College Lifestyles interviewed Samantha Vulpis, Panhellenic President at Binghamton University. Vulpis is a 21 years old senior with a dual degree in Finance and Political Science. Even with her busy schedule, Vulpis is dedicated to her position as Panhel President. As a sorority member myself, I can say Vulpis does an excellent job; she is the perfect classy co-ed to have at the top of Panhel.
College Lifestyles: What sorority are you from? Tell us a little about it.
Samantha Vulpis: I am a member of Delta Phi Epsilon. We are a diverse group of girls who simply enjoy being around each other, and though many of us have interests that are completely different, it is what makes us such a strong group. Being a member of Delta Phi Epsilon helps you to be stronger in every aspect because there are always people who have your back on the things you may not be the best at.
CL: What does Panhel do for your Greek community, campus, school, and student body?
SV: Panhel is an organization that goes above and beyond in every aspect. In addition to the individual chapters holding their own community service and philanthropy events. Panhel, as a united organization, makes a consistent effort to hold at least one of its own events every semester. This past year alone, Panhel has raised thousands of dollars for the local Boys and Girls Club and the B+ Foundation. Both of the organizations we chose to donate to directly benefit children, for the reason that we feel this is where we can make the biggest difference in our community. Not only does Panhel help the community, but also the organization exceeds the norm for on campus participation in other organizations and clubs, as well as holds a cumulative GPA that is higher than any other organization on this campus; and I really think that says something about who we really are.
CL: Give us an example of a day for you.
SV: A day as Panhel president can be chaotic at times. There are days where I could go to five different meetings; seeing people from the workers at Sodexo, to our adviser, all the way up to Harvey Stenger, President of Binghamton University. Sometimes it’s hard to put your heart into something just to have people consistently place Panhellenic girls into a stereotype you know they’re not. However, as time passes I learned to shake those people off because anyone who actually knows the organization and the facts would disagree with the stereotypes in a heartbeat.
CL: What upcoming events or activities do you have planned?
SV: The Panhellenic Council has most recently completed their Bown-A-Thon philanthropy event for the B+ foundation, benefiting children in the local area who are currently suffering with pediatric cancer. In the near future, we are tabling at Relay For Life and selling chocolate lollipops to benefit the American Cancer Society; where we hope to be named as the top on site fundraising team for another consecutive year. In addition, we have a Girls Night In planned, which has the purpose of better uniting the organization across the different chapters.
CL: How can a Greek be involved with Panhel?
SV: For someone not involved in Panhel, it’s an obscure concept. Everyone knows it’s there but no one knows exactly what we do. Panhellenic is in charge of governing all of the chapters within the council, as well as working with the other councils to constantly improve Greek life. To be involved in Panhel, most, but not all, chapter members start out as being the Panhel Representative for their sorority. From attending weekly meetings, that girl slowly learns more and more about what we really do. Most fall in love with the unity found in the organization and their ability to make a difference, I know I did.
CL: Why do you love Panhel?
SV: I have been on Panhel ever since I became a member of my organization. I started out as a Representative, then became Recruitment Chair, and finally President. I fell in love immediately when I saw how close the girls really were with members of other chapters. You don’t see that sort of unity anywhere else. In addition, the ability to make a difference really moved me. I love being able to prove to people why we are not the stereotype everyone pegs us to be.
CL: How can students become part of Greek life? When is recruitment/rush and how can they sign up?
SV: Recruitment events occur all year long, we are constantly trying to find girls who think just like us; ones who care about going above and beyond in all aspects. In the beginning of each semester, there is a link that gets released for girls to register for recruitment for that semester. They can then follow that link or come up to the Panhellenic girls who are tabling in every dining hall in the two weeks preceding recruitment each semester.
As a sorority member, I have seen Vulpis in action. The sororities all work together to make Panhel as great as it can be and Vulpis is at the head of it all. She does a great job of uniting the sororities and bringing us all together for a great overall Panhel experience. Kudos to Vulpis!
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