By Riya Patel
“Greek life – I really believe there is a home for everyone on our campus,” Joseph Vernace, LIU’s associate director of campus life, stated. This fall, a fifth sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, will join the campus Greek organizations.
The instillation of Kappa Kappa Gamma
into LIU’s Greek life is currently underway. While sororities and fraternities do not have their own houses, students interested in KKG can apply to live in the South Residence Complex, where they will live among other members of Greek organizations.
KKG, like the other Greek chapters on campus, requires applicants to have at least a 2.5 out of 4.0 cumulative grade point average. Students who are a part of Greek life have to be enrolled full time, taking at least 12 credits every semester.
In addition to being academically successful, future KKG members must agree to abide by LIU’s 4 values: fellowship, service, leadership, and scholarship. Once accepted, sisters are expected to complete at least 10 hours of community service, and raise $2,500 towards a national cause.
There are no recruited members at the start of the semester, but KKG will come participate in Greek recruitment with the other fraternities and sororities on campus.
Although TV shows and movies often depict Greek life negatively, with examples of hazing gone wrong and racism, the office of campus life works to negate that perception.
“Within LIU Promise, [we] always push [Greek life members] to challenge all the negative stigmas. We take a lot of preventative measures when it comes to reducing the risk of hazing environments. We always preach the importance of inclusion within their organizations,” Vernace said.
KKG will be open to all female students, regardless of their creed, race, sexuality or economic status.
While the university does not offer money to economically disadvantaged students who are interested in Greek life, KKG is a national organization and may offer scholarships or grants for prospective students.
For more information on campus Greek life, visit www. liu.edu/post/greek.