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Students in greek life offer advice for moving into a greek house

Students sit outside of Phi Mu sorority house Saturday evening. Phi Mu was nationally founded in 1852.
Students sit outside of Phi Mu sorority house Saturday evening. Phi Mu was nationally founded in 1852.

Greek life is popular at IU, but often there are many questions about living in the houses, whether you are a parent of a freshman looking to rush or a sophomore preparing to move into a house. The IDS talked to students who have gone greek to get you the inside scoop.

Luke Brechner, a junior and a member of Beta Sigma Psi, said that the best part about living in the house is living with your best friends.Their house, located on North Jordan Avenue, has four people per room. Brechner said he prefers this over cold dorms, which is when people share day rooms with a few roommates but large amounts of people sleep in large rooms filled with only bunk beds. 

It does tend to be louder, which is inevitable with 68 men living in a house, Brechner said. Finding a quiet place to study can be hard, but there are designated rooms for homework. The house prioritizes good grades and Brechner said there are enforced study hours depending on the student’s GPA. 

Brechner said that there is no shortage of food prepared by the house chef and meals are normally served in buffet style. He suggested bringing a refrigerator and desk for studying when furnishing a room. However, it’s smart to ask older members what the house provides for its residents because houses vary in what a student must bring.  

Hannah Fritz and Mia Long, sophomores in Alpha Omicron Pi, both said living in their house on the extension of North Jordan Avenue is always exciting.

Fritz said that from the moment you wake up till the time you go to bed is essentially a social gathering, so learning to prioritize time is important.

AOII has three levels for living and a basement. There are anywhere from two to six girls living in a room together and communal style bathrooms.

The house is cleaned throughout the week and Fritz said the women have a few simple chores to help keep the house clean. Fritz said she appreciated the diversity of food made by the house chef and said he posts future meals on an app, which is helpful. 

Long encourages girls to take the chance to join a sorority because there is no other time you will be able to live with 100 of your closest friends. 

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