Monday, November 26, 2007

FGCU Greeks Hoping to Change Image

FGCU Seeks to Redefine Public Image of Fraternities, Sororities

The fraternities and sororities at Florida Gulf Coast University are hoping to change the public image its Greeks have on campus.

"We are definitely breaking down some barriers," Jon Forbes, president of the university's chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon, told Naples Daily News. "Looking from where I was at as a freshman to where I am now, I couldn’t have done it without Sig Ep."

Almost 10,000 students are enrolled at the university, its highest student population to date. As numbers have risen on campus, national fraternities and sororities have been hoping to set up new chapters, but the university has set limitations on those groups.

Currently the campus only has three fraternities and two sororities, with another set to begin recruitment this spring.

The fraternities hope to use leadership and involvement as ways to recruit new members, rather than promoting a party and social atmosphere.

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