HSU Panhellenic Bid Day held virtually

Julia Young

Events on Henderson State University’s campus look a little different this year. Panhellenic Bid Day, which is normally held on the campus quad, took place virtually on Saturday, Sept. 5.

In lieu of a traditional meeting, everyone joined together on a Zoom call. Current members kept their cameras off — in place their profile pictures showing off a logo of their sorority. When it was time for the big reveals, prospective members were let into the call in small groups of five or six. They opened cards to see who they got a bid from and were welcomed into the group by current members who turned their microphones and cameras on. 

Elizabeth Adair, junior Vice President of Community Relations and Director of Philanthropy for Alpha Sigma Tau, promises that despite the less than usual circumstances, it was a success.

“It was definitely different, but you could still feel all the excitement!” Adair said

Like a lot of big events in 2020, the original plan was to meet in person while wearing masks and social distancing. In an effort to maintain the safety of the students, though, sororities ultimately made the decision to move it online.

“I know a lot of people in lower classes are really feeling like they’ve lost a lot of the college experience,” Adair said. “But I think as long as we keep maintaining the safety and abiding by guidelines we can get through it and hopefully have a more normal spring.”

To ensure that the class of 2024 gets to experience as much as possible, it was important for this event to go smoothly. Beyond that, it was important that this event feel just as special for incoming members as it did for others in the past.

“Bid day is always like a symbol for new beginnings,” Adair said. “My bid day was the day I ran home to the organization that made me feel more at home than ever before, and every bid day after I have gotten to meet new girls who feel the same way! It’s like growing our family every year, and it’s easily our favorite day!”