Thursday, September 21

Sororities suspend Bruin Bash publicity after Pi Beta Phi member death


Chapters along sorority row altered their prerecruitment practices Monday following the death of a member from Pi Beta Phi. (Hayley McAvoy/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Chapters along sorority row altered their prerecruitment practices Monday following the death of a member from Pi Beta Phi. (Hayley McAvoy/Daily Bruin senior staff)


The presidents of all Panhellenic sororities eliminated the competitive aspect of prerecruitment for the remainder of Monday’s events out of respect to Pi Beta Phi following the death of one of its members.

The member, a fourth-year Spanish and psychology student, was found dead Monday morning following a fire in her apartment on Roebling Avenue, which she shared with 11 other members of Pi Beta Phi.

The formal recruitment period opens Thursday and is projected to attract around 1,000 women, according to the office of UCLA Fraternity and Sorority Relations. Recruitment is generally viewed as a competition between 12 chapters of UCLA’s Panhellenic council to encourage the most new members to join.

At a meeting between all Panhellenic presidents and recruitment chairs Monday, chapters were asked not to practice their usual door chants, which are spirit songs, or engage in recruitment activities outside their houses as a sign of respect.

Bruin Bash, which is scheduled to take place at Pauley Pavilion Monday night, is one of the main publicity events for the Panhellenic community heading into recruitment. Instead of wearing shirts advertising individual organizations, as originally planned, all members of Panhellenic will be wearing “Go Greek” shirts and maroon ribbons – one of Pi Beta Phi’s colors.

Compiled by Claire Fahy, Bruin senior staff.

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