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Panhellenic bid day moving to virtual format

Panhellenic bid day moving to virtual format

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor

September 10, 2020

The National Panhellenic Council made the decision to move all organization “bid days” to a virtual format Sept. 9.

Panhellenic recruitment to be fully virtual

Panhellenic recruitment to be fully virtual

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor

August 29, 2020

Mercer’s Panhellenic chapters—Alpha Delta Pi, Chi Omega, Alpha Gamma Delta and Phi Mu—will hold each of their three rounds of recruitment via Zoom.

Mercer’s delayed recruitment policy is here to stay

Archived photo by Jenna Eason, 2016

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

October 27, 2019

Mercer switched to delayed recruitment in 2017 to improve Greek numbers, GPAs and safety measures. Three years later, students generally disapprove of the policy, but administration says it's been positive for the school.

Mercer sorority members petition to change delayed recruitment guidelines

Greek Village houses the different sororities and fraternities at Mercer.

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

September 18, 2019

Two years after Mercer’s Greek-letter organizations switched to a delayed recruitment policy, nearly 140 women in Panhellenic chapters have signed a petition to reverse the decision. Savannah Lackey is a sister of Alpha Delta Pi, a global health studies major and a sophomore senator in the Student Government Association. She created the petition prior to the 2019 recruitment period. “Mercer started delayed recruitment two years ago in hopes that it would bring a positive change,” Lackey wrote in the petition. “As women have been through this process, it ha...

Opinion: Life is Good, so is Greek

Opinion: Life is Good, so is Greek

Julia Partain

March 11, 2019

The views expressed in this article solely reflect the author’s opinion and not an opinion held by The Cluster. There was recently an opinion piece published on various reasons why a person should not participate in Greek life. According to the writer, being a member of the Greek community is a waste of money, strips a person of their ...

Opinion: You should reconsider pledging to Greek life

Opinion: You should reconsider pledging to Greek life

Christian Watson

February 12, 2019

Everyone wants to fit in. I know I did at one point in time. This natural human urge may explain why Greek life is a vibrant part of hundreds of campuses across America. This desire exposes itself especially when we enter new environments. During the first few weeks of my freshman year, I witnessed many...

Greek life at Mercer renamed to promote inclusivity

Greek life on campus will now be referred to as Fraternity and Sorority programs. Photo by Jenna Eason.

Emily Rose Thorne, News Editor

August 16, 2018

Starting this fall, Mercer University will now use the label Fraternity and Sorority Programs (FSP) instead of “Greek life” to refer to its 12 fraternities and 8 sororities. The name change comes during a national push for Greek-letter organizations to adopt more inclusive policies. These organization...

Have recent changes to Greek recruitment been positive?

Phi Mu sisters yell and laugh when they see their new sisters. Photo by Katie Atkinson.

Olivia Buckner

August 27, 2016

This will be my second year going through recruitment as a member of a Greek organization. I have enjoyed every moment with my sisters — from being recruited to doing the recruiting. But over the last three years of my Greek life participation, recruitment has definitely changed. Since I was a fres...

In defense of fraternity men, a member of Alpha Tau Omega speaks out

 Alpha Tau Omega and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. raised $800 for the Susan G. Komen foundation this past October with a philanthropy powder puff game.

Christopher Murdock, Contributing Writer

April 28, 2016

A fraternity man. What thoughts come to mind when reading those words? Let me guess Total Frat Move, drinking, drugs, exclusivity — all of the above and more. Society makes it seem as if fraternities are only a realm for mischief but what they seem to hide from the masses are the positives of being a Gr...

Powder Puff game raises awareness for breast cancer

The fraternities Alpha Tao Omega and Kappa Alpha Psi are preparing their teams for a philanthropic powderpuff game to raise money for breast cancer awareness.

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor

October 14, 2015

On Oct. 25 in the friendly confines of Five Star Stadium, two teams will square off in what might be the biggest game of the year. The two teams currently sit with perfect records at 0-0 and are coming into the match looking to take home the victory and bragging rights in this rivalry game. This w...

Kappa Sigma’s ‘Run to Victory’ aims to raise $20,000 for Navy SEALs

Brothers of Kappa Sigma, Alpha Beta chapter

Nicholas Wooten, Managing Editor

September 11, 2015

This band of brothers isn’t crossing a hail of bullets like the Scouts and Raiders on the sands of Salerno. But the Alpha Beta and Lambda Xi chapters of Kappa Sigma are on a mission of their own. In mile segments, the men will run a football from Milledgeville to Five Star Stadium in Macon for th...

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