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While Valentine’s Day has some looking for romance, spring means something a little different to the fraternities and sororities at Baker University.

With the start of the second semester comes the open-bidding process for greek life, and many fraternities and sororities have hosted events to try to attract new members.

“The (chapters) are free to tailor their open-bidding events to the needs of those they are recruiting,” Director of Student Life Brett Bruner said.

Bruner said chapters have the option of open recruitment until they reach capacity. Sororities have a maximum of 52 members each, but fraternities are free to induct as many members as desired.

“As far as filling a number of spots, this varies from year to year,” Kristina Shiddell, vice president of membership for Delta Delta Delta sorority, said.

Since the formal recruitment process is in the fall, many chapters plan events in order to find potential members.

“We just had a Super Bowl watch party where we invited over some people,” Blake Stanwood, president of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, said.

While each chapter is different, they all have the same goal: to find men and women that positively contribute to the organization.

“Though we are small, we are looking for women who are interested in making a difference in our home,” BreAnne Hendricks, recruitment chair for Phi Mu sorority, said.

Alpha Chi Omega and Zeta Tau Alpha sororities also have events planned to attract new members.

“Saturday, we’re also going to the ‘Think Pink’ women’s basketball game, since breast cancer awareness is our philanthropy, and we’re inviting independents to come with us,” Stacy Yowell, recruitment chair for Zeta Tau Alpha, said.

Other chapters, such as Sigma Phi Epsilon, Kappa Sigma and Zeta Chi fraternities have not planned any events.

“Our only quota is finding men that are interested and have the integrity and characteristics to make a great Zeta Chi,” Bryce Bowers, recruitment chair for Zeta Chi, said.