By Jessica Meyer
Chi Omega beat out two other sororities to become a new chapter at Loyola University Chicago and will start recruiting in the fall.
With the help of a great community and the ability to support a new chapter, Chi Omega is seen as the best choice. Questions were asked about the well roundedness of the sorority, as well as their ideals and how they will fit into Loyola’s campus.
Panhellenic Council interviewed Phi Mu and Alpha Delta Pi in the process, but were beat out in the consensus process. The Council is the governing body behind all inter sorority relations, as well as the supervisor of sorority life.
“We looked at their values with university and Greek values, those being unity, scholarship, service and leadership,” said Gina Waterman, 21, a junior advertising and public relations major and president of Panhellenic Council.
Chi Omega is the largest women’s fraternity in the world, with 171 collegiate chapters and 290,000 members. One of the sorority’s biggest ideals is serving those around them, as well as helping others.
“They brought representatives from Northwestern and DePaul, showing that they have a great community in Chicago, not just at Loyola,” said Jessie Barnes, 18, a freshman business major and a member of Greek life at Loyola. “I think their big national name will boost Greek life here.”
Not all people feel that this large sorority will help the other sororities on campus, with the fall semester bringing many representatives to campus, persuading other students to join the initial executive board at Loyola.
“I think it will be harmful in the long run and detrimental to smaller sororities on campus because of their large name,” said Tamara Koritarov, 19, a sophomore psychology major and a member of Greek life at Loyola.
Overall, Chi Omega will meet the demand with higher enrollment of students on campus, allowing for more sororities to come onto campus.
“We feel like they have the full package and will be able to draw in a new section of already existing Loyola students,” Waterman said.