BY KATHLEEN STUBBS
Many students at Franciscan University of Steubenville are not aware that there is a sorority on campus. This year Theta Phi Alpha, which had members before faith households even existed, celebrates its 50th year at the university.
All of the members of Theta Phi Alpha agree that theirs is not a stereotypical sorority. Theta Phi Alpha was actually founded by Bishop Edward D. Kelly at the University of Michigan in 1912.
The mission of Theta Phi Alpha is to create close comradeship, advance educational, social and philanthropic interests and leadership training, and encourage spiritual development.
Also the sorority is business-based. The sisters dress in business attire, such as dress pants or a nice dress, and wear pearls for many of the sorority’s commitments.
The president of Franciscan’s Theta Phi Alpha, Danielle Frakes, would like students to know that the sorority is open to any freshman through senior female student who attends the university.
Freshmen can join right away; there is not a wait period as there is for households. Moreover, a student could be in both a sorority and a household.
There are some basic requirements to enter the sorority. For instance, to be a member of Theta Phi Alpha, a young lady must maintain a 2.5 GPA. There is also a semester-long formation process to become a member.
Tiffany Lengyel, a junior nursing major, said that she “needed the sorority to find her place on campus.”
Frakes added that the sorority is a very good opportunity for commuters, who do not form the bonds that result from living with other students in the dorms.
Frakes, Lengyel and the other Theta Phi Alpha members hosted a Boho Fest on Monday, Sept. 9, at 9:00 p.m. in the courtyard of Finnegan Fieldhouse. Dozens of members of the sorority, some young ladies interested in joining and even two young men attended the event. According to Hanna Sequeira, a senior history major and recruitment chair of Theta Phi Alpha, the event is annual, and its purpose is to introduce students to the idea of being in the sorority.
Students may wonder why the event was called Boho Fest when there was not a 60’s theme to it this year. Sequeira said that the title came from the theme of the event four or five years ago. While the title no longer fits the theme of the social, it has been used for the past few years as a tradition.