Although many students may just pass it by this semester, Binghamton University will be hanging one more flag in the lobby of Glenn G. Bartle Library with the letters of Phi Mu, the newest social sorority to join campus Greek Life.
BU’s Panhellenic Council, which represents the social sororities on campus, offered all 26 organizations not represented on campus the opportunity to open a chapter at the University. On Nov. 18, they announced that Phi Mu would be the newest addition.
“We believe that Binghamton is a great fit for Phi Mu,” said Katie Billotti, national director of extension of Phi Mu. “We are impressed by the growth of the Greek community and the recent importance that University administration has placed on developing a professional staff to support the community.”
To spread the word about the new chapter, national representatives of Phi Mu spent the last two weeks hanging posters, passing out flyers and publicizing on social media pages. The sorority also held a recruitment event called “Pink Goes with Everything” on Thursday, which showcased what the sorority has to offer the students, and featured a video about Phi Mu’s history.
Organizers are planning a second recruitment event this coming Wednesday called, “Phi Mu loves CMNH,” which stands for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The event will discuss the philanthropic side of the sorority by introducing prospective members to the hospital chain, including the nearby Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, with which the national sorority does a majority of their philanthropy work.
Spenser Carrion, a junior majoring in anthropology, said that Phi Mu is the first sorority she has felt excited about because of the core values it represents.
“They seem to be very focused on academics and philanthropy, which is something that’s important to me and something that I already do on campus, so I think the added social aspect would be perfect,” Carrion said.
Emily Groenendaal, a junior majoring in integrative neuroscience, explained the appeal of joining the new sorority and contributing in a way that is only possible with a new sorority.
“You’re a contributor to the product that happens and I want my say in how this chapter goes,” Groenendaal said. “I want to help to make it really special.”
Billotti declined to estimate how many students were interested, but said that many more women have shown interest in joining than what she is allowed to accept.
“We have had an overwhelming amount of interest in our process and are excited to welcome a new chapter of women from all grade levels who are reflective of Binghamton’s student population,” Billotti said. “We are looking for well-rounded women that are interested in an opportunity to get involved on campus.”
Once the Phi Mu class is chosen on March 6, Billotti said they should plan to quickly get themselves involved in Greek Life and on campus.
“Our members will have a sorority experience that is similar to current organizations with weekly chapter meetings, sisterhood events, social events and philanthropy events,” Billotti said. “Some of these Phi Mu programs are open to the entire campus community, so we look forward to those partnerships.”
According to her, the new chapter will have Phi Mu alumnae advisers helping them for this first semester. They will also have a resident chapter consultant who is a staff member of the national headquarters that will live in Binghamton to help train their future chapter leaders and work with the school administration.
L.C. Coghill, the director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, said that he believes that Phi Mu is working hard to get involved and fit in on campus.
“We believe they are going to be a fantastic addition to our community,” Coghill said. “We are excited to see them induct their opening class next week.”