Walking around campus on a typical day, you may encounter many young women wearing their Greek letters to symbolize their respective organizations. Some people may think that being Greek is all about partying, but nobody sees the hard work, time and dedication that all of the women put into making various events successful.

During the Fall and Spring Semesters, various sororities from the Panhellenic Association and the Multicultural Greek Council hold a variety of educational, social and philanthropic events in order to educate and enrich our campus and the city of Rochester.

The differences between both Panhellinic and the Multicultural Greek Council Sororities are numerous.

Yet they always try to come together in a unique way in order to uphold not only their own national sorority’s mission, but UR’s mission as well.

MGC was founded in the Spring of 1999 and is comprised of 11 fraternities and Sororities of six which are sororities – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Senoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority Inc., Omega Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority Inc., and Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Inc.

Panhellenic is made up of six sororities – Alpha Phi Inc., Delta Gamma Inc., Gamma Phi Beta Inc., Kappa Delta Inc., Phi Sigma Sigma Inc., and Sigma Delta Tau Inc. All Panhellenic sororities are national sororities or fraternities that have their own unique, and often long, history. Each Panhellenic chapter has their own unique philanthropy for which they hold events in order to raise money.

MGC sororities mainly focus on events that educate either the campus or surrounding community, many of which focus on their own sorority?philanthropy or multicultural issues.

Although MGC and Panhellenic have their logistical differences, we all come together to maintain our commitment to our organization.

We also all share our bonds of sisterhood, lifelong friendship and the desire to make UR a better place.

So, the next time you see someone wearing Greek letters, ask them what they are doing to make your college experience the best it can be.

Peralta can be reached at aperalta@campustimes.org.

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