Sorority celebrates 50 years on campus

BY MELISSA SOLANO

Standing out from the households on campus is another organization that has been going strong on campus for quite a few years- almost 50 to be exact. The Theta Phi Alpha sorority at Franciscan University of Steubenville will be celebrating its 50-year anniversary this fall. The Franciscan chapter’s president, Danielle Frakes, said that the girls of the sorority are working on recruiting new members this semester.

“We currently have 16 members, and we’re working on new ideas to help us to grow even more,” said Frakes.

Normally, a sorority has a minimum number or required members, similar to households. Due to the small size of the chapter and the school, there is no specific quota. Frakes said that there are many benefits to joining the Theta Phi Alpha sorority.

“It means joining a sisterhood that is over 100 years old and it is also nationally recognized,” said Frakes.

One of the major questions that arises for many prospective sisters is how the sorority compares to joining a Franciscan household.

“We have members from all across the state,” said Frakes. “You can get to know sisters from all over the country too in the form of different reunions.”

The sorority will have been on campus for 50 years this upcoming fall. This is quite a milestone and Frakes said the girls certainly intend to celebrate it.

“We’re still in the planning stages, but we are definitely planning to bring back our alumni for a reunion as a part of the events,” said Frakes.

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