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Thalians join Alpha Chi Omega; sorority forms colony at MIT

The Alpha Chi Omega national sorority formed a colony at MIT on November 26. The colony will become the second Panhellenic Conference sorority at the Institute.

Last summer, a group of about 28 women calling themselves the Thalians told Mark Ertel, advisor to fraternities and independent living groups, that they wanted to join a national sorority.

The Thalians examined the 26 sororities in the National Panhellenic Conference over the summer, finally selecting four which matched their interests.

The group chose to affiliate with Alpha Chi Omega late last November after its national representatives gave a formal presentation.

The Thalians chose Alpha Chi Omega for a variety of reasons, according to Sandy Nett, the group's advisor. The women enjoyed the presentation, the people were friendly and supportive, and the values presented by the representatives were the same as those of the Thalians, Nett said. The freedom that the chapter would have under Alpha Chi Omega was especially appealing to the Thalians.

The Thalians' work is far from finished, Ertel said. Now that they are an official colony, they will need outside help from Alpha Chi Omega alumnae of other schools living in the Boston area. In addition, a national representative will come in February to help out with any other roblems they might encounter.

After an eight-week colonization period starting in February, the Thalians will be initiated as full members of Alpha Chi Omega.

The selection process took only three months because of lessons learned from the selection experience of Alpha Phi, the first Panhellenic sorority to establish an MIT chapter, Ertel said.

The new sorority is unlikely to find a house of its own in the foreseeable future, Ertel noted. Alpha Phi, which has been searching unsuccessfully for a house since its formation two years ago, has priority.

Officers of Alpha Chi Omega could not be reached for comment.