By Jhoana T. Merino-Martinez
Greek life at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan campus comes alive during Meet the Greeks, an annual event for both Greek members and students alike when FDU’s fraternities and sororities creatively display their organizations to the student body.
However, in accordance with state guidelines, FDU’s student events this fall have mostly moved online, per President Christopher Capuano announcement on Aug. 10. So, Meet the Greeks goes on, virtually, starting Monday, Sept. 28 — and with its own twists as well.
Juan-Lorenzo Martinez, president of the InterGreek Council, said,“This style of presentation allows for it to be personal. Students will have the opportunity to engage with our Greeks right then and there in the session.”
All 14 active organizations will be represented, along with two additional organizations that have expressed interest in becoming a part of FDU’s Greek Council, making a total of 16 organizations this year, Rashard Mills, associate director of Student Union Building operations, said via a Zoom interview with The Equinox.
Instead of one event, Meet the Greeks will unspool over five weekdays. With 30-minute slots to work with, three or four different organizations will have a chance to show off their org’s spirit each evening for the first four days from 8-10 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
“You’re going to watch them chant, you’re going to watch them stroll … and we’re going to have a unique twist this year: we’re inviting their [Greek] brothers and sisters from other campuses to our virtual event,” Mills said.
One org from each council will be displayed each night, highlighting diversity, Mills said.
“An org from our Multicultural council, an org from our Divine Nine council, an org from our IFC (Interfraternity council), as well as an org from our NPC (National Panhellenic Council),” Mills said. “So you’re going to have a dose of a little bit of everything every night.”
Martinez shares some ideas orgs will use for these presentations.
“Organizations have the freedom to prepare pre-recorded videos, use previous videos, present slides and much more,” he said.
The first four days will be dedicated to FDU Metro’s Greek organizations, while the last day will feature a motivational discussion with Paulaska Ramirez, a Latina founder of the nonprofit Generation Fearless.
Generation Fearless is dedicated to the education, empowerment and support of women becoming the first generation of immigrants, college students, entrepreneurs and more. This program connects these women with community resources, mentorship opportunities and motivational talk events.
“So we’re going to learn a little bit about her journey and be empowered on our last day of Meet the Greeks week,” Mills said.
Will It Live Up to the Hype?
In years past, Meet the Greeks took place at the Wilson Auditorium where students were charged to get in and proceeds would go to a philanthropic cause. This year the online events will be free.
There is even more to look forward to, Mills said.
“We’re going to do two parts [to Meet the Greeks] this semester. The first part is going to be online. Then, once the university permits and we’re able to do more in person, we’re going to have a parking lot party,” Mills said. “So, it’s going to either be a parking lot party or a Greek yard show, but either way it’s going to happen somewhere around the campus.”
Mills said that although a limited number of students would be invited to the outdoor event, in accordance with CDC social distancing guidelines, it will still give a chance for Greeks old and new to meet up — in person.