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Tenth national sorority joins campus, begins recruitment

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Published: Friday, September 16, 2011

Updated: Friday, September 16, 2011 01:09


The University of Rhode Island Panhellenic Council unanimously voted last semester to add a new national sorority to campus this October, absorbing the local sorority Gamma Xi Delta (GXiD) in the process.

The new sorority will be URI's tenth, following an announcement that the Beta Upsilon chapter of Alpha Xi Delta (AXiD) will replace GXiD at the local organization's request.  National Contact for Alpha Xi Delta Nicole Valdes said the move came as a response to GXiD's desire for more national support.

She said that because GXiD was a local sorority, they lacked the support and privileges that many national sororities have, a product of the affiliation they have with alumni and national organizations.  Being absorbed by a national sorority with 110 collegiate chapters and four colonies nationwide, however, the new 23-member sorority members will receive a number of new benefits.

"We're not about making numbers, though," Valdes said of how many new members the national sorority will acquire.  "We're about making success…we're dedicated to our members."

Twenty-three former GXiD members have become AXiD new members and Valdes said the recruitment goal for this academic year is 105.  With this number, she said, they will be able to function as a chapter similar to that of other sororities on campus.  They will become "active" and begin to build a new sisterhood.

To reach this ideal and gain members, Valdes said URI can expect a number of upcoming events hosted by AXiD, including a philanthropy fundraiser for Autism Speaks, an organization that focuses on Autism awareness and research.  In addition, recruitment events will take place at the beginning of October.

Though AXiD will not be known as a national chapter until next February, Valdes, who is currently based at URI to help with the colonization process, said the development should be exciting for new AXiD members.

"It's exciting for those [women] because they'll be able to set the standards and traditions for this chapter at URI and will be forever known as the founding sisters," she said.  "We want to [inspire] women to realize their potential and become successful and contributing citizens for the future."

By potential, Valdes was referring to the leadership opportunities, social interactions, and support system that will hone the sisters' skills for the real world.

"We have a program geared toward excelling academically and [socially]," she said.

AXiD was founded nationally in 1893 at Lombard College in Galesburg, Ill., and is being recolonized at URI this semester.  Prior to this, AXiD was installed at URI in 1948 where it remained active until 2004. New members of AXiD will be housed in the housing Phi Sigma Sigma is currently leasing, on 12 Fraternity Circle.

Students interested in becoming a part of this sorority are encouraged to meet the sorority on Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Alumni Center. Recruitment events for AXiD will take place on Oct. 4 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Atrium II of the Memorial Union.  For more information, visit the AXiD website at

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