New sororities could bring diversity to campus

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     Sigma Gamma Rho (ΣΓΡ) visited ABAC in bright colors of gold and royal blue. The sorority was one of two that visited ABAC in hopes of starting a new chapter on campus.

     Both Alpha Sigma Alpha and Sigma Gamma Rho are currently under contemplation for expansion at ABAC. If either, or both sororities are approved, students will have a wider range of Greek sororities to choose from. Currently, ABAC has one sorority and three fraternities, Sigma Alpha, Lambda Sigma Upsilon, Alpha Gamma Rho and Kappa Sigma.

     Sigma Alpha is the only female Greek sorority amongst the four on campus. If Sigma Gamma Rho or Alpha Sigma Alpha, the other sorority being contemplated, are approved, female students can look forward to having an option when choosing a sorority.

     Sigma Gamma Rho is the only sorority of the four historically African-American sororities which comprise the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), that was established at a predominately white campus. The NPHC is currently composed of nine international Greek letter sororities and fraternities.

     Sigma Gamma Rho has over 500 chapters worldwide, including Bermuda, The Bahamas, Canada, Africa and Korea. It is the mission of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority to enhance the quality of life for women and their families in the U.S. and globally.

     They wish for “Greater Service, Greater Progress” through various community development activities, and workshops members support the improved welfare of their communities and youth. Ms. Lawanna Barron, President of Kappa Psi Sigma Alumnae, spoke about some of these initiatives. “In August 2018, Kappa Psi Sigma Alumnae Chapter conducted Operation BigBookBag at the Tifton Housing Authority and gave away book bags with school supplies to 50 youth.” The Sorority also gave a college scholarship to a student at Tift County High School.

     Ms. Barron expressed an appreciation towards ABAC and its students, “ABAC is a great institution that has changed the lives of students, communities and families throughout Georgia, the United States and abroad.

     The recent expansion of ABAC in South Georgia shows its commitment to promoting education, diversity and service. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. wants to be a partner.”

     If accepted for expansion, Sigma Gamma Rho and Alpha Sigma Alpha will allow female students to enter a sorority, without needing prior qualifications, such as being an Agriculture major. ABAC’s decision is a much-anticipated event.

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