On Saturday evening, loud music and cheers echoed off the walls of the numerous lodges on Greek Circle as sorority sisters danced, chanted and welcomed new members into their homes.
Bid Day, the final day of recruitment for the Greek Life community at Texas Tech, was completed. However, one chapter was notably absent from the Circle: Delta Delta Delta.
The members of the Tech chapter of Delta Delta Delta, or Tri Delta, were without a home on Bid Day as their lodge continued to undergo renovations. But the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, also known as PIKE, stepped in to share their home with Tri Delta for Recruitment week.
John Michael Lanham, a senior mechanical engineering major from Lubbock and the president of PIKE, said PIKE donated its chapter room for Tri Delta to utilize for Recruitment week.
“Most of the sororities around here are rebuilding their lodges,” Lanham said. “We just finished ours back in 2015, so I feel like now is the time for everyone to rebuild their lodges and to start new beginnings.”
Patel Meghana, a sophomore biology major from Lubbock and a member of Tri Delta, said their previous home on Greek Circle was built 45 years ago, and the home was getting too small for their growing sorority.
Because of this, Tri Delta would conduct chapter at Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration rather than their home, Meghana said.
“It was flustering sometimes being in a small chapter room with so many girls,” she said. “But I would say it went pretty smoothly. Our recruitment chair, Avery Martinez, did a great job keeping us calm and showing us what to do.”
Jacob Duncan, a junior environmental engineering major and recruitment chair for PIKE, said sharing their chapter room with Tri Delta did not interfere with their recruitment process. In fact, it made it better.
“Not having the chapter room to show until the last day gives the new guys something to look forward to,” Duncan said. “It also gives them a chance to show how the brothers and sisters work together.”
The absence of a chapter room motivated PIKE members to utilize what they already have to recruit better, Lanham said.
PIKE also lent their chapter room to the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority in 2015, Lanham said. Sharing their chapter room has helped them build strong relationships with the sororities.
“We want to show that we are the gentlemen of the Greek system,” Lanham said. “We want to help in any way that we can.”