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Special Olympics

These athletes were all winners by Sheila C. Dinn Special Olympics Public Affairs Coordinator

The group of athletes on the award stand was different. Not "different" from each other, but different from their counterparts at the Los Angeles Olympics or the Pan Am Games in Indianapolis. Yes, these athletes were different. They were among the more than 4, 700 children and adults with mental retardation who were living our their dreams at the VII International Summer Special Olympics Games, July 31-Aug. 8, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. From 70 nations, 50 states, four territories and the District of Columbia these athletes had come. They had come, first and foremost, to exhibit the skills they'd gained in year-round training programs in their respective states and countries. They had come to compete, to do their best and , make no mistake about it, to bring home the gold. And they had come together to participate in one of the largest worldwide amateur sporting events. Every athlete at the Games received either a medal, a ribbon, or if they were disqualified, since competition goes by the book, a participation award. Because divisions are formed using preliminary scores or times, athletes compete against others of similar ability and age. It's good competition, classic sports, and as Sargent Shriver, president of Special Olympics International , likes to point out, it's "amateur" in the truest sense of the word. "There are no contracts or endorsements waiting for Special Olympics athletes at the finish line," says Shriver. "They don't have trust funds or problems with steroids. They just train and compete-and do it well, I might add-for the love of sports and the sheer joy of it all." 2 SUMMER 1988

All the athletes were winners at the Special Olympics International Games last summer in South Bend, IN.

The VII International Summer Special Olympics Games not only brought together athletes from around the world, but a head of state and seven first ladies graced the opening ceremonies, which were broadcast by ABC television. It was the first time an event involving athletic competition for any group of disabled persons was televised on prime-time network TV. The People's Republic of China competed for the first time, having established Special Olympics programs in 10 provinces over the last two years. What's more, the China News Service assigned a journalist to cover the Games, ending for all time the former official practice of ignoring the country's mentally retarded population. There were 20,000 volunteers, 10,000 Special Olympics family members, 300 ,000 spectators, 1,100 media persons and dozens of celebrities to witness the athletes participate in 14 diverse sports. The Special Olympics movement began in the Maryland backyard of

Eunice Kennedy Shriver in the early 1960s, when her brother, John F. Kennedy, asked her to research the state of physical education for individuals with mental retardation. What she discovered was that there was no research to speak of, but plenty of expert opinions which concluded that mentally retarded people couldn't and shouldn't participate in physical activities. The rationale? Competition wasn't healthy for the mentally retarded because losing would disappoint them. They could not grasp rules and the concept of training. They couldn't play team sports because they'd lose track of who was on what team. A summer day camp for mentally retarded children became Shriver's evolving investigation into their abilities, and she contradicted the experts' belief in the participants' disabilities. In 1968, 1,000 children with mental retardation from the United States and Canada gathered at Chicago's Soldier Field to compete in track and field and swimming in the First International Special Olympics Games. In her opening ceremonies "charge to the athletes" last summer, Eunice Shriver emphasized the significance of the Games for the more than 4, 700 athletes attending, for the 1 million Special Olympic athletes worldwide, and most importantly, for the estimated 300 million individuals with mental retardation who have not yet had the benefits of sports training and competition . "You are the stars and the world is watching you. By your presence you send a message to every village, every city, every nation . . . You Special Olympians have thrilled us on the playing fields of the world. You have taught us that what matters is not power or politics, weapons or wealth. What truly counts is the courageous spirit and the generous heart . . . When our hearts are touched and when they are opened-then there is a world on fire." 1:. 1:.

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On the Cover Being raped by someone you know is not just a misunderstanding , it's a crime. Date rape expert Judi Biggs discusses the issue and tells you how to cope.

*This issue features the first of a two-part , back-to-back Collegiate Corner. Part two of the report will appear in the tall Phoenix. Alumnae Action will resume in the winter 1989 issue.

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Date rape The ultimate crime against women finds its way to campus by Judi Biggs Greek Life Coordinator Arizona State University

Friends, g1vmg, expectations, productive, constructive, acquaintance, lovers, communication, taking, seductive, destructive, rape: all of these words relate in one way or another to relationships. Some of the words describe the positive aspects of relationships (giving, communication, productive, constructive) and some of the words describe what could be perceived as the negative aspects of relationships (taking, seductive, destructive). All of the negative aspects of a relationship occur when a woman is raped. A formal definition of rape, according to Webster's, is "Sexual intercourse with a woman by a man

Editor's note: Judi Biggs is Greek Life Coordinator at Arizona State University. She received her undergraduate degree from Emporia State University in 1981. She is a member and past president of the Epsilon Epsilon Chapter. Judi traveled as a field representative (chapter consultant) for Alpha Sigma Alpha during the 1981-82 academic year. She received a master's degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University in May 1984. Judi participates in the Association of Fraternity Advisors and the American College Personnel Association in a variety of capacities. 4 SUMMER 1988

Rape is a crime. Rape can happen anywhere, anytime. Rape is not the victim's fault. Alcohol or drugs are not an exC?use forsexualabuse.Sexual abusers, including gang rapists, could be anyone.

without her consent and chiefly by force or deception." When you saw the word rape, did you envision a masked man lurking in the bushes or waiting in a dimly lit parking lot for his victim to appear? But wait and envision the following two scenarios: Amy and Tom are in Psychology 101 together. The day before the first big test, Amy is upset because she has missed two classes. Tom invites Amy to his room to copy notes and study together for the test. Later, Tom invites Amy to his formal in two weeks. Amy says yes and gives him an enthusiastic hug. They begin to kiss, which becomes more intense. Tom pressures Amy to have sex, and she initially refuses. Amy finally stops fighting, and they end up having sex. Amy cries, but Tom doesn't think anything out of the ordinary has happened. Mary says, "In my freshman year at school I wanted to meet new friends and went to a party. I started talking to Bob, a sopho-

more. We drank a few beers and went up to his room. One thing led to another; I didn't want to get involved, but he wouldn't take no for an answer. I'm not even sure if this would be considered rape." When rape happens between people who know each other it is called date rape or acquaintance rape. Misconceptions about sexual assault abound in our society. Not only do they perpetuate a "blamethe-victim" attitude and make it more difficult for rape victims to seek help and to recover from the assault, they may also subtly encourage more rapes to occur. The following are several common and inappropriate myths that apply to both stranger and date rape: "Rape doesn't happen at schools like our university/college." In fact, a significant number of campus rapes committed by strangers and friends go unreported. A lack of reports of rape on campus does not mean that a problem does not exist. "It will not/cannot happen to me." The misconception that only a certain kind of woman is raped may serve as a kind of false sense of security against the truth, which is that anyone can be raped. "Rape is a crime of passion." Rape is a crime of violence and aggression. "Women are asking for it by their dress or actions." Rapists look for available targets they perceive as vulnerable, not women who

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Steps that you can take to cope with date rape To help prevent date rape: Examine your feelings about sex. Many women have been socialized to believe that sex means that they will be swept away with the emotion of the moment or that they can "make out " and then decide whether to say " yes" or "no " to sex later. The problem with this kind of thinking is that it gives too much control to the other person. Be aware that alcohol and drugs are often relat-

If you are in a date rape situation: Stay calm and think. Figure out what your options are and how safe it is to resist. Say "no" strongly. Do not smile, do not act friendly or polite. Say something like "Stop it. This is rape." This might shock the rapist into stopping .

If you are raped: Go to a friend's. This is not the time to be alone. At the very least you need emotional support. Get medical attention. Do not shower or clean Taken from : " Friends," Raping Friends-Could it Happen to You? by Jean O'Gorman Hughes and Bernice Sandler. Project on the Sta tus and Education of Wom en, Association of Americ an Colleges, Apri/1987.

ed to date rape. They compromise your ability (and that of your date) to make responsible decisions. If you are unsure of a new acquaintance, go on a group or double date. If this is not possible, meet him in a public place and have your own transportation home. Do not give mixed messages, be clear. Say " yes " when you mean " yes " and " no " when you mean " no." Be alert to other unconscious messages you

Assess the situation. Figure out how you can escape. Are there any other people around? If you can figure out a way to distract him , you can sometimes escape. Act quickly, if possible. The longer you stay in the situation , the fewer your options. Ask yourself if it is safe to resist. This is a critical question .

yourself first . Go to a hospital or school health center to be examined and treated for possible venereal disease. Report the attack to police and university or college officials. Whether or not you plan to file charges. Reporting a rape does not commit you to filing charges. You can make that decision later. Consider whether you want to file charges. If you do decide to press

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may be giving. Men may interpret your behavior differently from what you intended . Be aware of signals you send with your posture, clothing , tone of voice , gestures and eye contact. Be independent and aware on your dates. Do not be passive. Do have opinions on where to go. Trust your gut-level feelings. If a situation feels bad or you start to get nervous about the way your date is acting , confront the

Resistance will depend on one main question: Is he armed? Unarmed: Fight back physically: punch him in the Adam ' s apple, poke your finger in his eye, or kick him; resist only as long as it is safe to do so. Run away. Say you have to use the bathroom and then leave. Shout " fire "; people will tend to become more involved. Use passive resistance (pre-

charges , the chances of conviction with date rape are low, although police, judges and sc hools are increasingly more sympathetic than in the past. Get help and support , such as counseling. At the very least, call a rape or crisis hot line. Women who get counseling get over their experiences faster and with fewer lasting effects than those who get no help.

person immediately or leave the situation as quickly as possible. Be careful w.hen you invite someone into your home or yo\J are invited to his home. These are the most likely places where acquaintance rape occurs. Socialize with people who share your values. If you go out with people who are more sexually permissive than you are, you may be perceived as sharing those values.

tend to faint, throw up). Gain his confidence so that he might let his guard down. Armed: Try to talk him out of it. Try passive resistance. You may be taking your life in your hands if you decide to fight back. It may be possible to run away if he is distracted, but only do this if you are reasonably sure you can get away.

were naive, not cautious or foolish , it is not your fault. Your behavior did not cause the rape, the rapist caused the rape.

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Installation

Epsilon Theta Penn State University-Behrend College Shirley Courtney, BA, shared a special moment with her daughter, Karen , when mother sponsored daughter at the installation of Alpha Sigma Alpha's newest chapter, Epsilon Theta. Karen was one of 15 charter initiates who took part in the Oct. 24 installation at Penn State University-Behrend College. Located on the outskirts of Erie, PA, the school is an extension campus of Penn State. Although it's a four-year college, many students transfer to Penn State after two years. Its rural setting features a farm house that once was part of an estate. The university acquired the estate, and the farm house was converted into an administration building. E8 is the first NPC sorority on the 2, 700-student campus; there are several men's groups and one local sorority. The group colonized in March 1986 with 23 members , five of whom were initiated in October. The get-acquainted party at the 6 SUMMER 1988

campus Wintergarden Cafe Friday, Oct. 23, featured a fall theme. Hay and Indian corn adorned the room , while paper leaves served as name tags. Guests enjoyed cider, chips and cookies while colony members sang sorority songs. Party-goers included installing officer Kathleen Pilecki, Region Director Joan Runckel , Buffalo alumna Beth Lucia , chapter consultant Lisa O'Neill, two Pi Pi collegians, and colony members' parents. The initiation Saturday morning was held on campus in the Reed Room , with several national officers present. National President Rosemary Goss was joined by Vice President of Development MaryAnn Wenzel , Province Director Kathleen Pilecki , Joan Runckel, Province III Director Lisa Wilkin and Lisa O'Neill. Also participating were Beth Lucia, Shirley Courtney and four Gamma Xi and two Pi Pi collegians. Muggs Restaurant was redecorated for the day in red and white for the White Luncheon. Karen

Courtney and Wendy Noble opened the new chapter's gifts, which included a silver tea set from National Council, a glass punch set from the installation team and glass serving trays from Gamma Iota Chapter. It was back to the Wintergarden Cafe that afternoon for the reception. The Halloween theme featured orange and black decorations , balloons and cider and cookies. The chapter displayed its gifts and scrapbooks for parents, administration members and other Greek groups . The banquet at the Peak n Peak that evening proved to be an elegant ending to a busy day. Helium balloons secured by small heavy objects formed the centerpieces, while multi-colored balloons created a large rainbow behind the head table. Each initiate received a gold-rimmed glass as a banquet favor. The featured speaker that eve-

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Gamma Omega AEA returns to Eastern Illinois University

by Lisa Stanley Gamma Omega was rededicated as a chapter Nov. 21, 1987, at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL. For the 19 charter members and the 43 charter pledges, a dream became reality as Gamma Omega officially became a chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha once again. September 1986 sparked a new beginning for Gamma Omega, a chapter founded at EIU in 1969. With reorganization as the final alternative for the chapter, the National Council searched for a special group of EIU women who would form the personality and the sisterhood of the new Gamma Omega. The central theme of the reorganization was the story of the phoenix, the mythical bird of great beauty which possessed the ability to be reborn more beautiful than before. A rush team consisting of Rosemary Goss, national president; THE PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

Marti Stratton, national vice president of collegians; Lisa Stanley, chapter consultant; and Wendy Bell , alumnae, pledged the first phoenix pledge class of 24 . Within a week, 12 more women formed the second pledge class of the reorganization . Since that time, the group has known both success and struggles, strengthening its commitment and sisterhood. After many rush parties and a successful formal rush, Gamma Omega grew to 62. Throughout the first year , members developed their leadership and organizational skills through chapter meetings , rush parties, philanthropic events and sisterhood activities. A strong EIU Greek community provided support to the colony. It also provided many opportunities for the Alpha Sigs to show their dedication and enthusiasm. The colony was asked to participate in Sigma Chi Derby Days within days after the reorganization began. The group's first victory came when one of the

pledges was crowned Derby Darling. Homecoming and Greek Week meant more fun times, learning and challenges. Summer came, but "sorority" wasn't forgotten by the Gamma Omegas . A summer retreat was held to prepare for formal rush and to strengthen their sisterhood. August meant returning to Eastern several days early for final rush plans. With the help of Carol Hrenchir, chapter consultant, they spent long hours practicing rush, rotation , songs and skits. The hard work paid off with Gamma Omega pledging 36 during formal rush and three the following month. The next few months were busy ones as the colony worked with the national organization to plan its rededication weekend . The weekend itself began with a get-acquainted party at the chapter ' s newly remodeled house, bringing together the Gamma

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Date rape Continued from page 4 dress in a particular way. "Women secretly want to be raped." In truth, virtually all victims report feelings of terror, humiliation and degradation. "It wasn't rape because she didn't resist." Many people erroneously believe that a normal healthy woman cannot be raped if she puts up a fight. "There are many false reports about rape. " Only about 2 percent of all rape and related sex charges are determined to be false. "The rapist is almost always a stranger to its victim." Most women are raped by someone they know. "Rapists are insane." Most rapists appear to be norm~l men frox_n all ethnic groups, socw-econom1c levels and professions. Until recently, the high percentage of date rape was undocumented. Two of the most startling statistics from a study, directed by psychologist Mary P. Koss at Kent State University, were that "one quarter of women in college today have been the victims of rape or attempted rape, and almost 90 percent of them knew their assailants. Some of the other preliminary results of the three-year study include: Fifty-two percent of the women surveyed have experienced some form of sexual victimization. One in every eight women were the victims of rape, according to the prevailing legal definition. One in every 12 men admitted to having fulfilled the prevailing definition of rape or attempted rape, yet virtually none of those men identified themselves as rapists. Of the women who were raped, almost three quarters did

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Resources: Date Rape pamphlet , Arizona State University; Campus Gang Rape: Party Games? by Julie K. Ehrhart and Bernice R. Sandier, Project on the Status and Education of Women, Association of American Colleges . November 1985; " Friends, " Raping FriendsCould It Happen To You? by Jean O'Gorman Hughes and Bernice Sandier, Project on the Status and Education of Women, Association of American Colleges, April 1987. 8 SUMMER 1988

''This is not the time for her to be alone . .. she needs nurturing." not identify their experience as rape. * Forty-seven percent of the rapes were by first or casual dates or by romantic acquaintances. Three quarters of the women raped were between ages 15 and 21; the average age at the time of the rape was 18. More than 80 percent of the rapes occurred off-campus, with more than 50 percent on the man's turf: home, car or other. More than one-third of the women raped did not discuss their exper.iences with anyone; more than 90 percent did not tell the police. After a rape, victims may be openly upset, even hysterical, or they may be numb and seemingly calm. What can you do, if a sorority sister says she's been raped? Some things you can do to help are: Listen, do not judge: Remember that only 2 percent of all sex charges are false. Offer shelter: If it is at all possible, stay with her at her place or let her spend a night at your place. This is not the time for her to be alone. Be available: She may need to talk at odd hours or at length. Be there as much as you can, and encourage her to either call a hot line or go for counseling. Give comfort: She has been badly treated and she needs nurturing. Let her know she is not to blame. This is crucial. She needs to

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be reassured that the rapist is to blame, she is not. Be patient and understanding: Everyone has her own timetable for recovering from a rape. Do not impose one on the victim. Encourage action: Suggest she call a hot line, go to a hospital or health center, and/or call the police. Respect her decision if she decides not to file charges. Do not be overly protective: Encourage her to make her own decisions. She needs to feel in control of her life and this will not be possible if you do everything for her. Put aside your feelings and deal with them somewhere else: Although it is supportive for a rape survivor to know that others are upset with what happened, it does her no good if, on top of her feelings, she also has to deal with your feelings of rage and anger. You should talk to another friend or to a local hot line. And what if a sorority sister decides to press charges? Questions of "What will this do to our chapter's reputation on campus?" and, if the incident happened at a fraternity house, "what if that fraternity will never want to have a social function with us again?" are minor. It is more important to remember what the victim went through and to have her decisions respected than it is for the chapter to impose what they think is the "right" decision. After all, rape is a crime. -tr -tr

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Gamma Omega Continued from page 7 Omega pledges, collegiate members from Beta Upsilon (Indiana State University) , Delta Kappa (University of Southern Indiana) , Beta Kappa (Western Illinois University) and Epsilon Beta (University of Illinois) , and the installation team: Rosemary Goss , national president; Marti Stratton, national vice president of collegians; Karla Kamp, province director ; Lisa Stanley, installing officer; and Carol Hrenchir, chapter consultant. Also present were Suzanne Kilgannon, province director, and Karen Fulmer, chapter consultant. Saturday evening began with the initiation ceremony, which was followed by the chapter installation and the installation of officers. A reception was held that afternoon at the university student union building. Many parents, friends and EIU students and officials attended to congratulate Gamma Omega on the rededication. The grand finale of the day was the banquet. Eli Sidwell, Sigma Pi chapter advisor and past president,

spoke on his fraternity experience, noting the significant role it played in his life. "Aspire," "Seek" and "Attain" toasts were given by Beth Martin , Delta Kappa president; Judy Smith, Gamma Omega advisor; and Marti Stratton, vice president of collegians. Noting the special meaning that the story of the phoenix played in the history of Gamma Omega, Marti Stratton presented phoenix recognition pins to the members of the first phoenix pledge class and the charter members. The evening ended with everyone forming a friendship circle. An open house and brunch was held Sunday morning before national officers and out-of-town collegians left Charleston. Initiated were Kelly Smith , Amy Billiter, Laurie Boyle, Amy Brinkman, Lucia Dinicola, Kelly Eversman, Renea Gallup, Melissa Harlan, Deborah Hubbell, Marianne Kronberg, Christine Leakey, Marybeth LoSurdo, Jennifer Moscinski, Stacy Pratt, Denise Sabol, Ann Tosovsky, Martha Weaver, Lisa Wingerter and Sherry Whitling. Initiated as alumnae were Lisa Dewitt and Christi Hipple, who served as housemothers during the past two years. 1l 1l

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Epsilon Nu State University of New York at Brockport March 5, 1988

Alumnae Stars Next deadline: July 10, 1988 Have you or someone you know won an award or ma?e a contrib~tion in the areas of business, sports, government, educat1on , entertamment, media volunteer work, science or the arts? Share these accomplish路 ments' with readers of The Phoenix. Send all pertinent information and a photograph to "Alumnae Stars, " c/o Cretia Rowlette, 3861 N. Cherry Ln ., Kansas City, MO 64116. THE PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

Epsilon Theta Continued from page 6 ning was Dr. K. Lilley, dean of the college. Janet Pangrazio, Pi Pi Chapter vice president, presented the Aspire message ; Shirle y Courtney recited the Seek; and Kathleen Pilecki provided the Attain . National President Rosemary Goss presented the new chapter with its charter. National officers, Ee members and guests enjoyed a light brunch on Sunday, the final event of the installation weekend. Epsilon Theta Chapter members are Karen Marie Courtney, Lisa Rene Minnetti , Karen Jean Musser, Wendy Lara Nobel and Lorie Jean Starcher (original colony members) , Julia Garing, Kimberley Ann Lewis, Jennifer Marie Perriello, Rene Marie Prelog, Ellen Marie Rohan , Erin Kay Rositer, Carol Ann Schlosser , Juanita Maguire Tryon , Stacy Ann Wieczorek and Colleen Marie Zurawski. 1l 1l

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Collegiate Corner Editor's note: The reports below are the first in a two-part, back-to-back Collegiate Corner. Many of the chapters in this report give a profile of the housing. and ~anhelleni.c situat.ion on th~ir campus. Look for part two of this report in the fall Phoenix. Alumnae Act1on Will resume 1n the wmter 1989 1ssue. Northeast Missouri St. University

Value added to chapter life Value-added is a term students are well acquainted with at Northeast Missouri State University. The program emphasizes students' need to become well-rounded individuals as well as performing strong academically. The Alpha Betas strive to continue the mission of the school by developing strong leaders through the four aims of AEA. The central and most significant theme of value-added is scholastic achievement. This semester the Alpha Sigs attained the highest Panhellenic CPA for the pledge class and total chapter. Study halls , study buddies and conferences contributed to this achievement. Social activities are another aspect of the value-added program. In addition to mixers with other organizations and date parties, Alpha Betas participated in a homecoming twister game and human game of chess. Paired with a fraternity, members also teeter-tottered for 100 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Another importa.nt aspect of college life is physical activity. Alpha Sigs are members of the porn pon squad, cheerleading, track, tennis and volleyball teams. Currently, Alpha Beta leads in the race for the all-sports trophy as participation in · intramurals climbs. Excelling scholastically, socially and physically are all important, but it is the spiritual development that makes this a unique organization. Prayer meetings, quiet times and participating in several philanthropic activities helps create a bond that is visible throughout the campus. Sharon Willits

Emporia State University

Home for the Apples The Epsilon Epsilon Chapter house sits just off the campus of Emporia State University. The Alpha Sig house or "Apple House, " as it is known, is a twostory, red brick building with white 10

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trim and a porch just the right size for end-of-the-day Alpha Sig gatherings. When weather permits, '.'Apples" probably spend just as much time outside the house as inside, either laying out in the sun, porch-swing sitting, or playing a game of Frisbee or kickball on the front lawn. As for involvement, Epsilon Epsilon is determined to shine in all aspects of student life. Members participate in a variety of campus activities, including student government, intramurals and cheerleading. Even with these activities, however, EE has managed to sport the highest grade point average in the four-society Panhellenic for several years. Angela Kraus

Central Missouri State University

A unique chapter room Zeta Zeta Chapter at Warrensburg, MO , is very unique. Panhellenic Hall is located about a block and a half from the student union. This makes it easy for the women who live at Panhellenic to get to campus , and it also makes it easy for others to stop by and visit. The Panhellenic building is Ushaped and houses eight sororities. There is a cafeteria and several chapter rooms located downstairs. There are several quiet rooms located throughout the building for studying. The AEA chapter room is decorated in pink, maroon and black. The front room has a black piano, black

loveseat and couch, a pink loveseat and couch and a pink and black chair. The TV room has a matching chair, couch and loveseat. For entertainment, there is a television, VCR and stereo. Pam Boyle

Temple University

New home on Greek row The Kappa Kappa Chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha was founded in 1922, making it the oldest sorority on Temple University's campus. The chapter is one of five national sororities on campus. All five are members of the Temple University Panhellenic Association. This association is fairly new on campus. It was founded by Dianne Hambel, a Kappa Kappa, in the fall of 1985. The Panhellenic Association plans formal rush every fall and a Greek week in the spring. Greek life on Temple's campus is a unique experience. The commuter nature of the school makes it difficult to recruit members and plan activities. So it is important that each sorority has a "home" base. From 1922 to 1956, this home base was a house on Park Mall. Since 1956, the chapter has been meeting in the student union. However, Kappa Kappa is proud to announce that after 32 years, it has a new permanent home. Thanks to the dedication and perseverance of Kathy Gaughan, Michelle McCarter and Lisa Lombardo, the chapter has moved into a house on THE PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA


Collegiate Corner the new Greek row of Temple. The house was built in 1886 and has six bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, a parlor, dining room, kitchen and chapter room. Seven women will live in the house this semester.

zation of Greek week . Two new programs it is trying to start are alcohol awareness, "The Anatomy of a Party," and a monthly Greek newsletter. In an effort to better Greek relations , it meets monthly with the Interfraternity Council.

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Lisa Moore Northwest Missouri St. University

.Panhellenic dorm fosters interfraternity relations Phi Phi Chapter is one of four sororities on campus. All Greek women live in university housing in one dorm, Roberta Hall, which has the same rules and regulations as other dorms on campus, but is exclusively for sorority women. Although all four organizations live in the same building, each one has its own floor. This living arrangement is a positive experience and helps to improve relations between the women of each sorority. The Panhellenic system at Northwest consists of one senior member, one junior member and one pledge representative, with an adult advisor. The senior members are the governing body with the offices working on a rotation basis, alternating each spring between the four

University of Southern Mississippi

Celebrating 50 years on campus

Phi Phi members gather in the hallway on their floor of the Panhel/enic dormitory, Roberta Hall, at Northwest Missouri State.

sororities. The junior members are "in-training" for the next year, when they will take over, and the pledge representatives look on to learn more about the function of the organization. The Panhellenic council is in charge of rush and the initial organi-

The Beta Delta Chapter is a vital and important part of the campus community. This year, Beta Delta is celebrating its 50th anniversary on campus. The anniversary celebration will coincide with the 75th anniversary celebration of the university. Alpha Sigma Alpha is the oldest sorority on the campus. The AEA chapter room is located in the Panhellenic dormitory, where the nine other sororities have chapter rooms and housing. The members of Alpha Sigma Alpha are involved in all Panhellenic and Junior Pan hellenic activities on campus. Beta Delta members are involved in all aspects of campus activities from honor societies to University Singers. Lynn Moore

Radford University

Extension group welcomed Spring rush 1988 proved to be the largest rush ever in the history of Radford University. During spring rush, 309 girls came through the doors of the five sororities on campus. Expecting this drastic increase in Greek life interest, the Radford University Panhellenic, in the spring of 1987, decided to vote on expansion. The vote went through with much enthusiasm, and we extended a welcome to Sigma Kappa sorority, which had been a part of Radford's Panhellenic during the early 1970s. Beta Iotas are excited and feel that the expansion will not only allow another 60-70 girls to enjoy the benefits of Greek life, but also raise the competition level of intramural sports, service and scholarship. The Beta Iota house at Radford proudly displays the Alpha Sigma Alpha letters. THE PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

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Western Illinois University

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Imagine a quaint little town of 12,000 people surrounding a uni~er足 sity with 12,000 students. That Image is Macomb , IL, and Western Illinois University. Now imagine a little white house that holds 14 women and the spirit of AEA pride. That's the Beta Kappa Chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha. The 80-plus chapter members of the oldest sorority on campus participate in all aspects of WIU life. The chapter has the highest overall grade point average as well as highest new member GPA among sororities for the 1987-88 school year. WIU is an old campus, basically set in traditional university ways. The AEA house, originally the home of the first WIU president, represents these traditional values in terms of scholastic aptitude, social interaction and physical development .

The white house of Beta Kappa at Western Illinois was the home of the university's first president.

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catch a bit of Alpha Sigma Alpha's history at any time. Laura A. Jones Northern Illinois University

A close sisterhood The Beta Rho Chapter recently received the Closest Sisterhood award by a vote of all the sororities in Panhellenic Council. The 100-plus members live in the AEA house and on the same floor of an apartment building just down the street from the house. Close relations between the house and the apartment members are achieved through activities such as wake-up breakfasts and video-movie parties. Tara Ryan-Batchelder

Southwest Missouri St. University

A two-house chapter The Beta Sigma Chapter is one of six sororities on a campus of about 17,000 students. The chapter has two separate houses that sit side by side. The members of Beta Sig find this to be an advantage when a change of scenery from either of the houses is needed. The chapter is fortunate to be located in Springfield, just down the street from National Headquarters. Members can visit the archives and 12

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Slippery Rock University

A most-improved chapter Last spring, Gamma Xi was named Most Improved Chapter on campus. The chapter is very involved with Panhellenic. Vicki Davis, rz, is the treasurer for Panhellenic. She has worked closely with Panhellenic and Greek Affairs Advisor Rebecca Hulbert. A unique feature of Gamma Xi is the Mother Patroness ceremony. Every year, at Founders' Day, mothers of members are invited. As a part of the day's celebration, the chapter has a Mother Patroness ceremony. This ceremony brings the mothers closer to their daughters and to Alpha Sigma Alpha. Loretta Somerville

Edinboro University

Close Panhellenic relations Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, which was originally Edinboro Teachers College, is located in Edinboro, PA . The campus is near the

town itself and is a beautiful combination of old and modern architecture. The students enjoy the scenic campus and the friendly people of the town. It is the perfect setting for the Gamma Psi Chapter. Alpha Sigma Alpha is one of six sororities on campus. Close Panhellenic relations keep the members of the sororities informed and wellversed on Panhellenic rules and regulations. One of the many activities sponsored by Panhellenic is called Freshman Project. Each fall semester, the six groups have an open house for the freshmen women. This encourages formal rush in the spring and enables the freshmen to raise any questions they may have about Greek life. Susan Jones

University of Delaware

Members enjoy penthouse living The Greek system at the University of Delaware has come a long way. While fraternities have been a part of campus life since 1904, sororities are still relatively new. The Delta Iota Chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha recently celebrated its 15th anniversary. The Greek system is still under expansion. The Panhellenic Council recently welcomed two new national THE PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA


Steps that you can take to cope with date rape To help prevent date rape: Examine your feelings about sex. Many women have been socialized to believe that sex means that they will be swept away with the emotion of the moment or that they can "make out" and then decide whether to say "yes" or "no" to sex later. The problem with this kind of thinking is that it gives too much control to the other person. Be aware that alcohol and drugs are often relat·

If you are in a date rape situation: Stay calm and think. Figure out what your options are and how safe it is to resist. Say "no" strongly. Do not smile, do not act friendly or polite. Say something like "Stop •it. This is rape." This might shock the rapist into stopping.

If you are raped: Go to a friend's. This is not the time to be alone. At the very least you need emotional support. Get medical attention. Do not shower or clean Taken from: "Friends," Raping Friends-Could it Happen to You? by Jean O'Gorman Hughes and Bernice Sandler. Project on the Status and Education of Women, Association of American Colleges, Apri/1987.

ed to date rape. They compromise your ability (and that of your date) to make responsible decisions. If you are unsure of a new acquaintance, go on a group or double date. If this is not possible, meet him in a public place and have your own transportation home. Do not give mixed messages, be clear. Say "yes" when you mean "yes" and "no" when you mean "no." Be alert to other unconscious messages you

Assess the situation. Figure out how you can escape. Are there any other people around? If you can figure out a way to distract him, you can sometimes escape. Act quickly, if possible. The longer you stay in the situation, the fewer your options. Ask yourself if it is safe to resist. This is a critical question.

yourself first. Go to a hospital or school health center to be examined and treated for possible venereal disease. Report the attack to police and university or college officials. Whether or not you plan to file charges. Reporting a rape does not commit you to filing charges. You can make that decision later. Consider whether you want to file charges. If you do decide to press

may be giving. Men may interpret your behavior differently from what you intended. Be aware of signals you send with your posture, clothing , tone of voice , gestures and eye contact. Be independent and aware on your dates. Do not be passive. Do have opinions on where to go. Trust your gut-level feelings. If a situation feels bad or you start to get nervous about the way your date is acting , confront the

Resistance will depend on one main question: Is he armed? Unarmed: Fight back physically: punch him in the Adam 's apple, poke your finger in his eye, or kick him; resist only as long as it is safe to do so. Run away. Say you have to use the bathroom and then leave. Shout "fire" ; people will tend to become more involved. Use passive resistanc.e (pre-

charges, the chances of conviction with date rape are low, although police, judges and schools are increasingly more sympathetic than in the past. Get help and support, such as counseling. At the very least, call a rape or crisis hot line. Women who get counseling get over their experiences faster and with fewer lasting effects than those who get no help.

person immediately or leave the situation as quickly as possible. Be careful when you in· vite someone into your home or you are invited to his home. These are the most likely places where acquaintance rape occurs. Socialize with people who share your values. If you go out with people who are more sexually permissive than you are, you may be perceived as sharing those values.

tend to faint, throw up). Gain his confidence so that he might let his guard down . Armed: Try to talk him out of it. Try passive resistance. You may be taking your life in your hands if you decide to fight back. It may be possible to run away if he is distracted, but only do this if you are reasonably sure you can get away.

were naive, not cautious or foolish, it is not your fault. Your behavior did not' cause the rape, the rapist caused the rape.

National Center for Prevention and Control of Rape: 301-443-191 0

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Installation

Epsilon Theta Penn State University-Behrend College Shirley Courtney, BA, shared a special moment with her daughter, Karen, when mother sponsored daughter at the installation of Alpha Sigma Alpha's newest chapter, Epsilon Theta. Karen was one of 15 charter initiates who took part in the Oct . 24 installation at Penn State University-Behrend College. Located on the outskirts of Erie, PA, the school is an extension campus of Penn State. Although it's a four-year college, many students transfer to Penn State after two years. Its rural setting features a farm house that once was part of an estate. The university acquired the estate, and the farm house was converted into an administration building. E8 is the first NPC sorority on the 2, 700-student campus; there are several men's groups and one local sorority. The group colonized in March 1986 with 23 members, five of whom were initiated in October. The get-acquainted party at the 6 SUMMER 1988

campus Wintergarden Cafe Friday, Oct. 23, featured a fall theme. Hay and Indian corn adorned the room , while paper leaves served as name tags. Guests enjoyed cider, chips and cookies while colony members sang sorority songs. Party-goers included installing officer Kathleen Pilecki, Region Director Joan Runckel, Buffalo alumna Beth Lucia, chapter consultant Lisa O'Neill, two Pi Pi collegians, and colony members' parents. The initiation Saturday morning was held on campus in the Reed Room , with several national officers present. National President Rosemary Goss was joined by Vice President of Development MaryAnn Wenzel , Province Director Kathleen Pilecki, Joan Runckel, Province III Director Lisa Wilkin and Lisa O ' Neill. Also participating were Beth Lucia, Shirley Courtney and four Gamma Xi and two Pi Pi collegians. Muggs Restaurant was redecorated for the day in red and white for the White Luncheon. Karen

Courtney and Wendy Noble opened the new chapter's gifts, which included a silver tea set from National Council, a glass punch set from the installation team and glass serving trays from Gamma Iota Chapter. It was back to the Wintergarden Cafe that afternoon for the reception. The Halloween theme featured orange and black decorations, balloons and cider and cookies. The chapter displayed its gifts and scrapbooks for parents, administration members and other Greek groups. The banquet at the Peak n Peak that evening proved to be an elegant ending to a busy day. Helium balloons secured by small heavy objects formed the centerpieces, while multi-colored balloons created a large rainbow behind the head table. Each initiate received a gold-rimmed glass as a banquet favor. The featured speaker that eve-

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Installation

Gamma Omega AEA returns to Eastern Illinois University

by Lisa Stanley Gamm a Omega was rededicated as a chapter Nov. 21, 1987, at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL. For the 19 charter members and the 43 charter pledges, a dream became reality as Gamma Omega officially became a chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha once again. September 1986 sparked a new beginning for Gamma Omega, a chapter founded at EIU in 1969. With reorganization as the final alternative for the chapter, the National Council searched for a special group of EIU women who would form the personality and the sisterhood of the new Gamma Omega. The central theme of the reorganization was the story of the phoenix, the mythical bird of great beauty which possessed the ability to be reborn more beautiful than before. A rush team consisting of Rosemary Goss, national president; THE PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

Marti Stratton, national vice president of collegians; Lisa Stanley, chapter consultant; and Wendy Bell, alumnae , pledged the first phoenix pledge class of 24. Within a week, 12 more women formed the second pledge class of the reorganization . Since that time, the group has known both success and struggles, strengthening its commitment and sisterhood. After many rush parties and a successful formal rush, Gamma Omega grew to 62. Throughout the first year , members developed their leadership and organizational skills through chapter meetings , rush parties, philanthropic events and sisterhood activities. A strong EIU Greek community provided support to the colony. It also provided many opportunities for the Alpha Sigs to show their dedication and enthusiasm. The colony was asked to participate in Sigma Chi Derby Days within days after the reorganization began. The group's first victory came when one of the

pledges was crowned Derby Darling. Homecoming and Greek Week meant more fun times , learning and challenges. Summer came, but "sorority" wasn't forgotten by the Gamma Omegas. A summer retreat was held to prepare for formal rush and to strengthen their sisterhood. August meant returning to Eastern several days early for final rush plans. With the help of Carol Hrenchir, chapter consultant, they spent long hours practicing rush , rotation, songs and skits. The hard work paid off with Gamma Omega pledging 36 during formal rush and three the following month. The next few months were busy ones as the colony worked with the national organization to plan its rededication weekend. The weekend itself began with a get-acquainted party at the chapter's newly remodeled house , bringing together the Gamma

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Date rape Continued from page 4 dress in a particular way. "Women secretly want to be raped." In truth, virtually all victims report feelings of terror, humiliation and degradation. "It wasn't rape because she didn't resist." Many people erroneously believe that a normal healthy woman cannot be raped if she puts up a fight. "There are many false reports about rape." Only about 2 percent of all rape and related sex charges are determined to be false. "The rapist is almost always a stranger to its victim." Most women are raped by someone they know. "Rapists are insane." Most rapists appear to be normal men from all ethnic groups, socio-economic levels and professions. Until recently, the high percentage of date rape was undocumented . Two of the most startling statistics from a study, directed by psychologist Mary P. Koss at Kent State University, were that "one quarter of women in college today have been the victims of rape or attempted rape, and almost 90 percent of them knew their assailants. Some of the other preliminary results of the three-year study include: Fifty-two percent of the women surveyed have experienced some form of sexual victimization. One in every eight women were the victims of rape, according to the prevailing legal definition. One in every 12 men admitted to having fulfilled the prevailing definition of rape or attempted rape, yet virtually none of those men identified themselves as rapists. Of the women who were raped, almost three quarters did

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Resources: Date Rape pamphlet, Arizona State University; Campus Gang Rape : Party Games? by Julie K. Ehrhart and Bernice R. Sandier, Project on the Status and Educa路 tion of Women, Association of American Colleges . November 1985; "Friends," Raping FriendsCould It Happen To You? by Jean O' Gorman Hughes and Bernice Sandier, Project on the Status and Education of Women, Association of American Colleges, April 1987. 8 SUMMER 1988

''This is not the time for her to be alone . . . she needs nurturing." not identify their experience as rape. Forty-seven percent of the rapes were by first or casual dates or by romantic acquaintances. * Three quarters of the women raped were between ages 15 and 21; the average age at the time of the rape was 18. More than 80 percent of the rapes occurred off-campus, with more than 50 percent on the man's turf: home, car or other. * More than one-third of the women raped did not discuss their experiences with anyone; more than 90 percent did not tell the police. After a rape , victims may be openly upset, even hysterical, or they may be numb and seemingly calm. What can you do , if a sorority sister says she's been raped? Some things you can do to help are: Listen, do not judge: Remember that only 2 percent of all sex charges are false. Offer shelter: If it is at all possible, stay with her at her place or let her spend a night at your place. This is not the time for her to be alone. Be available: She may need to talk at odd hours or at length. Be there as much as you can, and encourage her to either call a hot line or go for counseling. Give comfort: She has been badly treated and she needs nurturing. Let her know she is not to blame. This is crucial. She needs to

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be reassured that the rapist is to blame, she is not. Be patient and understanding: Everyone has her own timetable for recovering from a rape. Do not impose one on the victim . Encourage action: Suggest she call a hot line, go to a hospital or health center, and/or call the police. Respect her decision if she decides not to file charges. Do not be overly protective: Encourage her to make her own decisions. She needs to feel in control of her life and this will not be possible if you do everything for her. Put aside your feelings and deal with them somewhere else: Although it is supportive for a rape survivor to know that others are upset with what happened, it does her no good if, on top of her feelings, she also has to deal with your feelings of rage and anger. You should talk to another friend or to a local hot line. And what if a sorority sister decides to press charges? Questions of "What will this do to our chapter's reputation on campus?" and, if the incident happened at a fraternity house, "what if that fraternity will never want to have a social function with us again?" are minor. It is more important to remember what the victim went through and to have her decisions respected than it is for the chapter to impose what they think is the " right" decision. After all, rape is a crime. * *

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Gamma Omega Continued from page 7 Omega pledges, collegiate members from Beta Upsilon (Indiana State University), Delta Kappa (University of Southern Indiana), Beta Kappa (Western Illinois University) and Epsilon Beta (University of Illinois), and the installation team: Rosemary Goss , national president; Marti Stratton, national vice president of collegians; Karla Kamp, province director; Lisa Stanley, installing officer; and Carol Hrenchir, chapter consultant. Also present were Suzanne Kilgannon, province director, and Karen Fulmer, chapter consultant. Saturday evening began with the initiation ceremony , which was followed by the chapter installation and the installation of officers. A reception was held that afternoon at the university student union building. Many parents , friends and EIU students and officials attended to congratulate Gamma Omega on the rededication. The grand finale of the day was the banquet. Eli Sidwell, Sigma Pi chapter advisor and past president,

spoke on his fraternity experience, noting the significant role it played in his life. "Aspire," "Seek" and "Attain" toasts were given by Beth Martin , Delta Kappa president; Judy Smith, Gamma Omega advisor; and Marti Stratton, vice president of collegians. Noting the special meaning that the story of the phoenix played in the history of Gamma Omega, Marti Stratton presented phoenix recognition pins to the members of the first phoenix pledge class and the charter members. The evening ended with everyone forming a friendship circle. An open house and brunch was held Sunday morning before national officers and out-of-town collegians left Charleston . Initiated were Kelly Smith , Amy Billiter, Laurie Boyle, Amy Brinkman, Lucia Dinicola, Kelly Eversman, Renea Gallup, Melissa Harlan, Deborah Hubbell, Marianne Kronberg, Christine Leakey, Marybeth LoSurdo, Jennifer Moscinski, Stacy Pratt, Denise Sabol, Ann Tosovsky, Martha Weaver, Lisa Wingerter and Sherry Whitling. Initiated as alumnae were Lisa Dewitt and Christi Hipple, who served as housemothers during the past two years. -t< * -t<

The National Council of Alpha Sigma Alpha Announces the colonization of

Epsilon Nu State University of New York at Brockport March 5, 1988

Alumnae Stars Next deadline: July 10, 1988 Have you or someone you know won an award or ma~e a contrib~tion in the areas of business, sports, government, educat1on, entertamment, media volunteer work, science or the arts? Share these accomplishments' with readers of The Phoenix. Send all pertinent information and a photograph to "Al umnae Stars," c/o Cretia Rowlette , 3861 N. Cherry Ln., Kansas City, MO 64116. THE PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

Epsilon Theta Continued from page 6 ning was Dr. K. Lilley, dean of the college. Janet Pangrazio, Pi Pi Chapter vice president, presented the Aspire message; Shirley Courtney recited the Seek; and Kathleen Pilecki provided the Attain. National President Rosemary Goss presented the new chapter with its charter. National officers, E9 members and guests enjoyed a light brunch on Sunday, the final event of the installation weekend. Epsilon Theta Chapter members are Karen Marie Courtney, Lisa Ren e Minnetti, Karen Jean Musser, Wendy Lara Nobel and Lorie Jean Starcher (original colony members) , Julia Garing, Kimberley Ann Lewis, Jennifer Marie Perriello, Rene Marie Prelog, Ellen Marie Rohan , Erin Kay Rositer, Carol Ann Schlosser , Juanita Maguire Tryon , Stacy Ann Wieczorek and Colleen Marie Zurawski. -t< -t<

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Collegiate Corner Editor's note: The reports below are the first in a two-part, back-to-back Collegiate Corner. Many of the chapters in this report give a profile of the housing. and ~anhelleni.c situat.ion on th~ir campus. Look for part two of this report in the fall Phoenix. Alumnae Act1on Will resume 1n the wmter 1989 1ssue. Northeast Missouri St. University

Value added to chapter life Value-added is a term students are well acquainted with at Northeast Missouri State University. The program emphasizes students' need to become well-rounded individuals as well as performing strong academically. The Alpha Betas strive to continue the mission of the school by developing strong leaders through the four aims of Al:A. The central and most significant theme of value-added is scholastic achievement. This semester the Alpha Sigs attained the highest Panhellenic CPA for the pledge class and total chapter. Study halls , study buddies and conferences contributed to this achievement. Social activities are another aspect of the value-added program. In addition to mixers with other organizations and date parties, Alpha Betas participated in a homecoming twister game and human game of chess. Paired with a fraternity, members also teeter-tottered for 100 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Another important aspect of college life is physical activity. Alpha Sigs are members of the porn pon squad, cheerleading, track, tennis and volleyball teams. Currently, Alpha Beta leads in the race for the all-sports trophy as participation in intramurals climbs. Excelling scholastically, socially and physically are all important, but it is the spiritual development that makes this a unique organization. Prayer meetings, quiet times and participating in several philanthropic activities helps create a bond that is visible throughout the campus. Sharon Willits

Emporia State University

Home for the Apples The Epsilon Epsilon Chapter house sits just off the campus of Emporia State University. The Alpha Sig house or "Apple House, " as it is known, is a twostory, red brick building with white 10

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The Epsilon Epsilon " Apple House " sits just off the Emporia State campus.

trim and a porch just the right size for end-of-the-day Alpha Sig gatherings. When weather permits, ':Apples" probably spend just as much time outside the house as inside, either laying out in the sun, porch-swing sitting, or playing a game of Frisbee or kickball on the front lawn. As for involvement, Epsilon Epsilon is determined to shine in all aspects of student life. Members participate in a variety of campus activities, including student government, intramurals and cheerleading. Even with these activities, however, EE has managed to sport the highest grade point average in the four-society Panhellenic for several years. Angela Kraus

Central Missouri State University

A unique chapter room Zeta Zeta Chapter at Warrensburg, MO, is very unique . Panhellenic Hall is located about a block and a half from the student union. This makes it easy for the women who live at Panhellenic to get to campus, and it also makes it easy for others to stop by and visit. The Panhellenic building is Ushaped and houses eight sororities. There is a cafeteria and several chapter rooms located downstairs. There are several quiet rooms located throughout the building for studying. The Al:A chapter room is decorated in pink, maroon and black. The front room has a black piano, black

loveseat and couch, a pink loveseat and couch and a pink and black chair. The TV room has a matching chair, couch and loveseat. For entertainment, there is a television, VCR and stereo. Pam Boyle

Temple University

New home on Greek row The Kappa Kappa Chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha was founded in 1922, making it the oldest sorority on Temple University's campus. The chapter is one of five national sororities on campus. All five are members of the Temple University Panhellenic Association. This association is fairly new on campus. It was founded by Dianne Hambel, a Kappa Kappa, in the fall of 1985. The Panhellenic Association plans formal rush every fall and a Greek week in the spring. Greek life on Temple's campus is a unique experience. The commuter nature of the school makes it difficult to recruit members and plan activities. So it is important that each sorority has a "home" base. From 1922 to 1956, this home base was a house on Park Mall. Since 1956, the chapter has been meeting in the student union. However, Kappa Kappa is proud to announce that after 32 years, it has a new permanent home. Thanks to the dedication and perseverance of Kathy Gaughan, Michelle McCarter and Lisa Lombardo, the chapter has moved into a house on THE PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA


Collegiate Corner the new Greek row of Temple. The house was built in 1886 and has six bedrooms, 2'/2 baths, a parlor, dining room, kitchen and chapter room. Seven women will live in the house this semester.

zation of Greek week. Two new programs it is trying to start are alcohol awareness, "The Anatomy of a Party," and a monthly Greek newsletter . In an effort to better Greek relations, it meets monthly with the Interfraternity Council.

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Lisa Moore Northwest Missouri St. University

.Panhellenic dorm fosters interfraternity relations Phi Phi Chapter is one of four sororities on campus. All Greek women live in university housing in one dorm, Roberta Hall, which has the same rules and regulations as other dorms on campus, but is exclusively for sorority women. Although all four organizations live in the same building, each one has its own floor. This living arrangement is a positive experience and helps to improve relations between the women of each sorority. The Panhellenic system at Northwest consists of one senior member, one junior member and one pledge representative, with an adult advisor. The senior members are the governing body with the offices working on a rotation basis, alternating each spring between the four

University of Southern Mississippi

Celebrating 50 years on campus

Phi Phi members gather in the hallway on their floor of the Panhellenic dormitory, Roberta Hall, at Northwest Missouri State.

sororities. The junior members are "in-training" for the next year, when they will take over, and the pledge representatives look on to learn more about the function of the organization. The Panhellenic council is in charge of rush and the initial organi-

The Beta Delta Chapter is a vital and important part of the campus community. This year, Beta Delta is celebrating its 50th anniversary on campus. The anniversary celebration will coincide with the 75th anniversary celebration of the university. Alpha Sigma Alpha is the oldest sorority on the campus. The AEA chapter room is located in the Panhellenic dormitory, where the nine other sororities have chapter rooms and housing. The members of Alpha Sigma Alpha are involved in all Panhellenic and Junior Panhellenic activities on campus. Beta Delta members are involved in all aspects of campus activities from honor societies to University Singers. Lynn Moore

Radford University

Extension group welcomed Spring rush 1988 proved to be the largest rush ever in the history of Radford University. During spring rush, 309 girls came through the doors of the five sororities on campus. Expecting this drastic increase in Greek life interest, the Radford University Panhellenic, in the spring of 1987, decided to vote on expansion. The vote went through with much enthusiasm, and we extended a welcome to Sigma Kappa sorority, which had been a part of Radford's Panhellenic during the early 1970s. Beta Iotas are excited and feel that the expansion will not only allow another 60-70 girls to enjoy the benefits of Greek life, but also raise the competition level of intramural sports, service and scholarship. The Beta Iota house at Radford proudly displays the Alpha Sigma Alpha letters. THE PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

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Collegiate Corner Western Illinois University

House of tradition Imagine a quaint little town of 12,000 people surrounding a university with 12,000 students. That image is Macomb, IL, and Western Illinois University. Now imagine a little white house that holds 14 women and the spirit of AEA pride. That's the Beta Kappa Chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha. The 80-plus chapter members of the oldest sorority on campus participate in all aspects of WIU life. The . chapter has the highest overall grade point average as well as highest new member CPA among sororities for the 1987-88 school year. WIU is an old campus, basically set in traditional university ways. The AEA house, originally the home of the first WIU president, represents these traditional values in terms of scholastic aptitude, social interaction and physical development.

The white house of Beta Kappa at Western Illinois was the home of the university's first president.

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catch a bit of Alpha Sigma Alpha's history at any time. Laura A. Jones Northern Illinois University

A close sisterhood The Beta Rho Chapter recently received the Closest Sisterhood award by a vote of all the sororities in Panhellenic Council. The 100-plus members live in the AEA house and on the same floor of an apartment building just down the street from the house. Close relations between the house and the apartment members are achieved through activities such as wake-up breakfasts and video-movie parties. Tara Ryan-Batchelder

Southwest Missouri St. University

A two-house chapter The Beta Sigma Chapter is one of six sororities on a campus of about 17,000 students. The chapter has two separate houses that sit side by side. The members of Beta Sig find this to be an advantage when a change of scenery from either of the houses is needed. The chapter is fortunate to be located in Springfield, just down the street from National Headquarters. Members can visit the archives and 12

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Slippery Rock University

A most-improved chapter Last spring, Gamma Xi was named Most Improved Chapter on campus. The chapter is very involved with Panhellenic. Vicki Davis, rz, is the treasurer for Panhellenic. She has worked closely with Panhellenic and Greek Affairs Advisor Rebecca Hulbert. A unique feature of Gamma Xi is the Mother Patroness ceremony. Every year, at Founders' Day, mothers of members are invited. As a part of the day's celebration, the chapter has a Mother Patroness ceremony. This ceremony brings the mothers closer to their daughters and to Alpha Sigma Alpha. Loretta Somerville

Edinboro University

Close Panhellenic relations Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, which was originally Edinboro Teachers College, is located in Edinboro, PA. The campus is near the

town itself and is a beautiful combination of old and modern architecture. The students enjoy the scenic campus and the friendly people of the town . It is the perfect setting for the Gamma Psi Chapter. Alpha Sigma Alpha is one of six sororities on campus. Close Panhellenic relations keep the members of the sororities informed and wellversed on Panhellenic rules and regulations. One of the many activities sponsored by Panhellenic is called Freshman Project. Each fall semester, the six groups have an open house for the freshmen women . This encourages formal rush in the spring and enables the freshmen to raise any questions they may have about Greek life. Susan Jones

University of Delaware

Members enjoy penthouse living The Greek ~ystem at the University of Delaware has come a long way. While fraternities have been a part of campus life since 1904, sororities are still relatively new. The Delta Iota Chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha recently celebrated its 15th anniversary. The Greek system is still under expansion. The Panhellenic Council recently welcomed two new national THE PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA


Collegiate Corner sororities, bringing the total to seven. The Panhellenic and Interfraternity councils work together to promote Greek unity among the 23 fraternal organizations, and Delta Iota never hesitates to participate fully in the numerous Greek-sponsored events. Along with the traditional Greek games each spring, the fraternities and sororities come out in full force to celebrate Greek week. In the fall, each pledge class participates in the Pledge Gong Show. Greeks mingle at numerous mixers and picnics and join forces in fund-raising and community service activities. Currently, 13 fraternities and four sororities have houses, but the sorority houses accommodate only 12 members. Delta Iota abandoned this cramped style of living in 1986 when the university invited the chapter to occupy an entire floor of campus apartments. This experimental arrangement in Greek housing permits 40 members to live together, and the arrangement has been extended for a third year. The chapter is proud to remain the only Greek organization to live in campus housing and attributes its good fortune to its reputation as a responsible and respectable campus organization. The chapter is excited about planning for a future Greek row, and members are already raising funds to ensure a home in the future for Delta Iota. But in the meantime, Delta Iota is making the most of the Alpha Sig penthouse. Michelle Gilbert

University of Southern Indiana

Members devote time to activities Delta Kappa Chapter's 50-plus members are active in many campus

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Delta Iota members live on the top floor of this University of Delaware apartment building.

organizations. Some are on the activity programming board, student government association , Feather Shakers and eheerleading. This year, Delta Kappa participated in ice skating for Special Olympics, had a bake sale for raising money for Special Olympics and went caroling at the hospital . The student population is approximately 5,500 students. The majority of students commute to school. The Panhellenic Council is very

The Delta Omicron house stands near the entrance of the York College campus. THE PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

strong. Panhellenic sent three delegates to MIFCA/MAPCA, the Midwest Greek leadership workshop. Barbarina Deutsch

York College

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campus visitors Delta Omicron Chapter takes p ride in its activities on campus. The chapter participates in campus events such as Greek Week, Alcohol Awareness Week, the Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) and intramural sports. The chapter gets together with other organizations to socialize and build Panhellenic relations. The chapter house stands at an entrance to the campus. AI::A letters show through the front window so that everyone notices the red and white spirit. The chapter this year celebrated its lOth anniversary. Cheryl Shotwell SUMMER 1988

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Collegiate Corner Bloomsburg University

Between mountains and city Bloomsburg University is located in Bloomsburg, P A, a small town in the center of the state, close to the Pocono Mountains and only two hours northwest of Philadelphia. The campus is compact, and the total enrollment is approximately 6,500 students. Inner Sorority Council (ISC) is made up of several representatives from each of the 10 sororities at Bloomsburg. It organizes rush and oversees pledging activities. Delta Chi Chapter's house is located at 69 Sesame St. and provides housing for 18 members . It is a short distance from campus and is part of an off-campus college apartment complex. Susan Early Dads were given a big welcome to the Epsilon Beta house during Dads Day at the University of Illinois. University of Illinois

Greek system one of nation's largest Epsilon Beta Chapter is located on a Big Ten campus with over 50 fraternities and 20 sororities, one of the largest Greek systems in the nation . There are many opportunities to participate in a variety of activities with the other houses on campus. Panhellenic encourages this by pro-

moting such activities as football block, Greek week and Derby Days. Panhellenic also encourages leadership through such activities as a retreat attended by EB president, Laura Perry. She learned a variety of new leadership techniques and had a chance to meet and interact with presidents from the other houses. EB members are proud of the fact that the chapter has doubled the size of its membership this year. Members have worked very hard on both formal and informal rush with the help of chapter consultants Lisa O'Neill and Karen Fullmer. Michelle Miller

Virginia Commonwealth University

Young and growing

This rowhouse near Virginia Commonwealth University houses the chapter rooms of Epsilon Gamma. 14

Both the Epsilon Gamma Chapter and the college Panhellenic at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, are relatively young and still learning and growing. The chapter deals with the rare feature of being located on an urban campus with 26,000 students, making Greek visibility a challenge . Epsilon Gamma has overcome these problems to become the first sorority to reach total and also to be named "Most Outstanding Greek Organization" on campus.

Panhellenic consists of three national sororities and a local sorority, which is in the process of hearing presentations from several national sororities. The three national groups are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new sorority and, with it, the strengthening of campus Panhellenic. Christine Powers Christian Brothers College

Greek spirit alive and well Epsilon Iota is one of three sororities and three fraternities on campus. A newly formed Panhellenic was a year in the making, and the sororities are all working together to make it the best it can be. There is a great feeling of Greek spirit on campus , whether it be friendly rivalries or working together on a charity event. Recently, the men of TKE and the women of Al:A put on a school-wide Mardi Gras party, complete with a band, decorations, refreshments, T -shirts and pictures. The two organizations worked for several weeks to make it a success. The college relies on the Greek system for school spirit, high school visitations and helping out whenever there becomes a need for helping hands. Leslie C. Huey

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Alumnae help needed for 1988 rush Item: Following the 1987 fall rush, 18 chapters needed to pledge five or less women to reach quota. Item: Five chapters had returning classes in the 1987 fall semester of less than 20 members. Item: Alpha Sigma Alpha has two colonies and five chapters that have been installed or re-installed in the last year. Item: Alumnae can help these chapters reach 1988 rushin~ goals by filling out the rush introduction form

below. This form does not hold anyone, chapter or rushee, to any obligation; however, it could help put a chapter that much closer to reaching its goal of total or quota. Remember that new members are the future of the sorority, both on the collegiate and alumnae level, and that it is everyone's responsibility to help achieve that goal. Introduce a rushee today!

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Alpha Sigma Alpha rush information If you know of a young woman who is attending, or will attend, college on a campus where there is a chapt~r of Alpha Sigma Alpha, please fill out this form and send it to the collegiate chapter on that campus (see ~all dlre?路 tory) or Alpha Sigma Alpha National Headquarters, 1201 East Walnut Street, Springfield, MO 65802. Th1s form IS for information only. It does not obligate the woman or chapter in any way. Rushee's name ___________________________________________________________________________ Home address ____________________________________________________________________________ Name of parent or guard ian ----------------------------------------------------------------Rushee's high school ----------------------------------------------- Graduation year _______ Rushee is now a ___ freshman , ___ sophomore, _____ junior, ____ senior If rushee is ~ transfer, former college: ---------------------------------------------------------Relatives in Alpha Sigma Alpha or other Greek organization----------------------------------------Do you know the girl personally? _________ If not, source of information-----------------------------Please describe: Academic achievements and honors: --------------------------------------------------------

Interests, hobbies and talents: ---------------------------------------------------------------

Community activities: ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Other comments: ____________________________________________________________________

Your name ---------------------------------------------- Chapter---------------------_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Phone _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ Address -

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AEA cookbook Send for your copy now! Please send copies of NARCISSUS at $14.95 per copy plus $2.00 postage and handling per book. (Missouri residents add 5.725% sales tax.) Enclosed you will find my check or money order for $ made payable to Alpha Sigma Alpha. Name _____________________________ Address ____________________________ City _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ State ___________ Zip _ __

Order by the case; pay no postage! Pleas-e send _ _ cases (12 cookbooks per case) to be sold by Chapter. ($179.40 per case). Enclosed is$ Mail to: ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA National Headquarters 1201 East Walnut Street Springfield, Missouri 65802

CHANGE OF ADDRESS OR NAME You can help Alpha Sigma Alpha save a considerable amount of money each year by sending to National Headquarters any change of address or name . The U.S. Postal Service charges 25 cents for each returned magazine or change of address. You are responsible for changing your address promptly if you wish to continue receiving your Phoenix. Mail completed form with mailing label attached to Al:A National Headquarters, 1201 East Walnut, Springfield, MO 65802. College chapter ------- -- ---------------------- Year of initiation _____ Married Name-------- ---------------- ---------------- -- - - - Husband 's first name 路 Last name Maiden name -------------=::--- -- ---------:---:---:------------------ - First Middle Last Address _ ______~------------------------------------------Street City

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Active in ----------- -- -- -- ---------------- -- - - - - Alumnae Chapter. Hold office of ----------------------------------------- -- - - - - - I am enclosing $8 for my annual alumnae dues. 路 Used for ease In locating phone listings.

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Asa phoenix vol 73 no 4 summer 1988  

Asa phoenix vol 73 no 4 summer 1988