Rush week is a huge deal at Samford because almost one third of the population consists of Greek members. Thankfully, hazing is not allowed, so pledgers can feel safe as they look for a family to join, especially the male recruits. Fraternities and sororities have several dances and get-togethers throughout each semester, which are fun for members and worth the time and money. Social networks are easily formed and activities fill up calendars.
Independents are not ostracized at all by Greeks, so it is not uncommon to see Greeks and non-Greeks eating together and socializing. Furthermore, sisters and brothers of Greek life often invite independents as their dates to formals and semi-formals, enabling non-Greeks to get a taste of what Greek life is like. The Greek Olympics bring Greeks out on the Quad to compete against each other in messy and fun games, entertaining independent bystanders. Team spirit is kindled and members proudly show off their sorority or fraternity T-shirts and pins.