The Race for A New Sorority Begins

by: Sue Harris

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (UTC/The Loop) — It’s off to the races for the four potential new sororities as they fight for a spot in UTC’s Greek system. Out of Alpha Omicron Pi, Phi Mu, Alpha Phi, and Delta Zelta, only one can claim the position on our campus.

These four sororities competed March 15 – March 18 with presentations. Each group had the opportunity to meet individually with UTC’s staff, IFC Council, Panhellenic Council, and the Extension Committee.

After the individual meetings, the sororities put on an open presentation in the UC auditorium for the campus to attend. At these informational meetings, the women told background history about the chapters, and showed why they would be an asset to the UTC community.

A group of Phi Mu's sport their letters on their front porch

A group of Phi Mu's sport their letters on their front porch

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Ashley Baker, UTC Senior and Extension Committee member, said these meetings are important to the extension process so other members of the UTC community can have a voice in who will be chosen. “These women are the future of our campus.” Baker said. “We want to know what the leaders on our campus, and the rest of the community, think about each organization.”

Baker said one of the main things she is looking for in the potential group is to make sure they have the same values as UTC’s shared values. “Civic engagement, brotherhood and sisterhood, academic excellence, leadership development, and social responsibility are UTC’s shared values, and it is important for the new sorority to be able to embrace these values and really make them part of their own.”

The decision will be made by each sorority on campus voting. They will then take the information to the current sororities on campus and have them vote. The final decision will be made April 7. For more information on extension or Greek life, please contact Ashley Baker at

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