Baker urged to support sorority

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When people explore the campus of Baker University, one of the first things they probably notice is the magnitude of the importance of greek life on campus.

Greek chapters surround the university and are represented in various ways.

However, the Pi Sigma chapter of Zeta Phi Beta sorority is one sorority that often goes unnoticed.

On Dec. 6, members of Zeta Phi Beta are inviting the rest of campus to celebrate the sorority’s fifth year on Baker’s campus.

Despite the lack of acknowledgment they usually receive, the women of Zeta Phi Beta are encouraging students, faculty and staff to join them in the celebration as a way of offering support for their presence on the BU campus.

Although the organization often receives little recognition around campus, the amount of pride the four members have in their sorority and philanthropy is something to be applauded.

Being a part of a sorority with no house and just four members can’t be easy.

Two years ago, Zeta Phi Beta had just one member–senior Logan Gallardo. She upheld the sorority on her own, and since then, the group has multiplied to four members.

To raise money for Zeta Phi Beta’s philanthropy, prematurity awareness, members organized and raised money as they partnered with the March of Dimes.

In comparison to the other sororites on campus, the amount of money raised for prematurity awareness is minute.

Delta Delta Delta sorority raised more than $6,000 last year for its philanthropy, while Alpha Chi Omega sorority has raised around $2,000 since January. Zeta Tau Alpha sorority would not comment on the amount they raised for breast cancer awareness.

Zeta Phi Beta has raised around $30 so far this month for its philanthropy.

Among the various philanthropies by the other sororities on campus, like St. Jude Children Research Hospital, breast cancer and domestic violence awareness, prematurity awareness is something many people know little about.

The group’s goal is to increase the awareness of premature births and to gain interest in Zeta Phi Beta and what it stands for.

So, as part of the Baker community, everyone, no matter the greek affiliation or not, should take pride in Zeta Phi Beta as well.

The group should be supported just as much as any other greek organization, or any other organization on campus.

Five years, with one of those years only having one member, of Zeta Phi Beta at Baker is an accomplishment. With the support of each person at BU, each year will be a building stone for the sorority.

The growth the group has seen in just two years is a resemblance of the success it will have.