The Interfraternity Council team has presented a new concept for Bid Day at CSUSB involving the bidding process for fraternities on campus.
Until now, Bid Day has been confined to the yearly routine that each fraternity is accustomed to based their own fraternal secrets and rituals in the past. This is the first time fraternities are involved in a Bid Day event at CSUSB.
During the first two weeks of every quarter, fraternities begin their recruiting process to bring in Potential New Members.
The event is very similar to the Bid Day sororities host every quarter welcoming in their new members.
This event was held Oct. 5, 2018, in the lower commons during the last day of the rush week where the Potential New Members decide which fraternity/organization they will be joining in front of all the organizations.
Students including sorority members also stand on the sidelines viewing and supporting the very first fraternal Bid Day.
“I think it was a good idea because our Greek system as a whole is getting smaller giving us the opportunity to see and experience part of the rush process of the fraternities.” said Halie Ramirez, current member of a sorority at CSUSB.
“[I]t hyped up both the active chapter as well as the new members! They were able to claim the chapter they chose to join as their new group is cheering and screaming! I felt like it was a very positive, fun, and exciting experience.” said Vanessa Mendoza, CSUSB sorority alumni.
Six fraternities in total participated in this event. Each welcoming their own respective number of PNMs per organization.
This event was to promote and better the Greek community at CSUSB by unifying all of the fraternities into one area and sharing the experiences of welcoming their new members into their organization. CSUSB has been stressing the unity of the Greek community supporting and helping each other to better Greek life.
For years the Interfraternity Council (IFC) has tried to impose this idea of Bid Day but have been denied ever since. In addition, this is the first year the event is hosted amongst IFC. This event begins the process for each fraternity for their organizations to welcome and initiate its new members. New members have joined the council and spiraled many new ideas including the Bid Day event.
“The idea came about during an IFC meeting with the current council and the presidents from each organization. We came to a consensus that this year needed to be different, so we started to research other IFC on other campuses and create something that could work here,” said Andy Meza, IFC Vice President.
Meza reflects on the success of the first event of its kind at CSUSB thanks to the many efforts and contributions of the Interfraternity Council.
“Bid day was in many ways successful… when it came into effect it allowed us to evaluate it and see what we can do to make it better and bigger for next year’s rush.”
Lieutenant Commander of the Sigma Nu fraternity at CSUSB spoke on the importance of the event: “The significance of Bid Day is really to have a warm welcoming into the Greek community…a lot of people who rush are often first years, so this is a good way to make them see how involved the Greek community can be.”
“The significance of Bid Day is really to have a warm welcoming into the Greek community…a lot of people who rush are often first years, so this is a good way to make them see how involved the Greek community can be.” said Andy Meza.