High school students to gather for Greek Getaway

Melissa Berg

High school students from across the Midwest will get a taste of greek life this weekend at the ISU Greek Getaway.

Between 125 and 200 high school seniors will spend the weekend living in a fraternity or sorority.

They will get a sneak-peek into the greek community and have the opportunity to get to know the students, said Brian Tenclinger, assistant dean of students for greek affairs.

“Our hope is that we will showcase both the university and greek communities in a way that the high school seniors will return to their homes and announce, `I’m going to Iowa State, and I’m going to go greek,'” he said.

The Greek Getaway shows potential students the benefits of joining a sorority or fraternity at Iowa State, said Katelyn Thrall, co-organizer of Greek Getaway.

Josh Krieger, freshman in elementary education, attended Greek Getaway last year and stayed at Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, 228 Gray Ave., where he is now a member. He said it was very beneficial to him because it banished his stereotypes of the greek community.

“The girls were beautiful, and the guys were just like me,” he said.

Krieger said he enjoyed meeting the men of Sigma Phi Epsilon, watching the lip sync contest and seeing the Polar Bear Plunge.

Andrea Breckenridge, freshman in apparel merchandising, design and production, stayed at Alpha Chi Omega sorority, 301 Lynn Ave.

She said she enjoyed hanging out with all the girls when she attended last year’s Greek Getaway.

Co-organizers of Greek Getaway Craig Peterson and Thrall receive a list of students who have applied to Iowa State and send out a mass mailing inviting them to attend Greek Getaway, Peterson said.

“We also get names of younger brothers and sisters and friends that may be interested in coming to Iowa State and going greek who we send the mailer to as well,” said Peterson, junior in mechanical engineering.

Activities planned for the high school visitors include a dinner exchange with a fraternity or sorority Friday night, the final competition for the lip sync contest, a comedian and an alcohol-free party at FarmHouse fraternity, 311 Ash Ave.

The annual party at FarmHouse is “always a lot of fun for the high school students to hang out in a fun atmosphere like that with college students,” said Thrall, junior in pre-journalism and mass communication.

The students will gather together Saturday morning for an informational session, and then they will have the opportunity to take a few tours of different chapters, she said.

Breckenridge said the house tours were helpful to her because she got to see several other sorority houses and get a better idea of different houses on campus.