GREEK DIGEST FOR GREEKS BY GREEKS
Q&A: Why are you thankful? p. 9 Mix it up: Party Themes! p. 12
UNITY A Sorority Climb, p. 4
GREEK DIGEST | NOVEMBER 2013
CONTENTS Unity & Enthusiasm
Why are you thankful?
Alumni of the month
4 9 11 Mix it up:
Greek Goddess of the Month
Greek God of the Month
Meet the Staff
19 GREEK DIGEST
A SORORITY CLIMB
By Coco Wham was recently slated as the next president of my sorority and quickly found myself attempting to find ways in which I can establish both unity and enthusiasm for the chapter in our house. I also recently attended
a leadership academy in which leaders from each house on campus were able to discuss issues within their houses with the rest of the Panhellenic community. Here, you will find an outline of these issues and the ways in which these issues can be addressed. The ideas for increasing participation and establishing unity are based on research I have conducted and experiences I have had.
THE PROBLEM: ATTENDANCE OF OPTIONAL EVENTS Many leaders expressed their frustrations with the lack of attendance of members to optional events such as sisterhoods and personal development programs. Here Are Some Ways to Fix It: t*ODSFBTFIPVTFXJEFJOWPMWFNFOUJOQMBOOJOHFWFOUT%SBXGSPNEJÄŒFSFOUHSPVQTBOEUZQFTPGMFBEFSTXJUIJO the house to help plan events. This will draw members that may not be the most involved but will attend to support their friends. t1MBOFWFOUTSJHIUBÄ™FSNFBMTPSTIPSUFSNBOEBUPSZFWFOUTÄ‡JTXJMMNBLFJUFBTJFSUPSBMMZUIFNFNCFSTBOE head straight to a more fun and upbeat activity! t $SFBUF FWFOUT XJUI TNBMM UFBNT DPNQPTFE PG CPUI WFSZ JOWPMWFE BOE MFTT JOWPMWFE NFNCFST Ä‡F NPSF involved members will help to increase attendance of the less involved members on their team. UNITY contâ€™d p. 7
UNITY from p. 5
THE PROBLEM: THE NOTORIOUS CLIQUES &WFSZUZQFPGPSHBOJ[BUJPOIBTUIFTBNFQSPCMFNXJUIDMJRVFTGPSNJOHBOEDBVTJOHEJWJTJPOT4PSPSJUJFTDBOPÄ™FO fall victim to such cliques. However, there are many ways to break down the barriers and fix these issues. Hereâ€™s How: t1MBOTJTUFSIPPETUIBUEJWJEFUIFNFNCFSTJOUPTNBMMUFBNTDPNQPTFEPGHJSMTGSPNEJÄŒFSFOUGSJFOEHSPVQT This will allow for girls to break out of their comfort zones and work with sisters with which they may not otherwise. t)PTUBDBOEMFMJHIUDJSDMFJOXIJDIFBDITJTUFSIPMETUIFDBOEMFBOEUFMMTIFSTUPSZÄ‡JTDBOMBTUGPSIPVSTBOE will really help to show each member that she is not allow in her struggles. t"TTJHOEJÄŒFSFOUQBJSTPGTJTUFSTFBDIXFFLBOEBTLUIFNUPIBWFBNFBMUPHFUIFSPSHSBCDPÄŒFFÄ‡JTXJMMBMMPX for a more formal and less awkward environment for sisters that do not usually hang out to do so. THE PROBLEM: DEFINING SUCCESS "TXJUINPTUJOUBOHJCMFBTQFDUTPGMJGF EFÄ•OJOHTVDDFTTJOBTPSPSJUZJTPOFPGUIFNPTUEJÄ?DVMUUBTLTUPDPORVFS BOEWJTVBMJ[F8FPÄ™FOXPOEFSXIBUJUNFBOTUPCFBUPQTPSPSJUZJOBEEJUJPOUPB1BOIFMMFOJDPSHBOJ[BUJPO8JUI so many moving parts to a sorority or fraternity, we have narrowed down some key activities that will help you to define your own success. Hereâ€™s How: t1MBDFMBSHFQJFDFTPGQBQFS QPTUFSCPBSET PSCJHQPTUJUTBSPVOEBDPNNPOSPPNXJUIUIFUJUMFTPGFBDI FYFDVUJWFQPTJUJPOPOUIFUPQ"TLTPSPSJUZNFNCFSTUPXSJUFTVHHFTUJPOTGPSJNQSPWJOHUIBUQPTJUJPOPSBSFB of the house on the sheets. Then, give these sheets to the respective members and ask them to devise a plan to implement and address the suggestions. t"TLFBDINFNCFSUPXSJUFXIFSFUIFZFOWJTJPOUIFNTFMWFTJOUFOZFBSTPOBOPUFDBSEBOEIPXUIFZTFFUIF sorority helping them get there, as well as how they do not see the sorority aiding in these endeavors. Then, strengthen these aspects of the house. t$SFBUFBTVHHFTUJPOCPYJOUIFIPVTFBOEQMBDFJUJOBDPNNPOBSFB&ODPVSBHFNFNCFSTUPBEETVHHFTUJPOT to the box. Read these suggestions at the leadership meetings each week. "MUIPVHIUIFTFTUSBUFHJFTNBZTFFNFBTJFSTBJEUIBOEPOF JNQMFNFOUJOHUIFTFBDUJWJUJFTDBONBLFHSFBUTUSJEFT in your organization. If you have additional ideas, we would love to learn about them. Send us your thoughts at email@example.com.
Why are you thankful? THE SORORITY & FRATERNITY PERSPECTIVE
“I am thankful that I never sing alone in the shower… my sisters always sing along in the next showers over.” “I am thankful that I never walk alone and always have someone who is willing to come pick me up no matter what time of day or night.” “I am thankful that I have two hundred pairs of shoulders to cry on and two hundred sisters that always have my back.” “I am thankful that I can leave the house in sweatpants riding a razor scooter with my sisters and laugh the entire way to the pizza place on any given night.”
I am thankful that I never have to buy another t-shirt again due to the insane amount of apparel my fraternity purchases.
“I am thankful that I never have to find guys to join my intramural team since my brothers always will.” THANKS cont’d p. 10 GREEK DIGEST
THANKS from p. 9
I am thankful that I always have fans at my hockey games, because my brothers never miss one.
“I am thankful that my sorority has selected my favorite animal, flower, and colors for me so I never have to decide again.” “I am thankful that I never have to wonder what it’s like to have sisters.” “I am thankful that our house mom makes me soup when I am sick.” “I am thankful that I found the perfect family that I always dreamed of as a child.”
ALUMNI: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
RYAN TYSON Attorney, Class of 2009, Kappa Sigma, Gamma Tau chapter
University: 6OJWFSTJUZPG$PMPSBEP #PVMEFS Current Occupation: "UUPSOFZ How did Greek Life help you to get where you are today? #ZIFMQJOHNFEFWFMPQUIFBCJMJUZUPSFMBUFUPB wide variety of people and make connections quickly
Do you still keep in contact with any of your brothers/sisters? If so, do you see them often? Yes I keep in contact with lots of my brothers, but I EPOUTFFUIFNBTPÄ™FOOPXUIBU*MJWFPVUPGTUBUF What advice do you have for current students in Greek life? Stop studying, go have fun.
What is your favorite Greek memory? The happiness and pride on the faces of the pledges the moment they became active members.
What lessons and values have you carried with you from Greek life? Living in a group and working toward common goals prepares you for life.
What was your favorite Greek party/event when you were in college?-VODIFTBUUIFDIBQUFSIPVTFBÄ™FS any big party were the best because everyone swaps stories about the night before
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What was your favorite Greek party/event when you were in college? Kappa Sigmaâ€™s Hollywood Party, followed by Greek Week Volleyball
THE IDEAS SECTION
MIX IT UP:
THEMES FOR ANY PARTY!
THE GREAT FRATSBY Grab your best seersucker suits and flapper dresses to party with the #VDIBOBOTBOE+BZ(BUTCZ*UKVTU does not get any classier than that.
DUCK CALLS & OVERALLS
Grab your hunting gear to head out to the barn to join the duck dynasty.
80â€™S IN ASPEN
#VOEMFVQJOZPVSQBSFOUTTLJTVJUTBOEOFPOCFBOJFT Ski into the 80â€™s with a winter wonderland straight out PG"TQFO $PMPSBEP
We have all seen the video, so dress up in your fur WFTUTBOE'SFTI1SJODFHBSCGPSBOJHIUPOUIFUPXO
THE CAREER FAIR
/PXUIBUUIFSFBMXPSMEJTDMPTFS JUJTBQFSGFDUUJNF to host a party to dress up in those token childhood dreams of being a doctor or firefighter.
Grab your friends and head on down to Margaritaville GPSB$IFFTFCVSHFSJO1BSBEJTF8FBSZPVSCFTUUSPQJDBM BQQBSFM BOEHFUSFBEZGPSB5SJQ"SPVOEUIF4VO
GREEK GOD OF THE MONTH
RENZO LAYNES Alpha Gamma Omega
Year in school: Sophomore Major: Integrative Physiology What is your favorite Greek memory? Getting through initiation with my pledge brothers, becoming part or an amazing organization, and seeing BMMPGPVSIBSEXPSLÄ•OBMMZQBZPÄŒ What lessons and values will you take with you that you acquired in Greek life? "OPSHBOJ[BUJPODBOPOMZCFTVDDFTTGVMJGJUDPOTJTUT of members who are passionate about its cause, and this is especially true for a fraternity. It doesnâ€™t matter if you have a small house or a large one, the unity and the way your brothers rally around the purposes of ZPVSGSBUFSOJUZNBLFTBMMPGUIFEJÄŒFSFODF
What is your favorite mixer, date dash, or formal theme? "%9IBEBEBUFEBTIUIBUXBTUIFNFEA$BTJOP/JHIU and we all dressed up and played poker, blackjack, and other casino games it was pretty awesome. We played for fake money that could win us real prizes. It was competitive and fun. What activities are you involved in outside of Greek life? I am involved in the Undergraduate Prehealth 1SPHSBNBOEBNBMTPBDPIPSUBOEB TUVEFOUJOUFSOGPS,BJTFS1FSNBOFOUF*BNBMTPJO$6 (MPCBM.FEJDBM#SJHBEFT BOEBNB4VQFS,MFBEFSGPS #PVMEFS$PVOUZ,MJGF $ISJTUJBONJOJTUSZ
LAYNES contâ€™d p. 16 14
GREEK GODDESS OF THE MONTH
KATHRYN MACNULTY Kappa Kappa Gamma
Year in school: 'SFTINBO Major: Integrative Physiology What is your favorite Greek memory? My favorite memories thus far were our big/little reveal and our annual philanthropy, Halloween House, which is when we decorate our sorority house for families around the community to come and play games and USJDLPSUSFBUJOUIFIPVTF What lessons and values will you take with you that you acquired in Greek life? The main lesson I have acquired would be that Iâ€™ve learned how to communicate better and am no longer afraid of meeting and talking to new people. My sisters have also helped me to break out of my shell.
How has being in a sorority shaped your college experience? Itâ€™s helped me to find a community in a school thatâ€™s so big. It has also helped to spark my interest in involvement at school and activities elsewhere. What are your plans for after college? Iâ€™m interested in nursing right now so hopefully pursuing further education in that, and I would also like to stay very involved in the community, so I can excited to see how I can do that. What are you most excited for in your sorority? I am excited to meet all kinds of new people.
MACNULTY contâ€™d p. 16 GREEK DIGEST
TOMLIN from p. 20
MIRR from p. 21
What are your plans for after college? "Ä™FSÄ•OJTIJOHNZVOEFSHSBEVBUFEFHSFF *QMBOPO applying for medical school.
What is your favorite activity to do with your brothers/sisters? I love just hanging out and talking with them, doing the normal activities, nothing too elaborate.
What advice would you give to underclassmen? Get involved with your fraternity as much as possible! Get involved with the exec board, ask for advice from the guys that are older than you about "/:5)*/( UIFZBSFTVDIBHPPESFTPVSDFEPOUMFU UIFNQBTTCZ#FBXBSFPGXIBUTHPJOHPOJOUIF*'$ Talk to your president, be engaged.When it comes to a fraternity, you get out what you put in, and there is so much to learn from this community it would be dumb not to take advantage it. What is your favorite activity to do with your brothers/sisters? Honestly, I enjoy doing anything with my brothers. Going to philanthropies and embarrassing ourselves by dancing is fun, but mostly I enjoy the awesone talks we have about life, God and pretty much anything that comes up on a daily basis. These guys are just so personable and have their heads on straight. If you were to be a Greek God or Goddess, which would you be and why? God of travel and athletics, what more could you want? FAVORITES TV Show: How I Met Your Mother $BOEZ5XJY #BOEXIPMJTUFOTUPCBOETBOZNPSF,FOESJDL Lamar Hobby: Soccer
Tell us a story that epitomizes your sisterhood. #JEEBZXBTQSFUUZVODPNGPSUBCMFKVTUCFDBVTF everyone was running around and so excited and I didnâ€™t know anyone. We were running to the house, and I was all alone getting there. We were just about at the cross walk, and I was ready to turn around because I didnâ€™t know what to do. I looked around me and smiled at some girls next to me. They introduced themselves, and since then, I have become best friends with them and know that I can go to them with anything whenever. FAVORITES 574IPX/FX(JSM $BOEZ3FFTFT #BOE-VLF#SZBO )PCCZ$PVMEFBUJOHCFBIPCCZ IBIBCVU swimming
MEET THE STAFF COCO WHAM, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
$PDP8IBNJTBTPQIPNPSFBUUIF6OJWFSTJUZPG$PMPSBEPBU#PVMEFSXIFSFTIFJTB member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She serves on the student governmentâ€™s legislative DPVODJMBOEJTPOIFSTPSPSJUZT4UBOEBSET$PNNJUUFF$PDPTQBTTJPOGPS(SFFLMJGFBOE MPWFGPSIFSTJTUFSTJOTQJSFEIFSUPDSFBUF(3&&,%*(&45UPTIBSFIFSFYQFSJFODFTXJUI Greek life and excitement for the brotherhood and the sisterhood of fraternities and sororities across the nation.
KATHERINE NORTHRUP, WRITER ,BUIFSJOF/PSUISVQJTBTPQIPNPSFBUUIF6OJWFSTJUZPG$PMPSBEPBU#PVMEFS BOEBNFNCFSPG,BQQB,BQQB(BNNB #FUB.VDIBQUFS4IFJTPSJHJOBMMZ from Lake Oswego, Oregon where she grew up skiing. Her double degree will CFJO&OWJSPONFOUBM4UVEJFTBOE#VTJOFTT.BOBHFNFOU*OUIFGBMM TIFXJMMCF XSJUJOHGPSUIF$6*OEFQFOEFOUOFXTQBQFSBOEFOKPZJOHIFSUJNFMJWJOHJOUIF Kappa house. RACHAEL JANICH, WRITER 3BDIBFM+BOJDIJTBTPQIPNPSFBUUIF6OJWFSTJUZPG$PMPSBEPBU#PVMEFS4IFJT DVSSFOUMZBNFNCFSPGUIF#FUB.VDIBQUFSPG,BQQB,BQQB(BNNB4IFIBT found her passions through the volunteer work and someday hopes to help advertise campaigns for charities.
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