COLUMBIA — The 92 beds at MU's Kappa Delta sorority are empty during the summer, but the house was far from quiet Saturday when about 15 sisters returned to campus for marathon weekend.
During marathon weekend, sisters cleaned and decorated the house to get ready for recruitment week, happening this year from Aug. 17-24.
"Basically, it's a weekend where everyone can come back to school," Kappa Delta Vice President of Membership Becca Jones said. "It's nice 'cause we get to see each other. We haven't really seen each other all summer."
In the downstairs craft room, four sisters glued, painted and cut decorations as a Chris Brown song played in the background. On the ground floor, a few more sisters sifted through potential new members' recommendation letters in the leisure room while Kenny Chesney drawled from the flat screen TV nearby. A floor above them, Gabby O'Connor sat along the wall of a long orange hallway, covered with the portraits of past sisters.
"I'm making bows to decorate our bulletin boards," O'Connor said. "I'm part of the recruitment team. I had nothing else to do this weekend but make bows, of course," she said with a laugh.
Although the 17,827-square-foot house is largely vacant during the summer, its sisters stay busy with chapter duties even when not living there.
"No one actually lives in the house except mom Marit (Vogelsong)," Jones said. "I come by the house almost every day to pick up mail. We have letters of recommendation sent for potential new members, so I come in and check the mail every day and get those."
Sarah Nussbaum agreed. "I'm the treasurer, so my job never ends," she said.
Nussbaum ensures that members are paying dues, organizes payment plans and creates and maintains a house budget.
Althought it's almost two months away, the sisters have already written and are practicing a skit that will debut during recruitment week. The skit introduces the core values and characteristics of Kappa Delta in an engaging way.
During recruitment week, potential new members undergo four rounds of evaluation and ranking — open house day, sisterhood day, philanthropy day and preference day — before bid day, when chapters offer invitations to their top candidates for a new pledge class.
"It's like the Christmas of the Greeks," Jones said.
To learn more about Panhellenic Recruitment, visit the MU Greek Life website at greeklife.missouri.edu.