By Da’Quan Martin; The Whetstone
Many Greeks at Wesley College said the once prominent Greek organizations are rapidly declining because of fewer students and the feeling that the organizations are outdated.
The “Greek atmosphere” is not the same and people are tired of them on campus, said senior Kelvin Laoesbikan, vice president of the Alpha Alpha Psi Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
“The climate of Greeks has died out,” he said. “Greeks were at the top of the pillar from 2015 to 2017. But now with fewer students for recruitment and people not showing up to events, that hurts us.”
Laoesbikan said the lack of variety of Greek organizations is a factor.
“People are tired of seeing the same Greeks,” he said. “If there were more on campus, we would be in better shape.”
Senior Kierra Whitaker, president of Omega Omicron chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, said that since it’s already hard to get people to come out to events, and more people keep leaving the school, it’s hard to keep the Greeks going.
“The Greeks have declined tremendously,” she said. “I became Greek in the spring semester of 2017, and there were a lot of Greek organizations on campus. “Now, it’s only a handful. Since people don’t come out, it is a struggle to get new members.”
Greek Union adviser Quameshia Callwood, said the organizations have a bright future and could improve recruitment by simply planning ahead.
“Turning in paperwork on time, doing community service, and simply do what has been asked of them by the administration they report to,” she said. “With recruitment they have to be mindful of their images. As student leaders on campus continue to show leadership qualities” she said.
Even with the decline in population, the Greeks still spread positive messages on campus and leadership and what it is to be Greek, said senior Rex Chege, a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity,
“We have done a much better job on educating people what Greek is,” he said. “More people have a better understanding that it is not about partying. It’s a business and a lifelong investment. It’s not about the individual. It’s about what the individual can do for the organization and the community.”