Gamma Phi Beta sorority to colonize in spring 2016

| Managing Editor

Gamma Phi Beta sorority has been chosen to form a new chapter at Washington University in the spring of 2016, the Women’s Panhellenic Association announced Tuesday afternoon.

Gamma Phi Beta was one of three sororities invited to present on campus at the end of April after Panhel voted to add a new chapter to campus to help limit chapter size, which has grown 34 percent since 2013, when the last colonization took place. Recruitment for the new chapter will take in early 2016, after the eight current chapters have held formal recruitment.

The extension committee, which was made up of current sorority members, alumnae and University staff members, voted to invite Gamma Phi Beta to colonize, or establish a chapter after hearing presentations from it as well as Alpha Delta Pi and Delta Delta Delta. Gamma Phi Beta previously had a chapter at Washington University, which has been inactive for the past 23 years.

In a previous interview with Student Life, David Stetter, a coordinator for Student Involvement and Leadership who oversees Greek life, noted that Gamma Phi Beta presented a particularly compelling plan for membership education on “sexual responsibility.”

“[We were looking for] an educational approach that was not just the standard educational focus,” Stetter said. “So sexual responsibility would be understanding consent, understanding sexual assault, understanding how to protect yourself—which I think is a very big topic across college campuses. And that made that group stand out.”

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