By William Thompson
Eastern New Mexico University’s Cross Campus ministry had fraternity and sorority students over for an evening of outdoor cooking and indoor video games Wednesday. Most of the guests were from sororities or female fraternities who said they were looking to make new friends.
Keeley Angel of Zeta Tau Alpha women’s fraternity was like most of the guests.
“We just wanted to meet some people who are Christian,” Angel said. “We are a Christian-based fraternity.”
Clinton Hill, a junior at ENMU is the treasurer of Cross Campus ministry which is affiliated with the United Church of Christ. He said the ministry wanted to reach out to college fraternities.
“Fraternities are always doing things for people, so we wanted to pay them back,” Hill said. “You wouldn’t see something like this (fraternities and other students socializing en masse) at a bigger school.”
Hill met “the love of his life,” Kelsey Jones, at a Cross Campus function.
“We met at a Cross Campus retreat in Ruidoso,” Jones said. “Tonight we are trying to open new doors of friendship. It gives the fraternity members the opportunity to come have fun in a different atmosphere than what they’re used to.”
Valerie Smith and Malia Rummell of Chi Omega sorority said their sorority is based on Christian morals but women of any religion are permitted to join. The two were joined by five other sorority members at the cookout and said more sorority members would show up later.
”I chose to come here because I wanted to meet new people,” Smith said. “I’ve always enjoyed going to different Christian activities.”
Brad Shuber and Joe Tovar of Sigma Alpha Epsilon were part of the few male fraternity members who showed up for the free hamburgers, hot dogs and the chance to meet about 20 or so females who attended the cookout. They said they were both Christian and open to becoming members of Cross Campus ministry if they found they liked it.
X-Box games were set up for anyone wanting to play after the cookout. Cross Campus members said they’d keep the building open until everybody got tired.
Cross Campus Ministries provides a free dinner to ENMU students every Friday at noon.