How JSU Greek life is keeping members engaged and safe

Coley Birchfield, Correspondent 

Every Jacksonville State University Greek Life organization has endured changes to their normal operations during the fall semester.

After the temporary suspension of all in-person student events, the fraternities and sororities around campus have adapted their procedures. These changes include virtual meetings, cancellation of social events and a heightened awareness of COVID-19’s impact. 

The expectations for the fall semester experience were in doubt for most organizations, including Delta Omicron, a professional music fraternity.

“It has been a pretty big struggle trying to keep everyone involved,” said Eric Rush, the president of Delta Omicron. “We have meetings over Zoom now and are looking for ways to function virtually.”

One of Delta Omicron’s Zoom events was held on Monday, where members joined and played a game of Kahoot, a quiz-based game.

The consistent narrative surrounding the remainder of the semester is hope. After electing to forgo this semester’s recruitment process, Delta Omicron is looking towards the future.

“We are just saving up for next semester in hopes everything calms down by then,” said Rush.

A Greek Life organization consists of social events such as tailgates, fundraisers, volunteer projects and formals. All of these events have undoubtedly been impacted by COVID-19 and JSU’s guidelines.

Dillon McBurnett, president of Delta Chi, described the situation his organization is facing. 

“There was some disappointment that things didn’t turn out as hoped,” said McBurnett. “We’re just focusing on our brotherhood and making sure we’re all staying safe and getting through this time.”

He explained that Delta Chi is exploring possible ways to volunteer in the community while abiding by social distancing guidelines.

The initial student event suspension expired today, and the university released new guidelines for organizations on Wednesday. Also, Kay Ivey’s state-wide mask mandate is in place until Oct. 2.

“The SGA recognizes the uneasiness that many students may be feeling,” said Jerod Sharp, JSU’s SGA president. “The university is doing all it can to take a proactive approach in containing this virus so we can stay on campus.”

For the latest information on JSU’s active COVID-19 cases, visit The Chanticleer’s JSU COVID-19 Tracker.

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