Junior health and exercise science major Lindsay Gagliano announced the Inter Greek Council’s decision to welcome a new sorority to the mix this semester during last week’s Student Government Association meeting. Sigma Kappa will establish a chapter at the College later this year.
The national sorority was established in 1874 at Colby College in Maine. Its 110 collegiate chapters span 36 states. It will welcome its first pledge class at the College this spring.
“They were approved, and they’re going to come to campus at the end of the fall and in the spring they’ll be part of formal recruitment,” Gagliano said.
Gagliano, who is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA), said the Panhellenic Association (PHA) began its eight-month search for a new sorority after last semester drew an unprecedented amount of pledges for many of the Greek organizations.
“The pledge classes were so big. This past spring (ZTA) had a pledge class of 23. That’s unheard of,” Gagliano said. “A lot of people are interested. This is just to give them more options.”
Sigma Kappa joins 12 existing sororities at the College. It will be the eighth National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) approved sorority, joining Delta Phi Epsilon, Delta Zeta, Kappa Delta, Phi Sigma Sigma, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Theta Phi Alpha and ZTA. These organizations comprise the College’s PHA.
“On behalf of the PHA, the Inter Greek Council would like to welcome Sigma Kappa to (the College),” reads a bulletin on the Inter Greek Council’s website. “We look forward to your arrival later this semester and developing a partnership that will help advance the entire fraternity and sorority community at (the College). Congratulations.”
For more information about Sigma Kappa, visit tcnjigc.wordpress.com or sigmakappa.org.
SGA also officially welcomed the College’s Russian Club during last week’s meeting.
The TCNJ Russian Club takes its place among other cultural organizations recently welcomed to the College, including the Polish Club and BlackOut Step Team. School of Culture and Society dean and Russian professor Benjamin Rifkin advises the club.
“There are a lot of cultural restaurants and places we could go in this area,” said Ellina Sukharenko, junior communication studies major and founder of the club.
According to Sukharenko, the club has 35 charter members. It also has a Facebook page with 88 fans, and hopes to expand its presence on campus during its first interest meeting. The meeting has not yet been scheduled.
The club passed with a majority vote.
“I think it’s important to have organizations representing different cultures,” said Randi Lynn Veenstra, junior history major and alternate student trustee.
For more information on the TCNJ Russian Club, visit its page on Facebook at facebook.com/pages/TCNJ-Russian-Club/159900424025581.