By Hailey Donohue
The Greek community at HSU is different than you see in the movies but members of the Greek community, such as Chi Phi President, Miguel Serrano, said they take pride in being a part of a Greek organization.
“Here Greek life is more valued because Humboldt County is more liberal,” Serrano said. “Where here at other universities Greek life is much more supported making it a less though out decision.”
Greek life at HSU started in 1987 when the Chi Phi fraternity was first chartered. Within the next year, the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority came into play. Since then, other organizations have come and gone from the Greek community, but these two organizations still stand.
Humboldt State now has six Greek organizations ranging from 10 to 50 members. Keeping the Greek Community organized is something that Delta Phi Epsilon former President Rosa Franko thinks keeps them strong on campus.
“Greek Council keeps us updated on what each organization is doing and makes sure we are all on our best behavior,” Franko said. “There are weekly meetings between each organization so that everyone knows what is happening within the Greek community.”
One of the biggest differences of HSU Greek Life is the fact that there is not a Greek Row, which is traditionally a location off campus where all the Greeks have houses. Some Greeks, like Chi Phi member Arturo Basurto, think that the absence of Greek Row is beneficial.
“Not having a Greek Row has slowed down the process of making us get bigger, but then again the members we gain aren’t just looking for a party house,” Basurto said. “Our interests aren’t looking for any extra perks other than being a part of something bigger than themselves.”
The biggest Greek life stereotype is they are all in it for the party, but what people don’t take into account is all the good things the Greek Community does. Delta Phi Epsilon Vice President of Operations, Jaclyn Todd, feels that the best part of being Greek is charitable actions.
“Delta Phi Epsilon is a service based sorority, which is what initially made me come Rush,” Todd said. “Each organization puts in so much effort every semester to give back to their philanthropies and the community. For example, my organization puts on Deepher Dude where we raise money for Cystic Fibrosis.”
Though some people are wiry on contributing to the Greek Community, those who make the switch, like in-coming Delta Phi Epsilon President Vanessa Silva have found it extremely beneficial.
“It was a nice surprise coming to HSU and noticing Greek life here was different and I wanted to be a part of it because I needed to have that family away from home,” Silva said. “It was one of the best decisions I made because I have sisters who support me, opportunities to network and skills that can contribute to my future.
The future of HSU Greek life is positively endorsed throughout each Greek organization. Chi Phi member Eric Morales sees Greek Life potentially growing into a much bigger deal at HSU.
“The Greek Community’s main focus at the moment is expanding,” Morales said. “It’s going to take a lot of recruiting quality students who are willing to build something very unique and personal.”
“Being Greek means finding a useful and respected position on the college community, we all grow as one and eventually become individuals who stand for something more than ourselves,” Morales said.