Membership Recruitment?

Membership recruitment is a four day event where prospective members visit sorority chapters and get to know their members. Through informal conversation and presentations, you will learn about the different activities and programs of each chapter. During Recruitment, you will be looking for a group of women with whom you best identify. Each sorority has something to offer you, just as you have something equally unique to offer them.

During the spring semester, an informal recruitment is held. Sorority chapters will host a variety of events to introduce their organizations to potential new members. Women interested in joining a sorority during the spring semester are encouraged to visit as many sororities as possible to find the best place for them.

Social Activities

Sororities provide their members with a broad range of social events to participate in, such as fraternity exchanges, theme dances, formals, parent and alumni events, chapter retreats, sisterhood activities and sporting events. Overall, it is the people you meet and the experiences you share with them that will help shape your future.

Leadership

Sororities offer endless opportunities for developing leadership skills and encourage leadership activities outside the Greek system. Whether you are on a committee, running for a chapter office, or participating in campus or community events, you can always be involved and learn effective leadership skills.

Philanthropy & Community Service

Service is a fundamental part of the Greek community. Greeks participate in chapter-sponsored and community-wide service projects throughout the year. Each individual chapter contributes time and energy to create ways in which they can contribute money or services to a national philanthropy.

Scholarship

Each sorority places great emphasis on high scholarship and promote academic excellence through incentive programs, honor societies, study skills/time management workshops, and tutoring. We encourage each sorority member to dedicate herself first to the University, as its academic rewards will ensure more enjoyable schools days and a successful future.

Expenses

Sororities are self-governed and self-financed through dues paid by each member. Dues provide for initiations, national membership, chapter house maintenance, philanthropic events, Greek community contributions, activities and programs, just to name a few.

Go Greek at The Beach

It's time to take a step toward your future and Be Greek at The Beach. The seven sororities at Cal State Long Beach offer women the opportunity to make life long friendships, strive toward academic excellence, and make a difference in their community through philanthropic service. Sorority Recruitment offers each woman the chance to meet all the lovely ladies of all our sororities. During the six day process, every one will get the opportunity to visit all the sororities, see which events each house does, and find a place where they can call each other sisters. Recruitment week is an exciting time that is overwhelming and exhausting, but is well worth it in the end.

Thank you for your interest in Sorority Recruitment and we look forward to meeting you in the Fall.

Dry Recruitment Policy

All fraternities and sororities, and the CSULB Greek Councils prohibit alcohol during recruitment events.

What does Dry Recruitment mean?

If a recruitee is present, there cannot be alcohol. If alcohol is present, there cannot be recruitees. This would include:

  • Drinking in your room and then coming to a recruitment event.
  • Activities at local establishments.
  • Parties at initiated members' apartments or houses.
  • Spontaneous gatherings.
  • Pre-recruitment parties for potential recruitees.
  • Violations of risk management policy often make insurance coverage null and void.

Myths & Facts About Hazing

Myth #1:

Hazing is a problem for fraternities and sororities primarily. Fact: Hazing is a societal problem. Hazing incidents have been frequently documented in the military, athletic teams, marching bands, religious cults, professional schools and other types of clubs and/or organizations. Reports of hazing activities in high schools are on the rise.

Myth #2:

Hazing is no more than foolish pranks that sometimes go awry. Fact: Hazing is an act of power and control over others --- it is victimization. Hazing is pre-meditated and NOT accidental. Hazing is abusive, degrading and often life-threatening.

Myth #3:

As long as there's no malicious intent, a little hazing should be O.K. Fact: Even if there's no malicious "intent," safety may still be a factor in traditional hazing activities that are considered to be "all in good fun." For example, serious accidents have occurred during scavenger hunts and kidnapping trips. Besides, what purpose do such activities serve in promoting the growth and development of group team members?

Myth #4:

Hazing is an effective way to teach respect and develop discipline. Fact: First of all, respect must be EARNED--not taught. Victims of hazing rarely report having respect for those who have hazed them. Just like other forms of victimization, hazing breeds mistrust, apathy and alienation.

Myth #5:

If someone agrees to participate in an activity, it can't be considered hazing. Fact: In states that have laws against hazing, consent of the victim can't be used as a defense in a civil suit. This is because even if someone agrees to participate in a potentially hazardous action it may not be true consent when considering the peer pressure and desire to belong to the group.

Myth #6:

It's difficult to determine whether or not a certain activity is hazing--it's such a gray area sometimes. Fact: It's not difficult to decide if an activity is hazing if you use common sense and ask yourself the following questions: Make the following inquiries of each activity to determine whether or not it is hazing.

  • Is alcohol involved?
  • Will active/current members of the group refuse to participate with the new members and do exactly what they're being asked to do?
  • Does the activity risk emotional or physical abuse?
  • Is there risk of injury or a question of safety?
  • Do you have any reservation describing the activity to your parents, to a professor or University official?
  • Would you object to the activity being photographed for the school newspaper or filmed by the local TV news crew?
If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," the activity is probably hazing. Adapted from Death By Hazing, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 1988.