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KAT installed on campus

By Brian Rosenberg

The Zeta Mu chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta was formally installed on Sunday, ending more than four months as a colony. The chapter's installation followed the initiation of 53 former KAT pledges on Saturday.

Two other pledges will be initiated today, said President Amy J. Weaver '92.

"Our grand council came to do the installation and charter service," said Theresa E. Fuentes '91, who served as president while the group was a colony. "It was one of the greatest ceremonies I've ever attended," she added.

Fuentes explained that the chapter could now vote at and fully participate in national meetings and conventions. "The main difference now," she said, "is that we are fully sisters."

The new sorority plans to

rush for new members between Feb. 14-24, Fuentes said. "We hope to gain between 15 and 20 pledges this spring," she said. "We have no real class preference [for our pledges]."

KAT will participate in the next Residence/Orientation Week in the same way as any other sorority, according to Fuentes. All KAT pledges go through an eight-week pledge period, she said.

KAT recently elected new officers, including Weaver, Chaplain Michelle L. Greene '93 and

Recording Secretary Shannon E. Mohr '93.

Fuentes and the other current officers will remain in their offices until Feb. 23 in order to carry the chapter through the busy time of rush, according to Kathy A. Peck '93, KAT rush recommendations chair.

Weaver explained that she and Fuentes are sharing the presidential duties until the 23rd. "[Fuentes] will run the meetings and handle rush, but I am representing us at Panhellenic Society meetings and several other things," she said.

Christina H. S. Kwon '92, president of Alpha Phi, said "I think it's great that there's another sorority on campus. It shows that women's interest in sororities is increasing."

Kwon added that increased competition among sororities for a mostly constant pool of incoming women "was always a concern, but it keeps you on your toes."

KAT was the nation's first Greek letter society for women. It is called a "women's fraternity" because the word "sorority" did not exist when it was created.