Luau Unites Frats and Sororities on Great Lawn

The annual Greek Luau was held on the Great Lawn on Sept. 1, where dozens of fraternities and sororities had the chance to promote their organizations to interested students, particularly to the freshman class.

The Interfraternity Council, the Panhellenic Council and the African and Latino Fraternal/Sororal Alliance sponsored the event.

Each organization had its own table or booth, each with flyers, photos, information and sign up sheets to try to have as many students as possible sign up for a chance to join.

Any interested student could walk up and look around at all the different sororities and fraternities they might be interested in joining and sign up to be contacted in regards to the events and recruitment activities of each organization.

Students could also speak to current members of the organizations that they might be interested in to get a better idea of what the fraternity/sorority has to offer.

Will Chen, a member of Sigma Chi Beta, said he felt the luau was an essential part of the University Greek Life.

“The luau is a great asset to Greek life at St. John’s University,” he said. “It’s just one way of showing who we are as a fraternity.”

Joan Moore, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. also said that the luau was an important part of looking for new members and promoting her organization.

“The luau gave us the opportunity to talk to the St. John’s community about what our cultural organization does and how we give back to the community,” she said.

“At the fair I got to come together with all of my sorority sisters and represent our organization. It was a great time.”

In addition to trying to recruit students, current Greek members were given the opportunity to intermingle with those interested through a variety of activities on the Great Lawn. Chen said  he enjoyed getting the opportunity to interact with a few of the interested students.

“[The luau] gives us the opportunity to interact with them by playing games like canjam and volleyball,” he said.

Freshman Taylor  Allen felt the event was successful in making her more likely to join a Greek organization in the future.

“It’s really nice to see all of what my school has to offer,” she said.

“It’s nice to be here and get to expand myself and pick which organizations I feel most comfortable joining in the future.”