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New York Eta

New York University

Founding date: 1/31/2009

Installing Officer: 
Grand President Emily Russell Tarr, Texas Beta

Philanthropic Events:
Arrow Jam and Angels in the Outfield

Installation of New York Eta

The chapter was installed on January 31, 2009. The Initiation Ceremony took place at the Glucksman Ireland House, just off Washington Square in Greenwich Village. The installation banquet was held in Battery Park with a breathtaking view of the Statue of Liberty. Special guest speakers included New York Gamma Elinor Ruth Tatum, Publisher and Editor in Chief of the New York Amsterdam News, the oldest and largest black newspaper in New York City. She celebrated the diversity of the New York Eta charter class.

Living at New York Eta 

New York University Greek life lives in the penthouse of one of the residence halls on campus. It can change every year and can accommodate five to seven women. The current penthouse is home to five chapter members and has four bedrooms. Since the space is smaller, the house feels very cozy. Women who live in the house often cook and bake together, but also host chapter members for various activities throughout the year. Some activities include Cookie Shines, chapter book club meetings, crafting nights, movie nights and more. One recent event hosted by the Vice President of Housing was titled “Instagramify the House.” Chapter members and new members created a collage on one of the walls with magazine pages and text, and surrounded it with twinkling lights. The chapter hosts a book club called Phine Print. Each month a new book is announced and members gather in the house at the end of the month for a book discussion.

The charter hangs on the living room wall and New York Eta’s "Chapter of the Year" trophy sits on an end table. Since New York Eta is still a relatively young chapter, there are few traditional antiques; however, the chapter does own a highly treasured gift from an alumna. In 2011, chapter member Kathleen Merianocarved large wooden Pi Beta Phi Greek letters and painted them with Lilly Pulitzer prints for Bid Day. That Bid Day, and every Bid Day since, New York Eta has made use of the letters, showcasing them on Founders’ Day and at other events.

Panhellenic Groups on Campus

Alpha Epsilon Phi, Alpha Sigma Tau, Delta Gamma, Delta Phi Epsilon, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pi Beta Phi and Zeta Tau Alpha.

Philanthropic Service

In the fall, the chapter hosts Arrow Jam, the annual lip-sync competition, and in the spring it hosts Angels in the Outfield, a whiffle ball tournament. Both events are open to NYU Greek Life and other students.