Emily Lampi had heard the rumors of sorority recruitment at the University of Florida.
Last year, it rained the entire week in Gainesville, Florida. Lampi, now a freshman at the school, heard stories about women sprinting from house to house in an effort to stay dry. In 2018, it was so hot, makeup melted and women carried handheld fans.
But this year, the 18-year-old didn't have to face anything like that. She'd be participating in rush — another term for sorority and fraternity recruitment — from her air-conditioned dorm room on campus.
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the University of Florida's Panhellenic Council, which oversees 18 sororities, decided to host recruitment fully online.