Sororities will join Columbia College community

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Sororities will join Columbia College community

Members of Sigma Kappa at College of Charleston

Members of Sigma Kappa at College of Charleston

Mikayla Suggs

Members of Sigma Kappa at College of Charleston

Mikayla Suggs

Mikayla Suggs

Members of Sigma Kappa at College of Charleston

Caitlyn Neal, staff writer

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Students have wanted sororities on campus for years, and now they are getting their wish. Sororities will be joining Columbia College within a few months as negotiations wrap up between the college and Greek life organizations.

In previous years, students who wanted to participate in Greek life had to travel to other college campuses and join their organizations. A group of students came forward with a proposal to bring sororities to Columbia College in January of 2017.

The Board of Trustees voted on the proposal during the spring semester. They approved three sororities: two from the National Panhellenic Conference, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and one, which has not been decided, from the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

“There are some individuals who may not choose Columbia College because they know they really wanted to have that Greek life experience,” LaNae Briggs Budden, dean of students, said. Student attendance may increase as students are given the opportunity to participate in sororities, according to Budden.

Budden said that the sororities will further the college’s mission, such as offering new opportunities to complete service activities. They will also provide additional opportunities to further leadership potential in students.

“Our goal is by spring of 2018, hopefully we can have groups chartering,” Budden said. This means that next semester, if all the appropriate information is submitted and approved, sororities will be able to join the Columbia College community.

“I think this will bring our campus together,” Teresa Browning, a first-year middle level education major, said.

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