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6 organizations OK to recruit for admission – The Famuan

Greek Assembly: leaflet of the symposium on risk management and the fight against hazing. Photo courtesy: iStrike.

The time has come for membership admissions and urgent processes for Florida A&M University organizations. But before they could begin, students had to attend a meeting that laid out all the dos and don’ts of admission.

The Greek Assembly: Symposium on Risk Management and Combating Hazing took place last week via Zoom and over 500 people were in attendance.

The three parts organized by the symposium were aimed at three groups: one to prepare interested students to participate in a membership process for what is to come, another for potential members and members of Greek life, and and finally for the Greek members who had to attend in order to proceed with the admission this semester.

The meetings covered everything from the effects of hazing to the benefits of becoming a member of the Pan-Hellenic National Council.

According to Stop hazing, 55% of students involved in clubs, teams and organizations have experienced hazing.

Bryan Smith, who was hired in 2013 as an anti-hazing administrator at FAMU, shared a few words.

“Hazing is also about protecting power and control,” Smith said. “There is an imbalance of power for those who are already in an organization.”

Along with a session devoted to the prevention of hazing, the symposium covered the university’s requirements to become a member of a Greek organization.

Students must have obtained at least 30 credit hours, have a GPA of at least 2.5, attend a Greek assembly session, and be registered as a full-time student, among others.

The meeting facilitators also pointed out that while a student meets all of these requirements, there may be additional organizational requirements that must be met by the organization desired by the student.

It was mentioned that Greek literary organizations are allowed to require higher academic averages than those set by the university.

The hosts also talked about the benefits of joining a Greek organization. Some of these benefits include: networking, a greater chance of getting a college degree, and a lifetime of support from other members of the organization.

The organizations approved to recruit for the fall semester are the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Progressive Black Men, Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, National Society of Pershing Rifles, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, and Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity.

For more information on Greek life at FAMU, visit iStrike.

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