Home to stepping stone


Journalism junior Supriya Sridhar (top right) and other members of Pi Phi pose for a photo during rush August 2015. Provided by Supriya Sridhar

Siandhara Bonnet

Most young women join a sorority to find a community and to make friends. However, not all of those who join end up staying the traditional four years of undergraduate schooling.

As of May 31, 2016, there were 2,949 members in the Panhellenic Association, according to the official Panhellenic Look Book.

“I felt like it would be a good way for me to meet friends and become involved,” pre-nursing sophomore Kelsey Harris said via text.

Harris was a member of Gamma Phi Beta, or G-Phi, which has about more than 280 women in its Psi chapter, according to their official website. She said she left because she knew she would not be living in the house.

“I felt bad because I did not want my parents to be paying for something that I was not invested in because the dues are really expensive,” Harris said.

For journalism junior Supriya Sridhar, her and her friends at Pi Beta Phi, or Pi Phi, began to see each other more outside of sorority sanctioned events than in them.

“Now we all have our own lives. … We found our own places on campus,” Sridhar said. “We found the things that we were passionate about like college is supposed to make you, but those things no longer revolve around (Pi Phi).”

Sridhar said the house ended up being a place to go.