Students at Pennsylvania State University have a variety of living arrangements on and off campus, and as you pass through the South Hall, you may notice the bright Greek letters on the windowsills of the dormitory building.
It’s hard to tell from the outside, but these halls are home to Penn State University’s Pan-Hellenic Sorority Chapter.
Each chapter has a specific floor of the South Residence building that can accommodate 26-33 sorority members. The floor has double rooms, private bathrooms, chapter suites and a shared kitchen.
Samantha Brown, president of the All-Hellenic Council, said these “unique spaces” at the university “allow the chapters to grow together.”
“This is a common place where we can all come together comfortably and safely,” said Browne, senior accounting.
When new members joined the sorority floor for moving weekend, Brown said living on the floor during the first year of membership was the “best way” for sorority members to immerse themselves in everything the chapter had to offer. I explained that it was
“You’re in the center of the action, with all the sisters who live next door to you,” Brown said. It’s in.”
Shannon Darcy, president of the Sigma Kappa Sorority, said the sororities are comparable to East Hall’s renovated dormitories.
“The layout is the same, but we added a suite, a kitchen, and a kitchen table,” said Darcy, Senior PR and French. “But these shared spaces are much bigger than freshman dorms.”
Alpha Delta Pi President Jessica Shi says the suite resembles a living room for those who want to use it within a chapter.
“This suite is meant for us, so that’s good,” said Shi, senior policy and business management. “It’s kind of an area for us to hang out and do things, whether it’s a scheduled event or not.”
New Sigma Kappa member Emily Roberts said the sorority floor was “a much more comfortable environment”.
“It’s only been a week since we moved in, but we’re already bonding,” said Roberts, junior political science and philosophy. “Living on the floor has allowed me to spend more time with girls. [to] Make more meaningful connections. “
New member of Alpha Delta Pi, Madeline Haller, has moved in the weekend before class with the help of her new sorority sisters.
“My freshman year, I was a liberal arts major and lived in an engineering school in the East,” said Haller, a sophomore in psychology and human resources. “No one wanted to spend time with me because we were busy with classes together.”
But Haller said moving in with her sorority sisters was a different experience than the year before. [they] Not everyone has the same major [they] have something in common. “
The highlight of our first few days in Haller’s suite was waking up to a welcoming pancake breakfast hosted by sister Hannah Lancaster.
“For me, that’s when I thought, ‘This is home,'” Haller said.
Lancaster, a sophomore in biology, organized an Alpha Delta Pie pancake breakfast as a way to broaden her “female sense of camaraderie.”
“I really value sisterhood and female friendships because I think there’s something very unique about having someone who can rely on each other and who understands you,” Lancaster said. “I would definitely like to live on the floor in the future if given the chance, but I also want others to experience this beautiful sisterhood community.”
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