Imagine our joy when, this morning, an “important update” dropped into our inbox from the Interfraternity Council: Greek membership has exploded from 550 in 2006 to an astonishing 823 today! That’s over 50 percent growth in two years, to just about 10 percent of Barnard, the College and SEAS. There are comfortably over twice as many brothers as sisters, not counting members of the Multicultural Greek Council, which is composed of frats and sororities that carry an ethnic identity.
Curious to see who had cleaned up in fall rush, Bwog asked Interfraternity Council president Matt Heiman for the frat-by-frat membership breakdown, but was informed that the information was “not public.” Heiman said that we “could try contacting the fraternities individually to get this information, but I think it will be difficult.”
Heiman attributed the increase in membership to “strong leadership of fraternity and sorority presidents” as well as a more collective approach in increasing the Greek community’s presence and involvement on campus. His own organization, the IFC, was only formed last year as a parallel to the girls-only Panhellenic Council (plus there’s the overarching InterGreek Council…we know, it’s confusing).