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TRENZA Times Halloween Edition: October 2013

Inside this Issue Fall Retreat Tailgate with the Gammas UCLA Road Trip TRENZA Birthday Sake Bombing Breast Cancer Walk Last Minute Halloween Hacks Shoutouts Awards

Happy Halloween, Trenzud@s!

As October comes to a close, we just wanted to thank you for a great Fall semester so far! This month was jam-packed with events and we have felt so fortunate to have the privilege of documenting all the fun! We can’t wait for the rest of the semester and we wish you a fantastic Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos! Much TRENZA Love, Your Co-Historians Alejandra and Jissel

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A camping trip full of bonding, laughter, and melty s’mores!

Fall Retreat From Trenzuda Veronica Abad:

"As a freshman and it being my first year in TRENZA, the Fall Retreat was an amazing opportunity for me to meet all the girls and get to know TRENZA even better. I had so much fun and am thankful that I found a group of women, friends and sisters that I can make great memories with. Sharing stories, hiking, eating, making s'mores, and just bonding made me want to be part of TRENZA even more. Yay TRENZA!"


with Berkeley Gammas Rocio Hernandez

You all know football can't be the same without some good old tailgating!!! On October fifth we had a fun tailgate with the brothers of Gamma Zeta Alpha. The grill was going and the music was popping. There was some good, juicy carne asada and delicious jungle juice. Trenzud@s faced Alumni at a game of flip cup and showed them how it's done. It super was fun seeing all of my girls there, new and old. I'm excited for our upcoming tailgate in November!! I'll see you all there and yall better be ready for some competitive flip cup games.

ALly Galarte

The tailgate with the Gammas was so much fun! It was my first college tailgate, which makes it even more memorable. It was great to see everyone come together to show school spirit! The Carne asada and rice was on point and you know the games are always fun! After the tailgate, Alejandra and I went to the game! Thanks for coming with me Ale! Glad we could have that bonding moment! Love you!

UCLA Roadtrip VS

From “Even though I am a Senior, this year was my first Trenzuda year going on ROADTRIPPP and it was definitely Mayra a crazy memorable experience! I was one of the Cabral: drivers in my car along with my co-pilot Carissa. “I love this It was my first time driving for such a long disRoad trip!! tance and my first time ever in LA! There was never a dull moment with the #rowdyratchets in Even if Berkemy car (haha “That Drake album tho!”). On Friday ley didn't beat night, the UCLA Gammas were super nice when UCLA this time, spending it with my we partied at their place. We killed them at flip beautiful Trenzudas was better than cup of course! I think the most memorable part anything, best LA ROAD TRIP!! of the night for me was when the song “Tragos Amargos” came on and all the Trenzudas and Shout out to the amazing Wrecking Gammas, Bears and Bruins, joined together in a CHODES woot woot!!!” circle singing our hearts out. Too cute. I absolutely "TONIGHT, WE ARE YOUNG" had such a fun time!” From Trenzuda Jessica Martinez:

From Trenzuda Jakki Castorena:

This weekend was an amazing weekend filled with many firsts for me. It was my first road trip and I wasn’t sure what to expect. The actual trip was super cool and I had a lot of fun with my TU Girls! but as soon as we arrived in the UCLA area everything hit me when I got a call from my mom. I told her that I was in LA, but since the entire trip was kind of spontaneous because I thought I was still on the waitlist, I then saw I was totally out of my element. It wasn’t Berkeley and although I was with my Trenzudas I was in a car full of girls I didn’t know very well. When we arrived at the Gamma party everything was different from what I imagined. The fact that it was a sort of intimate party between the UCLA Gammas and Trenza was really comforting and really welcoming. It was a huge surprise when we walked in and I saw a friend that I hadn’t seen in three years and another friend from back home. It was a really weird experience to see both of them there, without it being planned and in a place totally different from where we met. Once I got over the initial awkwardness, I got really into interacting with people after Monica had me play a game I hadn’t even heard of. After the first game, which made Monica drink a lot in my stead (sorry!), I got really into it and played a couple of games of beer pong, more of the stack cup thing and flip cup. It was super fun and it was actually the first time I had ever drank more than a sip. This night was super fun, I got to learn some really fun drinking games, drank a lot (for me) for the first time, and met a lot of the Gammas, who were amazingly inviting and cool guys! (not to mention a lot of them were very attractive ) I loved the atmosphere of the entire Friday evening and I can’t wait for the next road trip, hopefully it’s just as great as this one was.


You know it, You tell the story, You tell the whole Damn world....

This is bear territory

Arcy Magaña

Hello TRENZUD@S!!! Alumni here, wanting to share a piece on the SoCal Tailgate J First, let me just say, that going to TRENZA events as an alum is AWESOME! Yet another incentive to get that degree! Y’all have no idea how good it felt to see my TRENZUD@s again! I really missed y’all! So, needless to say, I HAD A BLAST! I met some new TRENZUD@s, shout out to Allyson, played some flip cup, a little bit of Gaucho Ball, saw some Cal football (didn’t’ stay for the whole thing though, it was getting a little pathetic by midway through the 3rd quarter lol), and best of all, I got to see my girls, well, at least some of them (y’all know who you are!)! For a good minute I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make it. I had an assignment draft due on Sunday and since I’m a perfectionist, it didn’t matter that it was an ungraded draft, I was still stressin’. But I told myself, “NO!” Did as much work as I could the week leading up to the tail gate, stayed up till 3 am every day, because there was no way I was going to miss a chance to see my TRENZUD@s with them being so close to me. It was all worth it. An awkward incident with some boys aside, I had a really great time (Good work Griselda); there was great food, great music (most of the time hah), and great company. So glad I went!

Mia Carbajal

I will always remember the UCLA Tailgate as one of my favorite TRENZA memories. Everything about the trip was crazy! I had so much fun on the way down to L.A. and shared so many laughs with Carissa, Betty, and Jessica. Our car would not stop with the jokes! Spending brunch with Trenzudas and getting to know the alumni was also really memorable. Overall, the Tailgate was AWESOME!!! I had a blast from beginning to end.

Jackie Mercado

Before I begin to talk about the tailgate, I'll introduce myself. My name is Jackie, I'm from class of 2012, and I like long walks on the beach. (Actually I did that this past summer and I think I rather just go in the water!) Anyway, the tailgate was awesome! I got to see lots of familiar faces and new faces. Being with my trenzudas made me feel like home, and playing flip cup was just awesome. Of course we won, then we lost but I won't tell why- she knows who she is juuuuust kidding. I cant tell you the food was great but I got there late so I wouldn't know. The jungle juice was good though and the gammas who we interacted with was cool! It was a indescribable feeling to see the younger generations of TRENZA partake in something I just did a few years ago but seems like forever ago. I'm glad this organization continues to grow and if any of you ever need anything I'll be here!

Santa Monica Pier A beautiful night with beautiful company

Lupe Martinez

ROADTRIP was super F U N, but one of my favorite parts was spending time with everyone at the Santa Monica Pier<3 Although we were all super tired from the activities of the day, we got to bond and enjoy the scenery! I want to thank everyone who went, especially the Wrecking Chodes!!, who made this such a special and beautiful night! :)

Adriana Cardenas

I have never been to the Santa Monica Pier. I am glad I got to share my first experience going there with my lovely TRENZUDAS. It was amazing. With the little time we had there, we still made the best of it!

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HEY TRENZUD@S! Monica here :) This year so far has been the best!!!! 5th year woooo I joined TRENZA as a second semester sophomore, but didn't really feel the TRENZA love until my junior year, so it warms my heart to see so many second and third years join for the first time!!!! It is never too late to join our amazing sisterhood! So naturally, TRENZA birthday was burning brightly with tons of TRENZA love!!!!! It was great to see alumni and new comers mingle and get to know each other--especially over delicious home-cooked meals! My favorite part of TRENZA will always be our inner socials and our last teen year did not disappoint! Hopefully I can attend our 20th as a UC Berkeley alum :)

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It was great celebrating TRENZA's 19th Birthday with my lovely Trenzudas! The food was amazing and I loved seeing our alumni! I am so thankful an org like this exist on our campus. It has allowed me to meet such awesome womyn and make great memories with them! Cal would not be the same without TRENZA!

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TRENZA Birthday! Everyone has a reason to celebrate another year of TRENZA! I loved taking part in this year’s birthday celebration because it gave me the opportunity to meet TRENZA’s newest members and catch up with returning ones. Every time I walk into a room full of trenzud@s, I am reminded of why this space holds such a special place in my heart. It’s a space where you feel instantly welcomed and empowered. This time was no different. Our birthday was full of warm smiles, yummy food, and great laughs. As an alum, I look forward to these events because they give me the opportunity to mingle with the students and recount on the glory days (yep, college is the BEST time in yo life—Don’t waste it!). Cheers to many more birthday celebrations!

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TRENZA got together on October 10th to celebrate 19 years of sisterhood. As an alumna I miss attending TRENZA Thursdays so of course I was not going to miss out on attending one especially if it was celebrating TRENZA’s birthday. Walking into the Rochdale common room the first couple things I noticed was how the 1st years during my Co-Chair year were now seniors and how many new faces were in the room getting together to celebrate. As we got in our tables, I was able to meet some of the newer trenzudas and hear all about their excitement for road trip. There was plenty of food for everyone to break bread together. And of course we all sang Happy Birthday to an organization that has provided us a safe space through our journey at CAL. At the end of the meeting, we ended with a closing circle as most of us expressed our appreciation to TRENZA. Coming back to celebrate this occasion makes me appreciate TRENZA even more than I do now. Every year TRENZA gets a new generation of womyn but one thing is still evident that the feeling of what it is to be part of TRENZA has not changed. That feeling of knowing you have a group of girls that have your back through the good and the bad. The reassurance that you’re not alone during your struggles as an undergrad at CAL. That smile that you know the weekend will be full of fun and adventures with your trenzudas. But most of all that certainty of knowing TRENZA has introduced you to your best friends for here on out. So much love to TRENZA for turning 19 and all the years to come. -Melissa (Meli) Mendez , Alumna, Class of 2011

Sake Bombing with Hermanos Unidos olivia ruiz

Sake bombing was my first official event with TRENZA and I must say I LOVED IT! Hanging out with these girls and the guys from Hermanos Unidos really gave a great ending to my stressful week and all that school work. I felt good vibes from everyone during the event, and had many laughs here and there, meaning I just extended my life span that night! After that, we had the after party at Rochdale which was great as well because I got the opportunity to enjoy more time with my TRENZudas. I hope to have many more nights like this with my girls, and just times in general!

carissa garcia

Sake Bombing 2013 was one for the books! I can't believe it was the 10th anniversary this year. 10 years of crazy memorable nights with Hermanos Unidos! I had a blast and hope everyone who attended did too

monica moncada

YAY! Last SAKE BOMB!!!! It was awesome to see fellow fifth years--Ashley (we owe you glow in the dark shades!), Blanca, and Rocio--, new & current members and even one TRENZA alumna (Steph) at this year's event!!!! So many positive vibes even before the sake dropped! And once they dropped, the environment remained safe and fun (although we all probably knocked out before midnight!!!!). Ten years of this awesome tradition with HU and hope to hear it go on for another ten!

Ichi, ni, San,

Sake, Sake, Bomb!

Mujeres de Cal Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Early Saturday morning, the lovely ladies of Hermanas Unidas de UC Berkeley, Omega Phi Beta, and TRENZA arrived at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and got ready to walk the walk for a great cause. But even before this single event, they collaborated and worked together to raise over 1,500 towards cancer research! They sold bracelets and pins all throughout October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and supported the cause by wearing pink on Wednesdays. Thank you ladies for all your hard work!

The Meeting with Hermanas Unidas and Omega Phi Beta

Breast Cancer Walk

L ast Minute Halloween Hacks

Easy Halloween Dessert Halloween Candy Corn Cocktail Witch Hat Cookie Ingredients: Hershey’s kisses, striped fudge cookies, and orange icing Easy Peasy Instructions: Turn the fudge cookies over, apply icing around the edge of the center hole, and place the kiss on top. Let cool and enjoy!

Quick DIY Costumes Roy Lichenstein Character: some polka dots and a cardboard speech bubble and you’re good to go!

For those of you over 21, here’s a yummy drink to try! Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka, 3 oz Sour Mix, 2 oz Pineapple Juice, 1/2 oz Grenadine, Whipped cream Instructions: Combine Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka, Sour Mix and Pineapple Juice in a shaker with ice, shake away Pour mix into a martini glass Slowly pour Grenadine into mix so it settles at the bottom Top with whip cream

Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange: A white long sleeve, suspenders, a bowler hat, and eyeliner are all you need Waldo: All you to dress up as one of lit’s need is a stripey most famous badboys. red shirt, a Audrey Hepburn in matching hat, Breakfast at Tiffany’s: and some big Get classy in a sleek black fake glasses! dress, a tiara, some pearls, black gloves, and a pretty bun!

SHOUTOUTS From Trenzuda Sara Ochoa:

Shout out to Stephany and Jessica when they rinsed avocado out of my hair after our Spa Day meeting in a sink bathroom in Barrows. My hair was so luscious afterwards that every time I touched my hair it felt like I was petting a kitten or something equally cute. Shout out to Tania for keeping me sane during this semester because Bio1A is trying to eat my soul for dinner. Shout out to Stacy for always opening the door for me and making me feel so welcome in your apartment! And shout out to the futon for holding me and never letting go when it gets super frightening when the window sills shake in their apartment when I spend the Shout out to Jissel for making me feel the love when I was feeling down c:

From Trenzuda Araceli Alcibar:

Shout out to Juana for encouraging to go to the meetings with her!(: and she made me feel comfortable wearing tights instead of jeans(: At first I wasn't really sure what to expect but you girls made me feel welcome at the meetings and events. You girls are some of the nicest people I've met at Cal! I'm really happy to be part of this organization! I really feel trenza embodies the three pillars it stands for!(:

From Trenzuda Alejandra Reynoso: Shoutout to all my steering! I love you all so much and you teach me something new ever� day! THANK YOU for all your hard work and for being so freaking g�eat! Another shoutout to all of our members! It really means a lot that you come out to TRENZA events and I just want you to know that I appreciate and love each and ever� one of you!


My bestie Ana ~ I love you more than words can explain! You are such an amazing, strong, and beautiful muxer! We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot. - Eleanor Roosevelt Mónica!! Thank you for all the encouragement muxer! It seems like you always know when things are getting tough for me because your messages and texts ALWAYS have such good timing! Love and miss you very much! And if I were there, I would totally help you with the vulva costume! Keep doing you my bad ass friend :) Blanca C-H ~ I need a girls day. I need a margarita night. I need a Pura repeat ;) hahah jk, but only kinda. I need some of that Moscato that is OH so yummy. Most of all, I need my ride or die girl! I miss you!!!! :’) Sara O ~ I miss you! <3 Vicky and Jazmin ~ you two are doing such an amazing job and I am so proud! Keep it up ladies! My seniors ~ I can’t stress it enough, ENJOY YOUR LAST YEAR! As I am sure you have noticed when you go back to your communities in the breaks, the world is NOT like Berkeley. It won’t hit you until you’re fully out of the Berkeley bubble, but trust, Berkeley is paradise compared to post-grad life. So live it up! ALL of my TRENZUD@s – just because I’m not there, doesn’t mean I’m not accessible J Ask any one of the older members and they will tell you, I had a finger in just about everything Raza related (and some non-Raza related things) on campus and in the Berkeley community. USE ME AS A RESOURCE! What good is having all this knowledge without being able to share it? I may be a lawyer in training, but I promise I won’t bite you. So, add me on fb or email me, I would LOVE to get to know all of you, if at the very least, via internet (Arcy Magaña or!

Monica Moncada

SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE NEW BABIES! Makes me so happy to see new faces and more love added to our sisterhood You will all continue the legacy we have established on campus and can't wait to see what the rest of my fifth year brings! -Monica Moncada

Jessica Rodriguez

Shoutout: To Juana, I am so glad to have gotten to know you better these past few weeks. You are so sincere and such a good friend! Keep pushing forward and doing you. Nothing can stop you Love, your insanity partner To the ladies of apartment 302, thank you for keeping me grounded and making our apartment feel like home

Ally Galarte

I would like to give a shout out to Everyone who made the October events possible, this month was AMAZING! I would also like to give a shout out to my Berkeley Mamas && to Diana for being my concert buddy! Thanks for being apart of the best day of my life! Love you all!


Rocio Hernandez

To my lovely fifth years Monica, Ashley, and Blanca, love ya all to death!! Fall semester would not have been the same without yall! Woo to the rest of this semester To Ally and Johanna who are always down to come out and hang out with us viejas. Much love to you ladies To the cuties Veronica and Diana who always have a smile on their face! And to our churro story of the night To my San Diego babies Mayra, Lisa, and Erika who are gonna make me carne asada fries lol To 2013-2014 TRENZA Steering, thank you for all the work you ladies do. Keep up the great work Lots of love, RocĂ­o Hernandez

Lupe Martinez

Shout out to all the TRENZA Seniors putting in work for our upcoming events! I'm really excited t to get to know each and every one of you better!!:D Shout out to my roomie, Leslie, for being such a beautiful friend<3 Shout out to the WRECKING CHODES!! Mayra, Lisa, Ally, and Jissel! "I came in like a Wreckiiiiiiing Baaaaalll"!!:P Shout out to Gris for helping me set up for tabling every Thursday!:) Shout out to my contacts Raquel, Vicky, Jissel, and Alejandra for putting in work this semester! I see you;) Shout out to Blanca, I'm sorry I'm such a grandma and never have time to hang out:'( But just know that I miss you<3 Shout out to Veronica and Ally for sending me Snapchats of your beautiful faces!>.< lol

Gricela Mendez Zarco

Shout-out to mah SENIOOOORS!! If you want to cry about it, hit me up, 'cause I pretty much cry myself to sleep at night reminiscing and being excited & scared for the future. lol Top 5 Regrets of the Dying "I drive myself crazy sometimes wondering if my life is how it should be. Am I who I want to be? Am I spending my time & money wisely? Am I living my youth to the fullest? I am terrified of time and the fact that it slows down for no one and nothing. So I went to the internet for some advice, and I stumbled upon an article from the Huffington Post titled "The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying." Sounds intense, I know. But it definitely helps give me some clarity about life. And if you ever lay awake at night contemplating life like I do, these may help you out as well: 1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. 2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard. 3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings. 4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. 5. I wish that I had let myself be happier. These may sound like cliches; everyone always tells you to "just be yourself." But I guess the reason why that advice is so constant is because, especially in our youth, sometimes we need a constant reminder that we are who we are, even if we don't know exactly who that is. So remember who and what you prioritize, and try not to stray too far from your goals. Even if life isn't short to you, your time is much too precious to waste. And YOU and your life are much to precious to go to waste! "

Celebrating Fabulosity! Trenzuda of the Month!

Lily Rockholt OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS Olivia de la O Patty Gomez Jazmin Martinez Olivia Ruiz Veronica Abad Alma Velasquez Wendy Hernandez Jhoanna Carrera Alexandra Hernandez



Perfect Attendance Veronica Abad Jhoanna Carrera Allyson Galarte

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