COVID-19 has impacted many different aspects of campus life at CSUSB — from the way we learn to the way we interact with each other. One of the main things that has impacted the student body has been not being able to fully participate in fraternities and sororities. Student are filled with some mixed opinions on fees still being charged.
CSUSB has fifteen fraternity and sorority chapters that are run by Student Leadership and Development on campus. While some are exclusively men or women, at least eight or more fraternities are co-ed, major specific, honors, community service related or other types of interest.
The fees involved for fraternity and sorority are what keeps them running, but currently, the fraternities and sororities don’t have any events to fund with the fees. Some current members feel like these fees are necessary and some don’t feel that the fees should be paid in full during the current pandemic.
Members like Jonathan Sanchez of Sigma Nu, said “I understand why we have to pay our dues. It goes beyond what we do so I get it, but at the same time, we aren’t really getting anything from the money we are putting in at the moment. I understand why we pay dues but in a time like this it’s unnecessary.”
Other members feel differently about the fees.
Arjun Mann, President of Kappa Sigma, says, “Greek organizations bring on more participation towards school-run events and lots of networking and promoting help make CSUSB more dynamic.”
While some fraternity and sorority are requiring all fees be paid in full, others are adjusting the payments to counter the pandemic.
Adrian Valdivia, President of Delta Sigma Phi, said, “We have come up with an agreement to only pay a minimum of the dues we charge per quarter. Each member of the fraternity was on board with this idea and it was affordable for all of us.”
Most of the Greek organizations are trying to figure out how to make the fee work for each fraternity and sorority on campus. A shared sentiment these clubs have is the desire to to be on campus and have all of their planned events happen.
“We are more saddened, if anything, about the recruitment process and Greek life being put on hold during this pandemic. We hope it ends soon so we can all see each other again in the future,” said Valdivia.