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Three components led to the new sorority recruitment process

The University of Kentucky made changes to the sorority recruitment process this year and, as a result, many female students won’t be able to attend the football team’s first game.

Instead of having all of recruitment finished by the start of the school year, the process now ends on September 4th. The second round of Primary Recruitment, Philanthropy Day, will be held on Friday, August 31st and Saturday, September 1st, affecting student attendance at the first football of the season.

Not only will freshmen participating in recruitment miss Kentucky’s first football game, all upperclass sorority members who are participating in recruitment will as well.

University of Kentucky spokesperson Jay Blanton said the decision to move recruitment came down to three components:

  • UK wanted to give all students the opportunity to move in at the same time
    • Previously, students going through recruitment moved into the dorms a week earlier
  • The new process allows more students to participate in K Week events
    • K Week was held August 17-21
  • The new process was a part of an overall redesign of the first-year experience

“That was a lot of the reason we moved the recruitment back, was thinking about how to get students more involved, foster more of a sense of camaraderie, allowing more students to participate in that,” Blanton said.

“We know how big a deal athletics is and being a powerful avenue for building community, fostering belonging.”

Blanton says the new process is not perfect, specifically speaking on the student attendance issue.

“I think that’s just the kind of thing we’re just going to have to work through and think about. Not at all trying to say it’s perfect and that we’re gonna get it right the first year out, that we’ve gotten everything right or everything’s flawless. We want to work through that because we don’t want to compromise student attendance at games. We want students to attend games.”

The decision to move recruitment was not made lightly. It was made by the University with the advisement of members of student academic life who are part of the redesign of the first-year experience. The process also included information sessions with current members and alums of Kentucky’s Panhellenic. 

The University looked at peer institutions to see how they handled recruitment, specifically naming Ole Miss. 

“None of the processes are ever perfect and we are going to continue to work with athletics on how we maximize student attendance at games,” Blanton said. “I think everyone wants as high of student attendance at games as we can get.”

And we can all agree on that.


Article written by Kindsey Bernhard

Lover of dogs, sports and beer. @kindseybernhard

13 Comments for Three components led to the new sorority recruitment process

  1. N-UR-i
    9:34 pm August 27, 2018 Permalink


  2. jahanc2uky
    9:50 pm August 27, 2018 Permalink

    While one would think this will lead to a smaller attendance to the 1st home game, I am interested to see if male attendance and participation is greater. It may become a great tradition for the male student body to gather together for a Saturdays is for the boys event. If this occurs, does KSR have to eat it?

    • bigblue98
      9:59 pm August 27, 2018 Permalink

      Would hope you’re right, but something tells me they won’t be there. With females gone they’re liable to go to lake or get out of town for Labor Day weekend.

  3. UKFootballYall
    9:53 pm August 27, 2018 Permalink

    This has to be one of the dumbest decisions ever. With 20,000 tickets available wouldn’t you want an extra 3,000 students at the game? Oh, and this is the first game for probably 1500+ freshmen….which they will not be attending now. Hopefully the genius responsible for this isn’t allowed to reschedule finals so they all happen during the bowl game.

  4. bigbluejon
    9:58 pm August 27, 2018 Permalink

    Soooooo. ….It’s stupid, and they’re still doing it. Gotcha

  5. Alex90
    10:10 pm August 27, 2018 Permalink

    Here’s a crazy idea, why don’t they just do both? Game isn’t until 3:30 in the afternoon so they could do what they need to before and after the game. Maybe even allow these students to get in free for their efforts on campus

  6. browdown
    10:36 pm August 27, 2018 Permalink

    I’m gonna have to call bs on this one. The biggest reason for the change in recruitment is to reduce the amount of off campus parties during fraternity rush week. If UK would take responsibility for their students’ safety and allow parties to take place in controlled environments, such as fraternity houses, the nightlife at UK would be much safer. Maybe even start with kegs and wine first but something needs to change.

  7. BluKudzu
    6:00 am August 28, 2018 Permalink

    Stadium will look empty on opening day. UK is being no help. Whatever.
    If the fans saw this program worthy of a labor day weekend event, which obviously 1/3 of the stadium being empty proves to everyone they don’t, 1500 seats from students would have been sold to the public. No problem.
    Wins and losses do not get coaches fired, empty seats do.
    Hoping this game is an anomaly for the season as far as crowds go.
    I hate to think what the next home attendance might be if UK should start 0-2.
    It is not going to happen.
    Go Cats.

  8. bradinmississippi
    6:51 am August 28, 2018 Permalink

    I can guarantee this is nothing like the Ole Miss recruitment model. Ole Miss does everything to maximize student attendance. The grove is packed and at least for the first half the student section is full. They would never hold an event during a football game. Recruitment is always delayed until October to give students time to acclimate to college life and for the sororities time to observe potential candidates

  9. PillsburyThrowboy
    8:23 am August 28, 2018 Permalink

    Just get rid of Greek life and the problems will be solved.

  10. jondrums
    9:34 am August 28, 2018 Permalink

    None of these reasons address why they chose to do this during the first home game. they could have accomplished all of those goals while not preventing an entire massive section of the student fan base from missing the home. This, along with what I’ve heard about the state of tailgating, makes me a bummed alum.

  11. UK92
    9:48 am August 28, 2018 Permalink

    I agree with the person that said this is about reducing off campus parties. I have a child in a fraternity and not only do they push all parties off campus, but constantly look to cite the kids on game days. While I read a bit of logic in boosting attendance at K week, there’s so many reasons why this is bad beyond the football game. You’re now asking both the sororities and the girls going through recruitment to attend class and hold these functions. Recruitment was exhausting when I was a part of it. I can’t imagine adding classes on top of it. And, without the girls at the game, I imagine the guys won’t bother. Not to mention the games are HUGE social events and they just took one off the calendar for them. Total bummer.

  12. tennessee01
    7:10 pm August 28, 2018 Permalink

    Why are only sororities affected? Does anyone else find this sexist?