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In Reply to Your Last Letter
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Convention 1978-What Do I Wear
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Facts About Alcohol Abuse
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CAREERS ACHIEVEMENT IN SCIENCE S. Phyllis Stearner, Ph.D., Research Biologist After more than 30 years as a research scientist in radiobiology at the Argonne National Laboratory, I reflect in amazement on the series of improbable events that led to my obtaining a Ph .D. from the University of Chicago and my career as a research biologist. My early years were completely devoid of any formal experience in science; I never learned that handicapped children-especially those who had cerebral palsy as do I-do not grow up to be scientists . I sometimes compare my success to the flight of the bumblebee. The bumblebee is an animal that, according to accepted aerodynamic principles, should not be able to fly . But the bumblebee knows nothing about such principles and may be seen winging its way among the flowers on a warm sunny day. I would watch bumblebees and other animals in my yard as a child. I had many questions but no one to provide the answers. I had questions in many areas of science but most particularly biology and medicine. During my childhood, friends and relatives provided me with books about scientists and their discoveries . My laboratory experience was what I devised myself from backyard materials. We lived in a small town with no special education and I was not mainstreamed. My father paid for a tutor who came to instruct me for one hour each day . I learned independently, but there was little opportunity for interaction with m y peers. My mother supported me by providing a wide variety of experiences in my early years and encouragement in my subsequent education. When I was to enter high school, we moved to Chicago where I attended the Spaulding School for the Handicapped, where participation in the outside "normal" world was not really required or necessary. I walked during this time with difficulty, but I was encouraged to use a wheelchair because it would be easier. As the years in high school went on, I had a nagging realization that adulthood was fast approaching and there was little likelihood that anyone would leave a legacy on which I could live for the rest of my life. Spaulding did have a laboratory course in chemistry in which students had opportunities to do a few experiments. The teacher was very stimulating, and I found my scientific interests heightened . The Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) entered into m y life during the last year of high school. Although they provided no encouragement during my college years, the DVR did offer some information about the possi bilities that existed and they gave some financial assistance. They supported me at the University of Chicago-to the extent of tuition and books-through a masters progra m in the zoology department. Just before I was to receive m y M.S. , I was notified that no further support would be given and that was that! I made a commitment to myself to obtain a Ph .D. and no alternative was acceptable. I guess a stubborn determination was the driving force in my life .
After my final graduation I was offered a position at what is ;:.ow the Argonne National Laboratory, as an assistant scientist in the Division of Biological and Medical Research . Eventually I took over responsibility for a research program involved in radiation effects on blood vessels and the heart. With the help of assistants to do the laboratory work, I direct studies in light and electron microscopy and certain functional evaluations of the circulation. As a scientist who happens to be handicapped, I am acutely conscious of the need for science education for the handicapped child. Education in science is of special importance, for science is a method rather than a subject. Experiences in science can lead to an attitude of curiosity and can help to guide the handicapped child toward both an understanding of the principles of inquiry and also of the world around us. Science and engineering provide numerous opportunities for employment in jobs that require mental abilities rather than physical strength.
Reprinted from Access to Science, Volume I, Number I , May I977 American Association/or the Advancement of Science Office of Opportunities in Science 1515 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20005
S. Phyllis Stearner, Ph.D. THE PHOENIX
AcHIEVEMENT IN sciENCE
Nansie S. Sharpless, Ph.D., Research Biochemist "A veterinarian? Of course you can be a veterinarian," the doctor said, giving my parents a knowing wink. It was January in 1947. One month earlier a bout of meningitis had left me completely deaf. Now I was wondering what effect deafness would have on my career choices. At age 14 I hadn't exactly decided what I wanted to do. Like most girls in those days I supposed I'd work for awhile then maybe get married . Science and math were my best subjects and my parents had never discouraged my interest. My father was a biochemist and I had visited his laboratory and played with his rats. Then I had received a doctor kit at an appropriate age and my sister and I had converted a quarter of the basement into a hospital ward with rows of beds to care for our dolls and stuffed animals, all of which had suddenly become sick. A veterinarian would not have to talk to her patients, I reasoned. It would be a perfect career for a deaf person! It never occurred to me then that deafness might mean I couldn't finish high school and college and then earn my own living. Years later, after I had done just that and had earned a doctorate, as it turned out not in veterinary medicine but in biochemistry instead, I learned that others had not been so certain. The social workers at Columbia University's Vanderbilt Clinic had told my parents that deafness would make it impossible for me to continue in a regular classroom . But, when my parents tried to enroll me in a school for the deaf, they found that my years of normal hearing had placed me far ahead of my deaf age peers who had to spend extra time learning to speak and to use language. My parents therefore decided that I should return to my regular ninth grade classes and they arranged for me to have instruction in lipreading once a week on Saturday morning. My classmates, who lent me their notes and relayed assignments, and teachers, who wrote extra comments on my papers and on the blackboard, were especially helpful at this time. The major hurdle was learning to study. People who hear take for granted the tremendous amount of information they get effortlessly by overhearing conversations around them. Suddenly deprived of this input, I had to learn to acquire the information by looking it up in a book. Often it felt as though I was reading half the library just to be sure that I did not miss the one point the teacher thought to be important. In 1950 I entered Oberlin College. I chose Oberlin not only because it was a medium sized college with a reputation for academic excellence but also because it was 500 miles away from home. The latter was important to me because I wanted a chance to develop independence. No special arrangements were made for me, and I made no attempt to lipread the lectures. Usually I asked a classmate if I could copy her notes as she took them down , and I relied heavily on the textbooks. Later on, in graduate school, I found that I could lipread some of the lectures if the teacher's speech was clear, but notes of my classmates were still very helpful because it is impossible to write anything down while lipreading. I did exercise some selection in the courses I took . To satisfy the fine arts requirement, I took studio drawing instead of music appreciation. To fulfill the language requirement, I took German, which was taught by reading, instead of French, which was taught conversationally. Science courses , because they required hands-on laboratory work, were always more fun than the more abstract and unillustrated history or philosophy lectures. I received a bachelor's degree in zoology and enrolled at Wayne State University in a master's degree program in medical technology. After graduation I worked as a research medical technologist for eleven years, during which time I authored and published several papers in immunochemistry and protein chemistry. I encountered few problems that could be related to deafness. I could tell by touch whether a centrifuge was operating properly. I was usually able to communicate with my co-workers by lipreading, although occasionally we resorted to pencil and paper. There was always
someone else around who could answer the telephone. I eventually reached a position where I supervised the work of several technicians. I encountered considerable opposition to the idea of a return to school. My friends and family exerted subtle pressures . There were dire predictions that I would not be able to find a job because I would be over-educated. I was warned that higher standards of excellence would be required of me, and there would be questions about my abilities to carry out the professional duties of a chemist. Nevertheless, I went ahead and eventually obtained a Ph.D. in biochemistry with a distributed minor in che mistry and, after four years of post-doctoral training at Mayo Clinic, in 1975 I joined the faculty at Albert Einstein College of Medicine to organize a monoamine assay laboratory for the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology. I have special expertise in the analysis of neurotransmitter amines which are chemicals thought to play an important role in brain function . I am involved in several research projects designed to give insight into the nature of changes in neurotransmitter amine metabolism associated with various neurological and mental disorders as well as with normal flu ctuations of mood and behavior. It is fascinating work and I have never regretted my decision to go for a doctorate. Reprinted from Access to Science, Volume l, Number 3, December 1977 American Association/or the Advancement of Science Office of Opportunities in Science 1515 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20005
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IN REPLY TO YOUR LAST LETTER By Geraldine V. Cox, Ph.D.
Dear Sister: Your last letter requested help with career planning. While I am not a career counselor by any stretch of the imagination, I'll be glad to share my experiences with you. First of all, don't be dismayed that you really don't know what you want to be when you are fifty. Many of my successful friends in their fifties don't know what they want to be. For example, my high school yearbook predicts a glowing future for me as a dietician. At age 34 I am an environmental scientist working with oil pollution at the American Petroleum Institute. It is a far cry from the kitchen. I must admit that I still don't know what I want to be when I "grow up." In Passages, Gail Seehy quotes an American Management Association study that found seventy percent of the middle managers surveyed expected to make a career change in the near future. No one knows when they are seventeen what they want to be doing at age sixty. A close friend of mine seriously considers himself a failure because he reached his youthful goal before he was thirty-five. He wanted to be the bureau chief of a major newspaper in an important foreign city. After several successful years in just that position, he felt himself a failure because he had not set his career goals high enough. After a brooding year of selfcriticism, he is now back on track and delving into new areas of journalism. The world, technology and social conditions will be vastly different forty years from now. Think back to the United States forty years ago. Career women were social outcasts and it was inconceivable to mix a career and marriage. If you were a working woman , it was because your husband could not earn enough money to support you . Those few brave sisters who challenged the system have paved the way for us to choose a family, career or both . In terms of technology, there were no computers, no major television networks, no space program, and no nuclear energy. How could a college woman predict her future? She was expected to be a wife and mother. These women raised their families and are now part of America's workforce. Between 1950 and 1974 the total number of women in the American 路workforce doubled while the number of working men increased by only one-fourth . In 1975, 77% as many women as men completed college, up from 66% in 1950. Women are a permanent part of the American workforce, and they should consider a career that is of interest for them. They will be working while they raise their families, or they will remove themselves from the workforce and return as soon as their families are self-sufficient. There are many times that I have heard an apologetic statement, "I am only a housewife." These women feel left out from life. Life is filled with the unexpected. My father died at age 40 leaving the responsibility for my future resting solely upon my mother's shoulders. A child of seven is a real burden if your only source of income is based on secretarial skills. In fact, at this time three-fifths of all working women are single, widowed, divorced, separated or have husbands with annual incomes of less than $7,000 per year. Ten per cent of all working women are the sole source of income for their families . We are raised to expect security in life. One of the most difficult truisms we face is that there is no security in life. The only security we have is our own ability and drive. In youth we expect security from a husband, family or job, yet thirtyeight per cent of all marriages end in divorce. job security is elusive as well. Look at the impact that the coal strike had on jobs in the winter of 1978. Many companies fail, foreign trade effects the product, or technology makes the company obsolete. We are lulled into a false sense of security by feeling that our employer owes us a permanent position, but they are not in loco parentis. We leave home to go to school. The school acts as a substitute parent. We learn the rules, follow them, and receive a reward-graduation. We then go to a university and the same pattern is repeated . We expect the same from our employer, but it is an invalid assumption. Each of us is alone, and our success in life depends upon our own talents, training, initiative and personality. How does this help career planning? I'm trying to say, don't expect to have all of the answers when you are 17, 21, 31, or even 65. So where do you start? You must analyze yourself. What do you enjoy doing? Can you make it a career? What are you good at doing? After you have identified several career options , talk to people working in these areas, not college professors! For example, you love to SCUBA dive, and you are good in biology so you decide that you want to be a marine biologist. Your marine biology professor would naturally encourage this interest. Yet I have at least 200 applications for every position, and they are all qualified. Consider the job market. This year petroleum engineers and chemical engineers are the most demanded training. They begin at $1,800 per month. BE SURE THAT THERE IS A NEED FOR YOUR SKILLS. Get as much job-specific training as you can. General courses make a richer person, but sociology majors and English majors become the secretarial backbone of Washington. If you are interested in management, study something to manage. Try for a dual major and keep your options open. Don't let yourself become too narrowly trained. Don't let yourself be trapped into the "It's a nice profession for a woman," trap. There are many underpayed teachers who were told its a nice profession for a woman because you can raise your family and work at the same time. Be thoughtful about your objectives and realize that you may well change horses in mid-stream.
While women have made many inroads into business, they tend to be "acceptable jobs for women." These include accounting, personnel, public relations and computers. Women comprise forty percent of the workforce, and yet only two percent of the managers earning $25,000 per year or more are women. I recently attended a meeting at the White House with 250 chief executives of the nation's largest companies. I was the only woman in the room, and I was there as staff support. We have a long way to go. Women are progressing into management roles, but it will take time. There are man y petty biases we must overcome and we cannot afford to let ourselves become sensitized to petty things. This will distract from the real goal of being successful. If you focus on discrimination, you will find it and it will stop you. If you focus on doing your job to the best of your ability , it will eventually disappear. No one can argue with success. There are times when it is best to leave a bad situation. Don't let a situation wear you down . There is a world full of opportunity, grab onto it. Women advance easiest by changing employers. Don't be afraid to play the "I bet my jog" game. It can buy you advancement within your company and it can lead to exciting new jobs in other companies. Men will remain on their first job less than four years. Women remain much longer on an average. Look for opportunities for advancement, and grab on to them and grow. Don't be afraid of failure. Learn from your failures. Every successful person has failures, but they have optimized the lessons from the failures and become better people because of it. Take, for example, a young country lawyer. He was so unsuccessful that his books and instruments were impounded to cover his debts. If his friends didn't feed him that winter, he would have starved. He was so unsuccessful as a Congressman that he wasn't re-elected after his first term . He was defeated for Senator, yet his lesson was learned and Abraham Lincoln became one of our most famous presidents . Establish a strong self-identity. This takes time, and it will change constantly throughout your life. Be ready for these exciting changes, they are the spice of life. Get ready to experience the world . .. don't be afraid of it. Experiment in your twenties. Try living in different areas, don't settle into a rigid life until you have seen some of the world. Spread your wings and experience life. Learn who you are. It takes courage, but it is fun . Women are faced with conflicting roles. We must be assertive to succeed, yet we are expected to be feminine and not to be bossy. This contradiction is the most difficult for every woman to resolve. If we reject the trappings of femininity, we alienate men, other women and eventually ourselves. If we remain sexually-stereotyped, we are mere passive objectsdull to everyone, including ourselves. We must balance assertiveness, femininity , zest for life in order to succeed. This is not an easy task, and the rules depend upon your own personality. Don't pursue happiness. You will never find it. True happiness is feeling that you are a worthwhile human being. Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence , believed happiness stems from two sources-virtue and learning. He never equated happiness with material wealth. In 1788 he wrote, "Be assiduous in learning and practice much virtue. Learning and virtue will assure your happiness; they will give you quiet conscience, private esteem and public honor. Beyond these you will want nothing but physical necessities and these are easily obtained." In 1817 he wrote, "The happiness of every people must flow from ... the resources of their own minds." All of life is a learning experience. I remember my collegiate days. I was bored silly with teas and receptions I considered phony. Little did I know that I would be entertaining ambassadors at m y home, attendi~g teas at the White House, or meeting Presidents and Prime Ministers . Those sorority lessons really prepared me for a world I never thought I would see. The point I want to make is that we are constantly faced with learning activities which will be used in later life . Gather all you wish from experience. In summary, select a career you enjoy, don't be afraid of failure, don't succumb to role traps or let discrimination wear you down. Furthermore, don't be afraid to change careers at any point in your life. The biggest educational frontier is adult education. Don't be afraid to go back and start over again .
This is best summarized in four lines familiar to all A~A路s路: "To fill my days with satisfying activity; To find a dominant beauty in art, literature, nature and friendships, To know the peace and serenity of a Divine Faith, and To love life and joyously }ive each day to its ultimate good . This is m y cr eed in A~A." by Wilma Wilson Sharp. Love in
HEALTH RECORDS ADMINISTRATOR Constance]. Frontz, RRA In a recent issue of The Phoenix I read the request for information regarding unusual hobbies, pastimes, or occupations, for future articles. I want to share information about my career so those interested in working in the health field can consider the often overlooked, but interesting occupation of a Medical Records Administrator. The educational background required is a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Records Administration. I, however, have two degrees-a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Clarion State College in Clarion, PA and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Records Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA. I could have transferred to Pitt after my first two years at Clarion State, but I would have missed my two years as a sister of the Gamma Omicron chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha! To become professionally registered, in addition to the degree requirement, the graduate must pass a national registration examination. Once notification is received that the exam was successfully completed, the initials "RRA" (Registered Record Administrator) may be used after the Medical Record Administrator's name. The medical record courses were rigorous. I had to gain a knowledge of anatomy and physiology, medicine and medical terminology, medical record science and health record systems, coding and classification systems, computer science, statistics, law, systems analysis, and organization theory and management. I also had clinical practices at general and specialty hospitals, neighborhood health clinics, psychiatric facilities, and the visiting nurse association. After graduation, I accepted a position as the Director of the Medical Record Department of Armstrong County Memorial Hospital in Kittanning, PA. I work under the direction of the associate administrator and am currently managing a department of thirteen e mployees. As the department head, I direct the daily operations of m y employees who analyze medical records for completion, code diseases and operations, file and withdraw and issue medical records to authorized personnel, prepare reports on morbidity, mortality, and birth , register cases into the Cancer Registry, and
extract data from medical records for physicians for use in staff conferences or projects. I also supervise the release of medical information to insurance companies and other parties having a legitimate interest, as well as the monitoring of the utilization of hospital facilities, the level of the quality of care provided to the patients, and the typing of the medical histories, physicals, and other reports dictated by our medical and para-professional staff. I hire, orient, train, schedule, discipline, and dismiss when necessary the employees in my department and handle any of their complaints or grievances. The development of the department's budget is my responsibility, as is the review of departmental and hospital policies and procedures to assure compliance with regulatory agencies. I also develop departmental inservice education programs to expand the knowledge of the employees. I attend seminars and meetings to stay current with changes in technology or the art of medical record administration. In court cases, I present the medical record when it is subpoenaed . I serve on hospital and medical staff committees and can serve as a consultant to small hospitals, nursing homes, or mental health clinics. My duties must be carried out while maintaining effective working relationships with employees, other hospital departments, the physicians, and the public. Although there is a lot of responsibility for the new graduate in this career, the challenge is as great.
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ofl/eAnej - Our AJvijorj INTRODUCTION It takes an unusual woman to become a collegiate chapter adviser. She must be willing to spend large amounts of her free time with a group of young women; she usually possesses lots of patience, a deep commitment to Alpha Sigma Alpha, and a good sense of humor. In order to find out what exactly makes our advisers tick, I sent a questionnaire to all chapter advisers. It was sent at a rotten time of year-right after Christmas- and gave them very little time to reply. (In some cases, the questionnaire arrived after the due date! Alpha Sigma Alpha now has 54 chapters; replies were received from 27 advisers from 25 chapters! Together these replies are a beautiful commentary on the love and strength and depth of our sisterhood. They provide an excellent "adviser's-eye-view" of chapter life. The questions and answers are published here, in the hopes that they will help our pledges, collegiate members, alumnae, and advisers to understand each other better. If you, the reader, are a pledge, I hope this will help you understand sisterhood a little better; if you're an active, I hope this will help your relationship with your adviser; if you're an alumna, I hope this will make you want to become an adviser! I'm really sorry that space limitations prevent my including all of the advisers' responses. I tried to choose those comments which were most representative of the whole; and those which expressed the range of views held by the advisers. Thank you to each of you who shared your thoughts and feelings. BRAVO! to each adviser, for her time and work and love.
l. How do you think advisers should be chosen?
I was chosen as an adviser because I was available as an AIA alumna and had experience as a collegiate officer which would help me and the colony work together. I was interested in the colony's development and when asked by national officers to assume this position, I agreed. However, I'm not in agreement with this method. I feel it should be the careful choice of the sorority among the college faculty, administration or college community. When I was a collegiate chapter president, my chapter was looking for a new adviser. Upon suggestions and recommendations from the sisters, I approached the named person and discussed the positions and its responsibilities. After the third try, we were happy to get the confirmation and acceptance from a male administrator, as our adviser. We did at the time have an AIA alumni member as an adviser. They began sharing the responsibilities. From his involvement, we pledged his wife and she is now an adviser, with her husband. This relationship was a pleasure to be part of its development and a success for the chapter. Denise Ferree, Delta Omicron SPRING 1978
The active and alumnae chapters jointly should choose an adviser-someone interested in sorority first of all- who is also knowledgeable about sorority happenings and able to be objective with this particular group of girls. Suzanne L. Hebert, B eta Zeta Seek nominations by the sisters; elect the adviser from a slate of 3 nominees. Rev. Patrick O'Brien, C.M., Delta Eta I think the adviser should be an alum and one who has been gone from the active chapter at least four years . By then all the sisters she was in school with will have graduated and there would be no problem assuming a leadership role . I think the alumnae chapter should play a big part in helping to find an adviser and both groups should approve of the choice. Deb Conlon, Beta Eta I feel that the members themselves should take the major responsibility in selecting an adviser. The chapter should invite potential advisers to activities so that she might get to know the girls and they might get to know her. A chapter vote should be taken on asking the person to be an adviser. Diane james, Eta Eta Rather than appointed by an institution, she should be chosen by the girls themselves . It can be disastrous if there is no rapport, and worse , no interest on the advisers part. Cathy V elei, Delta Omicron I think the girls should consider someone they know will give them guidance, understanding, and help. Someone they can depend on. Marilyn O'Bannon, Alpha Beta
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2. Have you ever wondered why your advisers want to work with you? Here's a sampling of their answers when they were asked, "Wh at considerations made you accept the position of chapter adviser?
They desperately needed me. Even though I knew I was under-qualified, there was no one else with the necessary interest-! felt like I had to help them. Suzanne Hebert, Beta Zeta The girls were really in trouble and needed an adult to help them sort things out. Because my daughter was a member, I wanted to help them all that I could. I was very fond of the girls and very happy to be their adviser. Mrs . Walter Sanders, Gamma Omega I wanted to see and help Alpha Beta remain # 1 on our campus, and hoped with my past experiences that I might guide them. Marilyn O'Bannon, Alpha Beta I enjoy working with collegiates. They needed someone and I felt obligated to stay on. I want to see this small group grow-so badly. jan Peirson, Alpha Alpha I was very impressed with the friendship and vitality of the group. 路 Cathy Velez, Delta Omicron I felt we could learn from each other and help each other grow as individuals. jeanne Schmolze, Kappa Kappa The appreciation of work done by advisers when I was in school; wanting to help; enjoyment of sorority activity. joyce Fendya, Gamma Psi I so much appreciated the work our chapter advisers had done when I was in college-and I was deeply grateful for the growth opportunities that sorority membership had given me. I wanted to give "that full measure" to others-and was delighted for the opportunity. Anonvmous The commitment on the part of the sisters. Because I have had so much respect for so many of the girls in the sorority and because I have seen how effectively they work toward common goals, I felt compelled to accept. R . W. Leland, Gamma Rho
3. Does your chapter have one adviser or several? What do you think are the advantages/disadvantages of your system?
One. For a married working person, I think there is just too much time involved for one person to do ari. adequate job. Rosemary Carucci Goss, Delta Lambda 8
Three-1 just cannot find time to see to everything needing attention. joyce Fendya, Gamma Psi I am the alumnae adviser, while the other adviser works within the college and administration. The responsibilities are not shared and involvement is very limited . I do see the tie within the college as a vital link with the non-Greek population. The disadvantage in having only one alumna adviser is that the sister adviser is involved with the rituals, a very important part of the chapter life.
Denise Ferree, Delta Omicron We have two. The disadvantage of more than one adviser is that conflicting advice might be given accidentally. But two are better than one because responsibilities and problems can be shared. There is someone with whom to discuss situations and courses of action. There will be two different personalities, so that one adviser will relate better to some of the girls and vice versa. I do believe, however, that the two advisers must be basically of the same philosophy. Kathleen Boykin, Gamma Xi I think having three advisers is very advantageous. Together we can offer more examples and alternatives when t_rying to solve a problem or initiate new ideas. Also, if one of us cannot attend a function, the others will be there. Colleen Brown, Gamma Psi Two advisers can support and encourage each other, as well as dividing duties. Margaret Blalock, Beta Mu
4 . When you first began advising, how did you get to know the sisters and develop a rapport with them?
Since it had been a few years since I was active, I wanted to know what the duties of the officers were, how they had changed, if at all. I set up appointments with each of the girls since all of them had offices. We set up procedure notebooks for them and got to know each other as individuals. Deb Conlon, Beta Eta It took a while, but I think it happened by attending
meetings, rush functions, social functions, etc. It also helped to be sympathetic and not always autocratic and condemning. Kathleen Boykin, Gamma Xi I had them come to my apartment for a meeting; made it a point to learn all their names, not just officers; and attended various activities with them. Rosemary Carucci Goss, Delta Lambda I got to know the president first and well. Once I gained her confidence, the rest was easy. I made it a point to meet all the girls on an individual basis. Cathy Velez, Delta Omicron THE PHOENIX
When reorganizing on Buffalo State campus, we had plenty of rush parties to meet our membership quota. I talked with the sisters at weekly meetings, at parties, and at the pub on campus! We advisers have worked as "planners" for their first parties, as "cooks" for their events, as "taskmasters" getting them to do their reports and chairmanships, and especially as "sisters" to help them in their problems and share their happiness. Beth Lucia, Pi Pi Recolonization Chapter By listening and not talking. By listening lovingly to each sister as an individual. Anonymous
5. How do you now maintain tha t rapport?
I try to keep up the rapport by taking an interest in the sisters as individuals. I just "visit" with the girls as much as possible. I show up for meetings a little early so we can sit and talk. I try to maintain a very close relationship with the president and other officers. I want all the sisters to feel they can come to me with any question or problem no matter how small or big. I try to participate as much as possible in their activities. I want them to see my "human" side. Diane james, Eta Eta
Margaret W. Prosch, Delta Nu-A
Attending active meetings and pledge meetings. Being available when needed, attending chapter social functions when invited. Debi Allison, Alpha Alpha I have had the actives and pledges to my home for an enchilada supper and for their Christmas party. I try to get to some of their informal functions so we can relax and visit on a less formal basis. Deb Conlon, Beta Eta Being kind, considerate, interested in what they're doing, and participating at their meetings. I drop into their house once in a while just to visit. The girls seem to like that. They appear to respect my opinion when it is needed. Margaret W. Prosch, Delta Nu-A I attend as many activities as I can and many of the girls stop by my office to talk over their problems-both sorority and personal. I try not to take sides and encourage them to be understanding and patient. Kathleen Boykin, Gamma Xi 6. How do you get to know the pledges and new sisters?
Mrs. Walter Sanders, Gamma Omega I attend the pledge meetings. I treat the pledges as fairly as the actives. I help them with their projects and try to get them to trust me. 路 Mrs. Walter Sanders, Gamma Omega The chapter president brings them all to meet me as part of a routine. Later, they are asked to obtain m y signature on various occasions, and then we chat about
By "coke dates" and special effort! joAnn Browning, Delta NuB
I introduce myself after the pledge ceremony and then talk more in detail at the next pledge meeting. I also try to have the entire pledge class to my house for a spaghetti dinner. That really helps! Debi Allison, Alpha Alpha
By taking part in their activities and functions. By being around them and talking with them. I listen very closely for names and try to use them when talking with the girls. Diane james, Eta Eta
Cathy Velez, Delta Omicron
7. What do you see as your role in advising?
Support their meetings, projects, and activities by participation in planning and attending; be responsible to the chapter and university for sorority standards and development. Margaret Blalock, Beta Mu I see my main roles as listener, trouble shooter and as a source of information. When there are some problems with rush, I often serve as "spirit leader." Rosemary Carucci Goss, Delta Lambda Chaperoning parties, being present at meetings and pledge functions, giving guidance and understanding, helping officers with their duties, keeping in contact with alumnae members, maintaining rapport with Campus Social Director, and Dean of Students. Marilyn O'Bannon, Alpha Beta Being there when they need me. Suggesting alternatives, without dictating action . Rev. Patrick O'Brien, C.M., Delta Eta As a guide, a sounding board, a non-threatening adult, a referee; somewhere between "peer" and "mother." jeanne Schmolze, Kappa Kappa Giving encouragement, and assistance when asked; providing a link to what happened previously. Giving advice on policies and ideas and experience as a member of a town community. joyce Abler, Beta Theta 8. What do you see as your function in rush?
I participate in rush activities- encouraging the sisters and answering the rushees questions. Denise Ferree, Delta Omicron Helping with party ideas, seeing that favors are made, etc. and actually rushing rushees by talking with them, answering questions about National, etc. Rosemary Carucci Goss, Delta Lambda At one party, the sisters introduce me and I talk a minute-the rest of the time- I rush like everyone else. Anonymous
Helping serve so the girls can spend their time rushing, keeping it positive rather than negative. joyce Abler, Beta Theta 9. How are you involved in officer transition?
I plan to recheck procedure notebooks to make sure that they have been kept up. I hope to sit in on officers workshops to make sure they are trained properly. Things will run so much more smoothly when everyone knows what she is responsible for and how to do it. Deb Conlon, Beta Eta If the old officer has left, I personally train the new. When the old officer is here to pass the office on, I try to add ideas- the ultimate fulfillment of the office, not just what was done in the past. Suzanne Hebert, Beta Zeta I train the new treasurer and see that the other officers are trained. I also like to sit in on the meetings where the girls are talking about who will be the best person for an office. I stress the fact that reports must be in on time. I generally help all the members who are taking over a new office. Mrs. Walter Sanders, Gamma Omega We set up a meeting where each officer goes over her duties with the incoming officer. I help the treasurer get started balancing the checkbook and making a budget. Other officers come to me with questions when they have them. jan Pierson, Alpha Alpha Officer transition is very important to the chapter. This year Eta Eta had an officers' workshop. We took a Sunday afternoon and all the old and all the new officers came to the sorority house. They brought their files, notes, and questions. We met all together and discussed things like reports, files, and procedure notebooks. I gave them an opportunity to ask questions and then we broke up by office and the old officer trained the new and handed over the files, etc. The ad-
At rush, I'm just another alum- needed only for serving food and doing dishes. Fun? Anonymous I encourage the sisters to get to know the rushees well, and I give the rushees straight fa-cts about the sorority's time and money obligations. joyce Fendya, Gamma Psi I am strictly an overseer. I believe the girls have to present themselves to the rushees. They are the sorority, and it's important that the rushees see them for themselves. We advisers can best help with programming and preparing. Beth Lucia, Pi Pi Recolonization Chapter Meeting the rushees , attending the parties, sending the girls standing in the corner to meet the rushees. 10
Rev. Patrick O'Brien, C.M., Delta Eta THE PHOENIX
viser could just walk around, see what they were doing, solve any problems, and inject where she felt the need. Diane james, Eta Eta 10. What is the most difficult part of advising for you? (or "What are the problems in advising for you?") .
(In appreciation for honest responses, and to avoid any possible embarrassment, we have omitted the names of all the advisers in this section . ed .) The most difficult part of advising for me is the time involved. With family,job and other responsibilities, it is very difficult. Advising is really an endless- often thankless job, and no matter how much time you give them, they could use much much more. It's very hard not to be completely exasperated as they haggle over issues which are so insignificant from my perspective (like whether to serve peas or beans at a banquet). Sometimes I feel there's a real communications gap between me and a few officers. I cannot convince them that being "sisters" does not mean getting along always with every sister. They can be so blase with regard to responsibility, obligations, meeting deadlines! It's difficult to know how to inject ideas without seeming like a bossy or nosey adviser. When problems arise, I find it hard to be authoritative with the girls . I want to guide them, but I also want them to find their own solutions to their problems. It's hard to be an arbitrator- to keep a fairness on all sides. It's necessary to keep enough abreast on the group happenings that you watch for up and down times and smooth these when needed. If there's a problem, my phone rings off the wall. Unfortunately, when something good happens, I am the last to know .
I give them good ideas- they intend to carry them out, but don't. We constantly work .toward increasing chapter size and never get there. At the end of the meeting, everything seems in order- by next visit only half has been done . I get frustrated because I want it to be for them as it was for me. Our chapter was just super when I was an active; our sisterhood was close, we worked hard, and everyone did their duties on time. I expect no less of them than I do of myself; and I guess I want things to be just right. I'm finding that I have to ask several times before some things get done; some of the officers aren't prepared enough in advance so either it does not get done or it is done poorly. Most of all, when a function or rush is planned, many cannot or do not want to spend the evening; some leave early, others don't come at all. It's so frustrating to try to relate "sisterhood" and its meaning to a group of girls who want it but have never had it or seen it in action. Knowing the tremendous SPRING 1978
rewards of this abstract feeling makes me over eager to pass this on to the sisters. The worst part is not being accepted in time of need-wanting to help, but finding that they do not see me as a resource. 11. What are the rewards of being an adviser for you? Can you share a particularly happy experience?
(This is without a doubt the hardest question to edit. Too many lovely experiences and warm thoughts had to be omitted. I'm sorry.) The rewards are having the friendship of the girls, the trust, knowing that they'll call me when there is a problem, knowing of their respect for me. My happiest experience was on Oct. 14, 1976 when the girls initiated me into their sorority as a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha. It meant everything to me , knowing that I am the only adult person ever to be initiated into the sorority at Eastern Illinois University. I knew then that I had truly been accepted as their adviser. Mrs. Walter Sanders, Gamma Omega The sisters surprised me on my birthday with cake, pendant, and cards. I have especially enjoyed seeing the members take responsibility and cooperate with each other. Margaret Blalock, Beta Mu Being needed by the younger generation and being part of their experiences. One year, at the Pledge Formal, they gave me an engraved pewter goblet. Mrs. Ruth Spell, Gamma Eta I love being around young people; they are so full of energy, new ideas , and fun to be with. The happiest experience was being invited to dinner at the house, and after dinner, being made a Mother Patroness by the group. That was a joyous moment. Margaret W . Prosch, Delta Nu B Being able to stay in contact with the Alpha Betas- the real reward is seeing the girls work together and sharing a special sisterhood that is so dear to me. The Alphas always include me in special activities, such as the Pledge-Active Party. Seeing the pledges put on a party for the actives brought back so many good memories for me that tears filled my eyes and I knew then how lucky I am to be a part of a sorority that is filled with such love and everlasting friendships. Marilyn O'Bannon, Alpha B eta Being accepted as a friend by many young people. Helping a sister in a difficult period of growth or in a period of grief. Rev. Patrick O'Brien, C.M., Delta Eta Having so many bright young girls looking up to me is much more than I ever expected. A recent happy experience was receiving a dozen red roses from the girls on my birthday. They also presented me with a corsage and my husband a boutonniere at our winter formal. Cathy Velez, Delta Omicron 11
Rev. Patrick O'Brien, C.M., Delta Eta 12. What do you think is the key to your being a good chapter adviser?
A sincere interest in the girls, lots of time, and an open ear. Rosemary Carucci Goss, Delta Lambda Keeping an open mind, seeing the realities of the chapter situation, keeping flexible, and communicating honestly. jeanne Schmolze, Kappa Kappa Letting the girls make the decisions and offering advice only when they need it. By inviting the girls to come to me for help when they need it. jan Pierson, Alpha Alpha
The questions and answers speak eloquently. All the advisers who replied felt that the chapter should take great involvement in choosing its adviser. Yet many of them became advisers because no one else was ready or willing to do the job. They felt the chapter's need for help, and responded to it. All the advisers also agreed that their job is too big for one person; it needs two. Based on this perhaps our chapters should consider having two advisers as the norm. Advisers spend a great deal of time and effort in getting to know the sisters and in developing and maintaining a rapport with them. It's harder for someone who is not in the classes and in the social circle our sisters have, to develop and maintain close relations with the sisters. But they sure do work at it! Good advisers need to get involved in nearly all the workings of the chapter, seeing that things are going smoothly-and at the same time, allowing the sisters to run the chapter themselves. They are listeners, troubleshooters, counselors, and supporters. They come to all the meetings and functions (early! to chat!), they help with rush, and help the officers to do their jobs. It's a wonder, after all they do, that they have time to enjoy it! But FEEL the pain that advisers feel-when they're left out inadvertently, ignored, or when things don't go well for the chapter! And FEEL their joy in being with their girls and being part of the sisterhood. Denise Ferree said it simply, "It's great!" We need to recognize, in this day of human self-actualization, that sorority membership provides college women with a golden opportunity for growth, leadership, and responsibility. The chapter adviser supports the members in this growth. joyce Abler said it well when she wrote, "Each girl is my friend. I particularly enjoy watching the growth of the group and of the individual girls. My hope is that somehow I might foster a seed which will build women of character, ability, poise, and concern. Being an adviser can be fun. Its rewards are in Love." That's the core of an adviser's job-teaching, being, giving, receiving Alpha Sigma Alpha Love Terry Wright
Not passing judgement on the girls. They usually know when a mistake has been made and they don't need to be told. They do need the adviser's support and suggestions. Debi Allison, Alpha Alpha My love for the sorority and my love for the girls. I am an adviser because I want to help them have the best sorority. I don't try to run the sorority; I let the girls do that. But I am there when they need me. Mrs. Walter Sanders, Gamma Omega The real key is concern. If you see AIA as worthwhile and work toward that end, sorority can be a building ground for young women, a chance for the girls to gain leadership and experience. Work with each girl and the group to that goal. When an adviser respects the girls the girls will in turn share the respect and accept the leadership which can be offered. joyce Abler, Beta Theta Listening. Listening carefully enough to hear what is really happening. Being a nonjudgmental, objective, observer and reflector. Being a unifying force. Linki-ng the present with past traditions and future hopes. Accepting and loving each sister for herself. Anonymous 12
Terry Wright, National Chairman of Advisers
CONVENTION 1978-WHAT DO I WEAR?
The formal Awards Banquet calls for a little extra dressing up, as Mona Mongomery Miller, BY, Bonnie johnson Shea, BY, and Ruth Graddy Strickland, BY, demonstrate.
These Indianapolis Alumnae, Susan james Legg, XX, and Barbara Martin Kassing, BY, are comfortable for informal activities in Alpha Sig T-shirts and slacks.
Dressed casually for Sorority Education Experiences and meetings are Merrilyn Lindley Burris, XX, Cheryl White jones, BY, and Marilyn Hradek Engel, AA .
For the National Officers Reception and Dinner with National Pan hellenic, Cheryl White jones, BY, Judy Adams Elder, XX, and Marilyn Hradek Engel, AA, wear semi-formal dresses or pant suits.
Connie Morris Steinhart, BY, and Linda Wyrick Lineback, XX, are ready for business in sporty summer outfits.
CONVENTIONS ARE HERE TO STAY The lovely sisters pictured with their Alph a Sig sweethearts were enjoyin g the Alpha Sigma Alpha Convention at Galen Hall, 1958. All three are national officers in AlA. They are, left to right, Nita Chand ler, BE, Constitution Chairman and her husband Wallace ; Doris Klein, ZZ, Housing Chairman and her husband Oran, and Betty Wallick, ZZ, National President and her husband Phil.
Tour Indianapolis The tour of Indianapolis has been planned especially for Alpha Sigma Alpha, with your specific interests the primary consideration. Beginning with the Heritage Tour of historic and significant sights of the city, the group will visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the 500-mile racing classic held in May of each year. That event is often referred to as "The biggest picnic in the world" and you will have the opportunity to enjoy your box lunches as if you were at the race itself! You will then take a minibus ride around the 2V2-mile oval track and visit the Hall of Fame, the Speedway's own museum filled with memorabilia of past races. On a tour of the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, you will view the famous LOVE sculpture of Robert Indiana and visit the Lilly Pavilion of Decorative Arts, the former home of Josiah K. Lilly which now houses many beautiful examples of original French and English art. The Children's Museum, largest of its kind in the world, is said to be a must for e.veryone who is or ever was a child. An outstanding exhibit of model trains on the uppermost level is fascinating and a delightful contrast to the full-scale locomotive, the Reuben 'Vells, on the lowest level. Other features include an old carousel (you may ride on it!), a reconstructed log cabin, and a reproduction of an actual limeston~ cave -plus much more. Those taking the tour of Indianapolis will find it most rewarding; they will have truly seen the heart of the city-its past, present, and future. And they will want to return so that they can enjoy again the fascination and beauty, warmth and hospitality that is Indiana polis.
Top: Indianapolis Speedway; Middle: Children's Museum; Bottom: Museum of Art.
"EACH ONE REACH ONE!" The Beta Iota Chapter at Radford College in Radford, Virginia hosted a pilot program for Province Day on March 18, 1978. Chapters and colonies from Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina were represented . The highlight of the day was the opportunity given to the girls attending to meet our National President-Mrs. Betty Wallick. She delivered an excellent and most inspiring message which gave us all insight as to the ongoing life of an Alpha Sig. She stressed to us the fact that a close sisterhood does not stop upon graduation from college. It can continue for a lifetime. Mrs. Wallick conveyed to us her own personal experiences of how "a sister came through" when she needed her and added that this can and should always hold true. "Each one reach one" was her slogan to use as our goal for rush. We were all encouraged to share this with the members in our individual chapters. We all agreed that the day was a success, and are looking forward to meeting each other again next year.
Editor's Note The preceding article was selec(4:d as the winning feature article during the workshop entitled "Writing a Feature Article" at the National Pilot Program for Province Day. The article was written by Linda Call Bl, Connie McGhee BE, Lynn Walker .1.-P, Michell Dowe Bl , and Madeline Dial from the Huntington Alumnae Chapter. Other awards which were presented by Province Director Barbara Brown included: Reaching Pledge Quota-Beta Epsilon, Beta Pi and Beta Iota; Largest Delegation Attending-Beta Epsilon; Best Philanthropic-Beta Iota; Best Original Song-Delta Rho; and Best Alumnae Philanthropic-Huntington Alumnae. The pilot program was conducted by Dr. Geraldine Cox, former National Executive Vice President. Other National Officers attending were Betty Wallick, Hiawana Compton, Frances Francis, Paula Cyrus, and Rosemary Goss.
Collegiate Corner Rosemary Carcucci Goss,
"Alphas in the Looking Glass." Costumes ranged from the Mad Hatter to the Cheshire Cat. Alice was portrayed by each of the pledges at the "Tea Party." The actives were presented with a new plaque for the chapter room and the pledges sang their pledge class song for the first time.-Lee Ann Howard
Fall Pledge Activities Successful Fall Rush ALPHAS at Longwood College entertained rushees this year to the theme of Arnie's. Walk was held Sunday afternoon. A party was held after walk for the new pledges. That night at 12:00 p.m. we gave out open bids. About 12:30 p.m. after all open bids had accepted a small party was held in their honor. On Monday night after walk the pledges were entertained at Kappa Alpha fraternity at HampdenSydney College.-Ellie Kay Farner
Traditional Tea ALPHA ALPHA at Miami U niversity celebrated Founder's Day with the traditional tea in our newly decorated suite. Collegiate members enjoyed comparing notes with the Alpha Alpha alumnae on their college experiences. Many graduating seniors were able to obtain information on job opportunities. However, the major event was the Founder's Day ceremony which reminded all members of the importance of being an AIA .Laura Smith
Candy Sale The ALPHA BET AS at Northeast Missouri State University were very pleased with the pledges' activities this fall. The pledges began by selling candy bars as a money making project. The actives ended up with a few extra pounds before they were gone, however. The pledges' efforts in the sale were rewarded by several events. They took a pledge skip to Iowa City and took the seniors along with them. A pledge-active party was another highlight of the fall. The theme was SPRING 1978
Pledging for the ALPHA GAMMAS at Indiana University of Pennsylvania began with the "pledging in" ceremony. Traditionally the pledge class takes the responsibility of raising $200 for the sorority. They also plan the semester's formal. The "bigs" planned a surprise Big-Little Party to let the pledges know they were proud to have them as sisters.SuzAnne P. Baker
Kidnapped Twice BET A BET A pledges at the University of Northern Colorado participated in many activities last quarter. They helped to build the homecoming float and rode on the float in the parade. The pledges were kidnapped on two occasions. One time they were taken to a function in Fort Collins with the ATO's . The next time they were taken out to breakfast. The pledges also came to study table once a week at the house. This helped them get to know the members better in addition to pro'viding study time. Also, two of the pledges were elected as president and vice president of Junior Panhellenic.Marty Nicoll
Down Memory Lane" to the alumnae. Next on the agenda was our annual salad supper. The alumnae provided delicious salads for the meal. After dinner the pledges provided entertainment by singing their sneak song. Pat Reed was named outstanding senior by the Epsilon Epsilon alumnae. Imogene Trouslot EE was recognized as a 50-year member of Alpha Sigma Alpha.-Jan Coleman
Pledge Weekend The 1977 ZETA ZETA fall pledge class at Central Missouri State University was initiated on January 8, 1978. The celebration got underway the Friday before with a T.G .I.F. party at one member's apartment. The pledges closed out the evening early to return to Panhellenic to be with their sisters. The next morning was the pledges' work day. Many sleepy girls groaned and moaned as they cleaned the chapter room, the work rooms, and the storage rooms . Saturday night was prize evening. A committee of actives had planned a "stick together" night. Their activities for the evening consisted of a Message Hunt. The girls were placed in order for the entire evening. They had to stay in line. If one went "here," they all had to go "here." They went to particular places on campus to find out each time where to go next. The night had many laughs. Toward the end we met at a social meeting place on campus where they were "freed." The girls met again in the chapter room to be with "families" and to exchange gifts.-Jan Gardner
Pledge Pillow 60th Anniversary The EPSILON EPSILON Chapter at Emporia State University celebrated our 60th anniversary this year at the Founder's Day celebration . The evening began with the National Founder's Day ceremony. Ruth Ann Marion gave a presentation on the history of the past 60 years of Epsilon Epsilon Chapter. We presented the skit we used during formal rush, "A Stroll
The ETA ETAS at Pittsburg State University spent the fall semester enjoying a very active and enthusiastic pledge class. The pledges received a small satin pillow when pledged and were required to earn twelve pearls and four rubies to complete the badge. For each ')ewel" the pledges were required to collectively participate in activities which helped to achieve the four aims of the sorority. The 17
pearls and ruby were attained"by contributing devotions to be used in the sorority meetings. They also attended church as a group. The pledges attended gatherings with other Greeks and joined members in "Coke dates." To develop physically the pledges participated on our intramural team and attended Pittsburg State games together. Finally, the pledges established study halls twice a week and attended University sponsored events, such as concerts and lectures to obtain the pearls and ruby for intellectual development.-Sandra Cigainero
their National Founder's Day. It began at I 1:00 a.m. at the Holiday Inn in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Participants were Beta Delta members and the members of the Hattiesburg Alumnae Chapter. After singing the traditional Grace Before Meat the members were served a meal of ham and chicken along with a variety of vegetables. Following the meal the Alumnae Chapter presented the National Founder's Day ritual. Beta Deltas enjoyed the beautiful flowers from their Hattiesburg and Jackson Alumnae.-Beverly Malley
a great speaker. She is a past presidentofBZ, founder of the Houston Area Alumnae Chapter, and National Scholarship Chairman from 1971-1974. Mrs. Falcon gave an inspiring speech on working together. Parts of her speech will always remain in the hearts of those who heard it. A special Founder's Day Ceremony was performed by Maureen Coady, president; Catherine Courville, membership director; Carrie Mieners, Chaplain; and Kay Severance, mistress of ceremonies and vice president.-Kathy Fournerat
Fall Pledge Activities
NU NU pledges at Drexel University have been busy fulfilling their pledge duties. Thus far the pledges have held a pledge overnight and a lasagna dinner. They also helped with the Christmas formaL-Margaret Linton
BET A EPSILON's Fall Pledge Class of '77 kept the members at James Madison University busy and enthusiastic. Each of the four aims was renewed through the activities of the pledges. The Spiritual and Social aims came alive when the pledges invited the members to meet and bring their sleeping bags. First, a few quiet moments were shared with some words of friendship and its meaning in each of our lives. Then the atmosphere changed to laughter when the "campout'' began in a room decorated with trees and stars . Everyone joined in a "Guess Your Pledge" game and a banana eating contest. Intellectual development included a demonstration by a Karate expert. One member actually broke a one-inch board with her hand. Finally, to complete their pledge period the pledges presented the chapter with a red and white Coleman cooler for use at parties, football games and picnics and a beautiful wall clock for the chapter room.-Tammy Robertson
Fall pledge activities for BET A ETAS at Dickinson State College included a Halloween costume party and participation in Founder's Day activities. During Christmas the pledges designed and sold candy Christmas wreaths. The profit went towards activation fees. The pledges also helped make and sell Christmas gifts at our annual Christmas Boutique. Other activities for the pledges were card and coke parties and an enchilada feed with the big brothers and sons.Pauline Conlin
Alum Bingo Party Each year the PHI PHIS at Northwest Missouri State College await the annual bingo party sponsored by the alumnae chapter in Maryville. The girls go as the guests of the alums for a fun-filled evening playing all types of bingo. After all the gifts have been won, the delicious home-made r~fresh足 ments become the central point of interest. The rest of the evening is spent enjoying the good food and chatting with the alums. This year during the bingo party each girl was asked to become acquainted with one special alum that she would ask to be her "Big Sis." This was an added treat to the evening which had lasting benefits as each girl and her "Big Sis" became closer during the year through visits, inspirational messages, and thoughtful reminders or gifts . Phi Phi is anticipating a much closer relationship with the alumnae chapter because of the "Big Sis" exchange.-Melanie Ann Mayberry
Founder's Day '77 On November 13, 1977 BETA DELTA Chapter at the University of Southern Mississippi observed 18
Founder's Day Luncheon BETA ZETAS at the University of Southwestern Louisiana celebrated Founder's Day with alumnae at a buffet luncheon at a Lafayette restaurant. They were even honored by the presence of alumnae from out of town. The Beaux and Big Brothers were also invited. Guest speaker Juana (Nunie) Roque Falcon BZ proved to be a fascinating person as well as
Pot Luck Dinner The BET A THETAS at Central Michigan decided to cut the costs of having Founder's Day at a local restaurant and decided to have a pot luck dinner. Our dinner was held at our sister sorority's recreation room, because our house is no longer large enough to seat 40 girls comfortably. Mrs. Jean Mayhew, our Mother Patronness, was our guest speaker. After the feast the girls gathered in the meeting room for our weekly meeting and a disco dance lesson by one of our members. The evening ended with the annual Founder's Day ceremony followed by a friendship circle.Michelle Morgan
Fall Picnic After pin pledging the BET A IOTA pledges at Radford College were plunged into many activities. The traditional Fall picnic introduced them to one of our favorite THE PHOENIX
pastimes-eating. It rained all day so the picnic took place at one of the member's apartments. It was a casual way for the pledges to begin to feel at home with their new found sisters! Founder's Day was also a big activity which took planning and work on the part of the pledges. The celebration was held at Rox-Lynn in Dublin, Virginia. The pledges performed a traditional skit for the ceremony. The Halloween party was held at our former adviser's home. The pledges again performed a skit and also held an intellectual aim. Christmas was a very busy time for the chapter. Rush and our traditional Christmas party were exciting events for all the pledges.Theresa Carey
The BET A NU Chapter at Murray State University celebrated Founder's Day with a dance and a ceremony. The Founder's Day dance was held on November 12 at the Jaycee Civic Center in Murray, Kentucky. Before the dance a champagne party was held . The night of fun and dancing made Founder's Day a memorable experience. On November 15, the Beta Nus experienced the more serious side of Founder's Day with a beautiful ceremony. The ceremony was very meaningful to each member and helped remind everyone that more than ever Alpha Sigma Alpha was a vital part of their life.-Lisa Hoagland
founder's Day Brunch
Fall Pledge Dance
Founder's Day for the BET A KAPPA Chapter at Western Il linois University was celebrated with a brunch at the Macomb Holiday Inn on Sunday, November 12, 1977. Members and pledges were present along with four of Beta Kappa's alumnae members. After brunch the Fall pledge class performed a skit consisting of a takeoff from the game show To Tell the Truth with Calva Watson Wooton as their guest. The afternoon was completed when the graduating seniors each received a red and white carnation from the Fall pledge class.-Kareb Faoro
Fall pledges of the BETA SIGMA Chapter at Southwest Missouri State University have kept busy during their pledgeship. The fall pledge dance gave all the girls in the chapter a chance to get to know their sisters better. The Big Brother party was a success with each pledge meeting her individual big brother for the first time. A Halloween party and a hayride were held. In addition one day was devoted to house clean-up. All the Big Brothers gathered one night for a spaghetti dinner prepared by the chapter. Dinner was followed by Christmas caroling at homes for the elderly around Springfield. A Christmas dance on December 3 and the "carry off of actives" to an ice cream shop rounded out the semester in a busy way.- Eileen Brown
Pearl Program BETA LAMBDAS at the University of Central Arkansas were proud of the '77 Fall pledge class. For the first time we used the pearl program. Each pledge had a small pillow in the shape of a membership pin. Pledges had to complete certain requirements to receive pearls to make the outline on the pin. Rubies were also given for outstanding achievements. The requirements were similar to those in the point system such as writing a devotional or planning an active party. Once the pledge completed her pillow, she had met all the requirements for initiation . She also had something special to remind her of pledging.-Debbie Boone SPRING 1978
Founder's Day Dance
founder's Day Tour Five BETA PHIS from University of Wisconsin -Stout joined Milwaukee and Chicago alumnae in celebrating Founder's Day the weekend of 11-13 of November. On Friday the five wined and dined with the Milwaukee alumnae at the Ramada Inn. It was good to have a chance to see the Milwaukee alumnae . On Saturday it was up and off to Chicago to celebrate with the Chicago alumnae and some col-
legiate chapters from the Chicago area. After the luncheon celebration, the Beta Phis toured Chicago. By the end of the day the Beta Phis collapsed at the house of their Province Director Silvana Richardson . Sunday five very exhausted Beta Phis journeyed back to UW-Stout. - Karen J . Koester
Open House On Sunday, November 13 the GAMMA ZETA Chapter at the University of Arkansas at Monticello celebrated Founder's Day. The majority of the members began the day by attending the local Methodist Church with our pledges. Open house began in the sorority room at 2:00 p.m. We served punch, nuts, mints, and a special cake with our crest which we had made for the occasion. We all had a great time visiting with former members, sponsors, faculty, friends, and especia ll y our own members. We were happy but surprised to have, for the first time, a large number of male friends to show up. Our alumnae group at UAM helped us to make Founder's Day '77 one of the most successful ever. We appreciate their help and support!-Barbara Knight
Alumnae Activities The main alumnae objective for GAMMA ETAS at Penn State University this year was to get our alumnae more involved. Besides seein g them at Founder's Day and formals, we are trying to arrange some type of get-together so that we can get reacquainted with them. Some of our alumnae came back Fall term to help with rush. One thing we would like to do is to get in touch with A"'i.A Alumn ae from our home towns to become acquainted and let them know what is happening with A"'i.A. - Cynthia L. DiMauro
International fiasco For Founder's Day the GAMMA IOTAS at Rochester Institute of Technology last year broke traditional ties and arranged a Luau including extensive decorations. 19
This year we had an "International Fiasco" which included foods from five different countries. Some of our members were spirited enough to dress in costumes which related to the different cultures. This party was held in the basement of our sorority house and was decorated in crimson and white.-Lee Alexander
Bowling Pledges On bid day the GAMMA MU Chapter at Adrian College took their new pledges bowling. Later that evening a party was held for them. Several popcorn parties have been held where skits have been presented. A favorite activity of both the actives and pledges is kidnapping. Usually a pledge or pledges are kidnapped by several actives and are taken to a loca l grocery store or restaurant and are given a dime. They can either call for a ride home with a friend or walk. The pledges woke the actives several times for breakfast. We also went for pizza and afterwards sang at a local home for the elderly.Beth Carr
Founder's Day at fX GAMMA XI Chapter at Slippery Rock State College celebrated 路Founder's Day with their alumnae on Sunday , November 13 , at the Tanglewood in Butler. The event began with mingling and getting acquainted with the alumnae. A ceremony followed. Each collegiate and alumnae then personally introduced herself. Dinner was served and the celebration ended after everyone sang a few A~A tunes.-Michelle Zaradzki
1Oth Year Celebration Fall 1977 marked GAMMA OMICRON'S tenth year as a part of Clarion State College. We ce lebrated o ur ann iversary with a lun cheon at the Clarion Holiday Inn . Alumnae as we ll as coll egiates attended . The lun cheon consisted of fried ch icken, tossed sa lad, fruit cup, corn, and cake. Everyone enjoyed this opportunity to renew 20
friendships as well as make new friends. The highlight of the afternoon was when the alumnae sang songs which were popular when they were active.-Nancy Wareham
Busy Pledges Pledges of GAMMA RHO Chapter at East Stroudsburg State College were very active this fall. In addition to fund raising and getting to know the actives, pledges gave a skit with <I>~K fraternity. For Halloween the girls dressed in costumes and went trick-ortreating and bobbed for apples. November 4 was our pledge party for pledges, actives, and their dates. The ~TI fraternity house was the scene of a cookout where pledges of ~TI and A~A dressed like waiters and waitresses and served hamburgers and hot dogs. The Founder's Day dinner on November 13 allowed pledges and their parents to find out more about the sorority. Several skits were presented. During their last week of pledging the girls had a scavenger hunt. A formal in honor of our new members was held at the Autumn View Lodge on December 17 .
Thanksgiving Feast The DELTA ETA pledges at DePaul University enjoyed a busy schedule of events. Among them were a Thanksgiving feast with everyone showing their skill at cooking, a Christmas visit to a home for the elderly, the Christmas Formal, and the pledges' Christmas party in honor of the actives. A hayride, mixers with various fraternities, dances and a ski weekend were also a part of the Fall pledge activities.-Carole Nosalik
Achieving the Four Aims This past Fall was a busy one for DELTA lOT A and their pledges at the University of Delaware. The pledges completed activities under the intellectual, physical, spiritual, and social aims of A~A. The pledges attended a play presented on campus, went ice skating, planned a part} with a fraternity, presented a Christmas ceremony, and a surprise for the members. In addition, they made wooden paddles that were autographed by each fraternity and sorority on campus, and an interview book which included one page on each member. The actives surprised the pledges one night by taking them out for ice cream.-Maryann Sawicki
Exercise Night DELTA EPSILON'S Fall pledge class at Mansfield State College participated in a variety of exciting and different activities. During the pledge period the pledges helped with an ice cream social. It was a " make your own sundae" social. Everyone had a good time since it was a nice break from the books. The pledges organized an "exercise night" for all the members. During Halloween the pledges sponsored a Halloween party for everyone on the floor. Everyone dressed up and the pledges awarded prizes for the best costumes. Along with song night, fun night, sister rap session, and the initi ation banquet, the highlight of Fall semester was our pledge dance, held in honor of all the pledges .-Darleen L. Rasmussen
Alumnae Activities DELTA KAPPA Chapter at Indiana State University at Evansville participated in many activities with its alumnae. The alumnae were invited to our Mother-Daughter Tea which was held near Mother's Day. They are also invited to all of our rush activities even though they cannot actively participate . The alumnae invited us to play miniature golf after which we all went out for pizzas. They also invited us to a picnic at a nearby state park and to a cookout at the lodge on campus. We were also invited by the alumnae to a Christmas tea complete with Wassail and dozens of cookies.-Jeri Souba THE PHOENIX
Costume Party Planning Fall activities kept the pledges of DELTA LAMBDA at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University quite busy. In keeping with the traditional Halloween spirit they organized a costume party, where Countess Dracula and Mother Nature greeted members at the door. The messiest but best part of the evening was bobbing for apples and then making them into caramel apples. The pledges also arranged for members to attend Federick Storaska's lecture on rape prevention . As a spiritual project, they held a candlelight ceremony, where they presented each member with a special candle and a booklet that they had put together of inspirationals for each day of the week.-Anne Carroll
New Pledge Program The new pledge program begun by DELTA NU-A at General Motors Institute has proven very successful for the pledges and actives alike. Upon pledging a girl chooses a member to be her big sister. Her big sister then makes her a pledge book that is usually decorated with Raggedy Anns, ladybugs and her name. Our pledges join us for dinner at our house during the week and spend the night on the weekends to get better acquainted with the actives. After completion of the pledge requirements, the pledges are initiated and presented Raggedy Ann dolls by their big sisters.- Heather Cook
Combined Celebration Because of the scheduling of the cooperative program at General Motors Institute, the two AIA Chapters, DELTA NU-A and DELTA NU-B, are rarely able to work together on a joint activity. The exception to this is our annual Founder's Day celebration. With the help of the Flint Alumnae Chapter we arranged a buffet style luncheon at a local restaurant when both collegiate chapters could be present. Margaret Prosch, president of the Alumnae Chapter, weiSPRING 1978
corned everyone and introduced her officers to the collegiate members. A short ceremony was held in honor of the graduating members in which they were thanked for their contributions to the sorority and reminded of the possibilities of involvement in an alumnae chapter. The gathering ended on a happy note with our friendship circle and a song.-Barbara L. O'Hara
prompted us , the fifteen members , to return to the succeeding rush parties and fin all y commit ourselves to Alpha Sigma Alpha. We were pledged in early December. The ceremony was not only mea ningful, but beautiful as well. It was a serious affair and instilled in each of us a sense of belonging to an important group which would not only aid our development, but also that of U B and our community.Shelia Petnuch
Founder's Day Tea DELTA XIS at Dallas Baptist College celebrated Founder's Day on November 13 at the home of Mary Fuller, an alumna residing in North Dallas. Chapter members, pledges, and local alumnae took part in recognizing our founders. Everyone made brief introductions about themselves. Alumnae president, Robin Bass, made opening comments which were followed by a formal ceremony. Refreshments, furnished by the alumnae were served after the ceremony. The tea ended with the collegiates singing the chapter song to the alumnae chapter.- Janell Reeves
Delta Sigma Colony Saginaw Valley State College of Michigan has its f}rst recognized sorority. We are the proud members of the DELTA SIGMA Colony of Alpha Sigma Alpha. Charter members were pledged October 16, 1977, with the AIAs of Central Michigan University acting as big sisters. Heather Larmont of CMU has been acting as adviser. An expression of appreciation goes to Joyce Abler, Province Director, who has always been there when needed.
Delta Tau Colony The world of sorority life was, and still is , something new to all of us at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Initially none of us knew what to expect. Quite a few girls were present at the interest party. Representatives from the neighboring chapters were friendly and showed a true spirit of sisterhood. This is what probably
CAMP US SIGHTS AN D SO UNDS Issued by National Panhellenic Editors Conference, Operation Brass Tacks ECHOES ON ENGLISH : While we complain o f
the inability of students to handle the English language as well as they once did, listen to these echoes from the past offered by J osephine Spe ark , associate professo r of Education at Indiana University. 1890: " In the complaints drawn up by colleges against high schools , it is the inability to write passably correct English that is most severely complain e d of." 1910: " It . is the common complaint a mong businessmen that young peo ple seeking e mployment are not well grounded in the fundamentals." 1917: "From ever y college in the country goes up the cry, 'Our freshmen can't spell, can't punctuate! '" 1965: "The English language is d ying because it is not being ~aught."
HAIR DRYERS have been added to the men's gym at Misso uri , a n administrato r commenting that th e University had been unfair to men with long ha ir. FOOD CONSERVATION is r eceiving the atten-
tion of the Coca-Cola Compan y which has selected fi ve sch ools (Yale, Sta nford, Michigan State, So uth Carolin a, Indi a na ) to compete to see which can waste the least food. An India na o ffici al co mme nts that in serving 50,000 meals each d ay, an ounce of food left on a plate a dds up to 1.5 tons of waste a day, nearl y 8 tons a week. PART-TIME STUDENTS are still a large per-
centage o f the e du cati o n a l popula tion , especiall y at the gradu ate level. Total enrollment in gra du a te programs has re maine d steady though the number o f a pplications for graduate school has d ecreased slightl y, acc ordin g to th e Coun ci l o f Graduate Schools. RENT-A-TEACHER is wh at th ey're calling the
increase in pa rt-time faculty, according to th e Chronicle of H igher Education . In fou r years , it states, th e number of f ull-time faculty members o n th e nati o n's campu ses has incr eased 4 % while the number of parttime professors has lea pe d up by 38%. MORE STATISTICS fr om the Natio nal Ce nter
for Education Statistics tell us that th e percentage of stude nts stud ying within th eir home sta tes continues to increase, about 85% at the present time.
I have foundabrandnewhome
Keeping me full of happiness and never alone. Filled with people who really care Friendship and love is always near. Problems and worries seem to all disappear, New roads to solutions soon become clear. We all face the goodness, we all face the bad More understanding I never have had.
Love from a mother who's always been there, With little talks we both can share. Sisters who are willing to reach out their hand, And do all possible the best that they can.
Friendships for giving for sharing for keeping for understanding for trusting for respecting for honesty for finding for feeling for faith Friendships .. . for love forever Beta Eta Chapter
Since we have our wrongs and rights, The wrongs we try to keep in sight. Hoping more we will grow each day, And chase those wrongs so far away.
Together we'll make it, I surely don't doubt it. It is there, We just must share. I am so proud to wear the name, Because I know no other is the same. I know my sorority stands high above, And all my sisters I dearly love. Tammy Schrader, Zeta Zeta Chapter
You and I are one in our sisterhood, Although there are times when our opinions differ And I don't like the way you handled a particular situation But, in the end, I know that when you come right down to it, I can always turn to you in times of trouble or sorrow Or if 路I have a problem I can't solve alone. I love you in your entirety, not just for a particulaj trait Sometimes I forget to say "thank you" For always caring, always sharing, always being a true sister in AIA So, although we keep our own individuality, You and I are just two, who are one In our sisterhood of AIA. Pamela Rehak, Gamma Eta
TODAY Today is mine. It is unique. Nobody in the world has one exactly like it. It holds the sum of all my past experiences and all my future I can fill it with joyous moments or ruin it with fruitless worry. If painful recollections of the past come into my mind, frightening thoughts of the future, I can put them away. They cannot spoil today for me.
A stands for loving ATTITUDES which help steer our course, L stands for a LIFETIME of LOVE and LOYALTY from my sisters P stands for constancy of PURPOSE and PRINCIPLE, H stands for HUMILITY, for virtues of everlasting quality A stands for a sense of ACCOMPLISHMENT, scattering little deeds of happiness along life's pathway.
S stands for STABILITY to follow the compass of our goals, I stands for high IDEALS expressed in our character,
Q. does the wind ever whisper m y name to you?
G stands for GOD, who helps my sisters and me to follow the Golden Rule ; M stands for MANNERS that display our heart's qualities, A stands for the desire to ACHIEVE and to exercise my birthright.
A. yes, but only after dark , when the trees can't listen.
Q. what makes the wind blow ? A. the stars do, when they sigh . Q. what is really at the end of a rainbow? A. buckets of melted sunrays, from a rainy day . Q. who do birds sing to? A. to their children, who can hear them , even on a raincloud, in the distance. Lynne Hofman
TO ME, ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA STANDS FOR
A stands for APPRECIATION of friends found through sisterhood. L stands for strong LEADERSHIP, which we could not do without, P stands for the PATIENCE of my sisters, tried and true H stands for HAPPINESS received time and time again, (last but not least) A stands for our AIMS to help balance the best that is in us.
Judy DeMasters Winter National Archives Chmn.
ASA ALUMNAE ENJOY VARIETY IN PLANNING PROGRAMS
AKRON, OHIO . . . Congratulations to them for producing a Wilman Wilson Sharp recipient-Lil Greer. They were hostesses for State Day, April, 1976, and participated in Province Day, April, 1977. They support Hope Homes and SPECIAL OLYMPICS. BUTLER COUNTY, OHIO .. . Plan to host State Day in 1978. CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA . . . Provided special uniforms for SPECIAL OLYMPICS participants. BUFFALO, NEW YORK . . . They do team work. One group makes creative Christmas gifts for the retarded girls at West Seneca, another works with the girls. CALUMET REGION . . . Present birthday gifts to every patient of Hammond Nursing Home. CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA . .. Have been working with Delta Pi Colony. CHICAGO, ILLINOIS ... They have been making regular financial contributions to SPECIAL OLYMPICS in their area. CHICAGO METRO . . . Work with SPECIAL OLYMPICS in Sauk Trail, Illinois. CHICAGO, NO . SUB . . . . Made texture boards for educational experiences for children of Clearbrook Center. CHICAGO SOUTH ... Contributed household items to two collegiate chapter houses. CHICAGO WEST . .. Have "adopted" a special child at Goldie B. Floberg Center; contributed items to other children at the Center. CINCINNATI, OHIO . . . All their members are Life Members. They meet every month ; work continuously with Resident Home for Mentally Retarded of Hamilton County. They sold magazines. DAYTON, OHIO ... According to the yearbook they sent me, among other things, they will have a Brunch and Auction, a Benefit Card Party. They continue to contribute money to Stillwater Hospital for Retarded Children. Their special child receives additional attention from them. DELAWARE VALLEY ... Aided SPECIAL OLYMPICS financially; furnished tray favors for handicapped of Elwyn Institution in Media, Pennsylvania. SPRING 1978
DENVER, COLORADO . .. They are sponsoring a needy child from Hope Center in SPECIAL OLYMPICS. They served lun ch to SPECIAL OLYMPICS participants at University of Denver. They work directly with Hope Center. ELKHART, GOSHEN, INDIANA . . . Gave financial assistance to SPECIAL OLYMPICS, but wish to become more activel y involved, and are working on it. EVANSVILLE, INDIANA . .. Work with Delta Kappa. GREATER HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA ... \'\fork with Beta Delta; work with Civitan in sponsoring a child to summer camp for mentally retarded youth. HUNTINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA . . . Aided D elta Pi Colony with money and gifts. Worked with SPECIAL OLYMPICS. Work with Pulley Nursing Home. INDIANAPOLIS, INDIAN A ... Kicked off its year with a SPECIAL OLYMPICS speaker. Their yearbook indicates other meetings will include a Magic Crepe Pan Demonstration; participation in a Panhellenic luncheon honoring an outstanding senior high woman; a bowling evening with husbands; a Stretch and Sew Demonstration. They will serve as scorekeepers for Area 8 SPECIAL OLYMPICS BOWLING TOURNEY. They will celebrate their 50th anniversary June 3, 1978. Congratulations! All this, and all of us at National Convention! KALAMAZOO, MICHICAN .. . Contributed money to purchase rocking chairs and other items at Total Living Center; sponsored two children for State SPECIAL OLYMPICS. KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI . .. Worked for Johnson County Area Retarded Citizens; were volunteer drivers for Shepherd Center. They will be working with their area SPECIAL OLYMPICS. MARYVILLE, MISSOURI ... Put a plaque in Martindale Gym, Northwest Missouri State University in honor of departed Nell Martindale Kuchs, past adviser of Phi Phi, and past national officer of ASA. Gave a party for the chapter, and honored 17 seniors at a party, presented each a charm bracelet. MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN . . . Gave financial assistance to local SPECIAL OLYMPICS.
MUNCIE, INDIANA . . . Gave brunch for new pledges of Chi Chi; provided supper for collegians at final voting on rushees ; provided refreshments for Founders' Day; entertained at a picnic Chi Chis who attendee\ summer sessions. MORAINE, OHIO . . . Worked with Gamma Xiassisted with their Rockathon. They plan to work with area SPECIAL OLYMPICS. MURRAY, KENTUCKY ... Worked with Women's Club in joint project (local Read-a-Thon for mentally retarded); SPECIAL OLYMPICS. PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA . .. Furnish "enjoyment items" for residents of McMurray Home for the Aged. Have been gathering information about SPECIAL OLYMPICS in their area to initiate their participation. RICHMOND, VIRGINIA ... Initiated a Big SisterLittle Sister program for BE seniors. Contributed funds to sene\ five area participants to SPECIAL OLYMPICS. Members worked in SPECIAL OLYMPICS. ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI . . Contributed financially to St. Louis County Association for Special Children. SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA . . . Provided cake mixes and bazaar items for Home for the Retardeel.
SOUTH BEND, INDIANA ... They provide material and emotional help to Marilon, their "adopted child, who is handicapped. Gave financial gift to a Suicide Prevention Group after hearing a talk. SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI .. . Work with Beta Sigma; work with Girls' Home. SUN CITY, ARIZONA ... Several members worked at the Phoenix Open Golf Tournament, as a contribution to Panhellenic Scholarships. Other members worked in SPECIAL OLYMPICS in Phoenix. TRI-CITY, FLORIDA ... They work with project Cheer: Collecting, wrapping Christmas gifts for mentally retarded in State Hospitals ... 126 gifts. Made 12 lap robes for Clearwater Convalescent Home. TWIN-CITY, MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA . . . One alumna contributed computer print-out calendars of Snoopy . . . the alums then decorated them ; delivered them to Orville Home Intermediate House for Mentally Retarded Children. WILMINGTON, DELAWARE . . . Sold juice and cheese at Brandywine Arts Festival, as a ways and means project. Financially aided a three-year-old girl who needed rehabilitation after injuries sustained in an auto accident. Sidney Allen, Vice President of Alumnae Program
FACTS ABOUT ALCOHOL ABUSE SOBERING TO GREEK REPORTER I never before realized I might be contributing to my friends' deaths. After visiting Dean Thomas McHenry recently, to acquire material for a story on alcoholism among Greeks, I went home quite shaken. The problems we discussed hit so close to home I have been unable to forget them since. It seems the unhealthy focus of social events is booze. We go to social functions mainly to drink and "if anything, are pushed to drink like alcoholics drink," according to Dean McHenry. Generally parties provide only one type of refreshmentalcoholic. If "only beer" is being served, some people will not go to parties , which entertains the hypothesis people view social functions as a place to drink. Nobody likes to admit life revolves around a drug. Yet we accept, ignore, and even encourage the constant abuse of spirits. When someone is intoxicated and destroys property or picks a fight, he/ she is forgiven though similar behavior in sober individuals is never acceptable. If a friend acts in an embarrassing manner her/his behavior is considered humorous "because he was drunk" or if she was ill, she is consoled by knowing "it's all right, it happens to everyone." It happens to everyone because we allow everyone to act in the same disgusting manner. Though often one wonders if friends are developing alcoholics, the signs go ignored as being part of the game. My friend who blacks out events of every party she attends (nearly every weekend) has a serious problem; a guy I know who picks fights and sometimes performs very socially unacceptable actions in public is displaying the first signs of a potentially terminal disease, and I ignore them. And there are so many people I know who are always drunk when they drink. Each of us knows at least one person who displays one of the described warning symptoms or similar alcohol-related behavior. With early treatment, those friends can be helped. People really do die from drinking. It's time to restructure our social lives, to set standards. Alternatives should be available at all functions. Soft drinks in sufficient quantity should be displayed prominently in close proximity to the alcoholic beverages to allow the responsible drinker the opportunity to make a rational decision while making an allowance for nondrinkers. And high-protein snacks and other "munchies" should always be around to help slow the alcohol's effect on those who do choose to indulge. We must encourage respect for the drug we are using. According to Dean McHenry, "drunks should be scorned and not laughed at-don't reward the abuser." Furthermore, we must learn to recognize and help those who are developing abusive behavior or who have serious drinking problems. "They don't see themselves as being any different. They might, in fact, be getting their (grades)," noted McHenry. Greeks can attack the problems associated with alcohol both internally and with outside assistance. -Carol J. Conoley, Alpha Delta Pi, In The Purdue Greek
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