Gamma Phi Beta invited to join Greek community

Gamma Phi Beta is coming to TCU.Gamma Phi Beta International Sorority was selected out of three finalists and eight applicants by the Panhellenic community in a vote Wednesday.

Panhellenic president Hannah Munsch said G-Phi is the best option for the university.

“All the presentations were strong, but after everyone heard all three and had time to think about it, Gamma Phi Beta was the best choice, and I think it’s a good choice,” Munsch said.

G-Phi International was notified early Thursday of the university’s official offer to create a chapter on campus.

Linda Johnson, international president of G-Phi, said TCU’s reputation for academic excellence coincided with the organization’s goals, and that the board of trustees voted unanimously to accept the invitation.

“We are aware of the university support of fraternities and sororities and we see a parallel between the mission and values of Gamma Phi Beta and TCU,” Johnson said.

James Parker, assistant dean of campus life, said G-Phi had a well-developed plan for ensuring the success of its organization into the future.

“The best compliment I can give the chapter is that everyone said they were a likeable group,” Parker said. “The sororities all thought they were a group they would want to get to know.”

The university will now begin working with the sorority to plan their first recruitment process.

Johnson said there will be representatives on campus once or twice this semester to promote G-Phi and prepare for fall recruitment.

Panhellenic recruitment director Rachel Knapp said G-Phi will have a separate bid day and recruitment process but it will look to the Panhellenic council for guidance.

“It’s up to the new sorority how they would like to do recruitment,” Knapp said.

The sororities that were not chosen, Alpha Phi and Delta Zeta, were notified Thursday of the university’s decision, Munsch said.

Neither Alpha Phi nor DZ could be contacted for comment regarding the university’s decision.

DePauw University is dealing with angry students, faculty, parents and alumni because of a national DZ restructuring program that removed all its overweight and minority members, according to a Feb. 25 New York Times article.

Munsch said before the vote the events would be taken into account.

G-Phi delivered its presentation Monday in the Kelly Alumni Center with representatives introducing themselves and explaining their plan and why they were interested in TCU.

Ten representatives conducted the presentation, including two chapter members from the University of Oklahoma, one chapter member from Southern Methodist University and national officers.