Panhellenic to invite new chapter; choice to be announced

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    Panhellenic representatives voted Wednesday on which sorority to invite to campus, but the results will not be released until the acceptance process has been finalized.Panhellenic sorority representatives voted between Alpha Phi, Delta Zeta and Gamma Phi Beta. The sorority with the highest votes will receive an offer to come to TCU in the fall. The three sororities were chosen from eight applicants.

    James Parker, assistant dean of Campus Life, said Panhellenic’s decision will not be announced before the finalists are notified and the organization accepts the invitation to TCU. He said the decision could be announced as early as Friday.

    The top sorority will be contacted with a formal invitation to the university, and the sorority’s national committee will conduct a formal vote to accept the invitation.

    “The university and the national sorority will release a joint press release,” Parker said.

    Each Panhellenic sorority received one ballot to select its recommendation to the university, and the 10 votes were sealed in an envelope to be tabulated.

    Hannah Munsch, Panhellenic president, said before the vote that the recent situation concerning DZ nationals and their Delta chapter at DePauw University will likely be considered during the process.

    DePauw University is dealing with angry students, faculty, alumni and parents because of a DZ restructuring program carried out by the sorority’s national chapter that removed several overweight women from the sorority, according to a Feb. 25 New York Times article.

    If the sorority elects to extend a chapter at TCU, they will notify Campus Life and preparation will begin.