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Fun and philanthropy

Students give it their all during Delta Sigma Phi’s annual tug-of-war tournament, which raises money for the American Red Cross. Last year, Loyola’s 20 sorority and fraternity chapters raised more than $136,000 for various charities. (Photo: Murillo Goncalves)

By Neha Simon  |  Student reporter

Although it makes up only 15 percent of the school’s enrollment, Loyola’s Sorority & Fraternity Life is one of the strongest community service efforts on campus. In the past year, Loyola’s 20 sorority and fraternity chapters raised more than $136,000 for charity and logged over 6,000 service hours volunteering throughout Chicago.

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To learn more about Loyola’s sororities and fraternities, visit the Student Activities & Greek Affairs (SAGA) website.

Sorority & Fraternity Life started at Loyola in 1924 and has since flourished into a 1,400-member group attracting students from all ends of campus. Founded on the ideas of brotherhood and sisterhood, many students find their closest friends in their Greek family.

Senior Nick Kimble is the past president of Tau Kappa Epsilon. He went through recruitment the fall of his freshman year—and immediately identified with the tenets of his fraternity.

“I really got along with the strong, driven culture that my fraternity stood for,” Kimble said. “We are a close group and seeing my brothers grow and change over the past four years has been one of the best parts of my college experience.”

The Sorority & Fraternity Life community at Loyola is organized into three types of councils: Interfraternity, Panhellenic, and Multicultural. There are six organizations each in the Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils, and eight in the Multicultural Greek Council.

While all sororities and fraternities help students bond, plan activities, and volunteer in the community, the multicultural sororities and fraternities place a high value on culture and diversity. Most of the multicultural chapters are on campus, but there are a few that meet elsewhere and have members from Loyola and other universities in the area. 

Loyola senior Aksa Rashid is the past president of the Multicultural Greek Council and has been a member of Delta Phi Lambda, a sorority that advocates Asian awareness, since the fall of her sophomore year.

“I didn’t even know multicultural sororities existed before I came to Loyola,” Rashid said. “But once I joined, my eyes were opened to all the good work they do and how much they care. Plus, Loyola doesn’t exactly uphold the stereotype of Greek life.”

The stereotype that usually runs through people’s minds revolves around a Greek Row—a block of large houses that headquarter each fraternity and sorority. But the city of Chicago prohibits these houses, leaving Loyola chapter leaders to think outside the box to come up with activities.

“It pushes us to be more creative in event planning and gets us engaging with the community instead of staying inside a house,” said Kimble, who spearheads his fraternity’s “Jokes for St. Jude” event that brings a Second City show to campus to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Last year the event raised $15,000.

Loyola’s unique Sorority & Fraternity community is anchored in its philanthropy work, proven by the impressive amount of money the groups raise and hours they devote to service. It may not fit the standard idea of fraternity and sorority life, but it symbolizes much more than that to the students who are a part of it.

“I think Loyola’s community represents the best of what Greek life was intended to be: a closely connected community driven by service,” Kimble said.