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November 15, 2012 | Volume 1, Issue 8 | Seattle, WA | @TheOdyssey |


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editor's note

A TRUE GREEK To officially become members of our organizations, we went through a long process of picking our chapters, pledging and initiation to call ourselves Greek. For some, this title came long before college and is embedded deeper than an oath to our chapters could possibly reach.


commitment to his Greek culture with his fraternity and school responsibilities. “It's ironic for me to want to be an accountant, because historically Greeks aren’t trusted with money," said Dumont. "I want to go and turn the economic crisis around in Greece."

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John Dumont, a junior in Zeta Psi, has been associated with everything Greek for as long as he can remember. Growing up with a Greek Orthodox priest father, Dumont is well-versed in the culture that the organization he is a member of today was founded on so many years ago. “In theory, fraternities are based on the ideals of society— academics, social, being active," said Dumont. "These are all things growing up in the church taught me to appreciate and value." While most strive to find a balance between school, social and health, Dumont’s schedule does not match the majority of people his age. With a dedication to living as an active participant in the Greek community, Dumont splits his time between studying, working and volunteering at St. Demetrios Church in Montlake. The ambitious junior is involved in both church and competitive choir, works as a dance instructor and dances for church. “Culturally, I am a minority," said Dumont. "I work two jobs—teaching dance at church and for the UW Medical Center and I spend a lot of time at church. My list of priorities does not look like an average college kid, but I do what is important to me." Despite spending roughly 15 hours at church every week, he has remained an active member in his fraternity. “The guys in the house have become my family," he said. "If you are living in an apartment or dorm by yourself, you don’t have the chance to get into such a large yet tight-knit community right away. I have a huge group of friends to network with who have my back.” Dumont was drawn to Zeta Psi as a freshman for a variety of reasons including the chapter’s commitment to academics, the huge range of men he connected with while rushing and a fellow Greek (both culturally and socially) alum. “One of the reasons I joined was because of a very active alum I knew," said Dumont. "He is well-known in the Greek community and supported going Greek, so I figured it was a good idea to join.” He has never regretted his decision and speaks highly of the wide array of men he has met and friendships he has been able to form. One of his closest friends and fraternity brothers even happens to share his last name. Dumont’s younger brother, Athanasios, joined Zeta Psi in 2011. A proactive student, Dumont had big plans for his sophomore year. Knowing he wanted to study abroad during his college career, he set his sights on the CHID program to Ioannina, Greece in high school. He has never considered another program or location. While Dumont was the only member of his fraternity to participate in the program, he felt it was a good opportunity to really connect with his homeland and diversify his social circle. “It was great to expand my circle of friends, meet other Greeks and non-Greeks and make friendships I wouldn’t have had the chance to make otherwise,” Dumont said. Now back in Seattle working on his accounting degree, he continues to balance his



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If you have ever been curious how gratifying it would be to force a pie, piled with whipped cream, into someone’s face, mark your calendars for next year’s “Pie an AEPi,” and you’ll finally get to act upon that childhood desire. This event was part of Alpha Epsilon Pi’s week-long philanthropy event, which took place Oct. 22-26. Clothes and blankets donated during the week went to Seattle Children's Hospital, and money used to purchase each pie was donated to various breast-cancer awareness and education efforts.

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greek life traditions

GREEK OF THE WEEK: KATIE DECKER, PI BETA PHI With Thanksgiving break right around the corner, it is safe to say that most of us have mentally skipped right past these holidays straight to everyone’s favorite time of year: Christmas. If the 20-plus pictures of Starbucks holiday cups I saw on Instagram (in the same day) are any indication, most of us eagerly anticipate the holiday season regardless of religion or beliefs. At the University of Washington, students have an amazing opportunity to further their education and work toward creating a successful future (regardless of their past.) In the Greek community, we are especially fortunate for spacious housing, an endless supply of food and not having to think twice about things like paying the electrical bill or if we’re going to have enough running water. Unfortunately, for many, the holidays can be a time of stress and anxiety rather than joy and celebration. Countless families struggle to find a balance between making ends meet and the desire to make the holidays special for their loved ones. The beauty of the holiday season, however, is that rather than just receiving, it is primarily a time of giving. Katie Decker, sophomore and member of Pi Beta Phi, has firsthand experience when it comes to giving back to the community and making a few Christmas wishes come true. Ever since elementary school, Decker and her family have contributed to Christmas Hampers, an organization run through their church that donates used clothes and toys to those in need. Decker started out as a volunteer, but eventually her parents adopted the program and are now in charge of it every year. The program operates through a group of companies that provide the contact information of underprivileged families. From there, volunteers contact the families and get basic information such as the family members’ gender, age, etc. “Basically, we put each families’ information (i.e. age, gender and wish list) on a paper Christmas ornament all on one tree. People come through our church and pick the ornaments off, adopting a family/person and providing them with Christmas presents," said Decker. In addition to providing Christmas presents, the organization also contributes nonperishable food items and ingredients for a traditional Christmas dinner. These items include butter, milk, ham or turkey, potatoes and even a tray of homemade cookies. To many of us, the program may seem rather simplistic, but for the families involved it can make their entire holiday season. “One time, a little girl called for her mom


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because she could not speak English and immediately asked ‘Are you going to be my Santa this year?’" said Decker. "You could tell she was so excited; without the program, she might not have had that.” If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard a girl say, "I wish Pinterest was my closet," Pinterest literally could be my closet. What you may not realize is that people right in our own community would love to have your wardrobe, or at least a few new items to keep them warm and dry. As the holiday season approaches, if you find that your closet is getting a little too crammed or you see the sweater from your great aunt Sally that you will never actually wear, let Christmas Hampers take it off your hands. "Each year, my chapter supports me by going through their closets and donating the items that are too small, outdated or that they simply don’t wear," said Decker. "Usually I just make an announcement at chapter, set up a donation box in my room, and we go from there.” Even if you don’t have any clothing items to spare, there are plenty of ways you can get involved. “ We h a v e n u m e ro u s volunteers who provide trucks for deliveries, people who set up tables, tape up boxes, etc." said Decker. "There is a job for everyone.” So, in addition to writing your own wish list and watching Elf on repeat, start thinking of ways you can give back to those around you. After all, it’s not the gift but the thought behind it that really counts.

philanthropy & service


MAKING A DIFFERENCE The leaves are turning orange, football season is nearing its end, the first round of midterms Delta Chi is over, pledge season is in full swing and Jordan is a senior studying human fraternities and sororities relations. You may contact him at are beginning to initiate their freshmen. Soon, we will dive into winter quarter and the school year will be more than a third of the year over. Crazy, right?


Though time seems to fly while we’re in college, and everyone seems to always be busy in some way or another, there is always time to do something to make a difference be it in the community, for your chapter, for yourself or for your school. The time to look at how to do this is right now. Greeks have traditionally been able to benefit society through community service and philanthropy events. However, there are other ways do get out there and make a difference as well, and I’d like to encourage all who read this to think about what they can do to better their chapter and the Greek community as a whole. To start, I’ll touch a little bit on community service and philanthropy. Generally, every chapter has requirements for their members to complete volunteer hours and for their house to put on a philanthropy event. Because of the fact that these are both requirements to be completed each year, and some each quarter, they are often overlooked and not given much importance. This should not be the case. Although community service may seem boring and monotonous, the truth is that the volunteer hours each Greek member puts in truly do affect other people in a positive manner. If you go and serve food to the homeless, you are helping more than 100 community members eat a warm meal in the span of just four hours. When was the last time you got to help that many people in such a short period of time? If you and some of your chapter members clean a street, you are making that street look better for the thousands of people who use it every day, as well as setting a good example for those seeing you clean it up. One of the best parts about being Greek is the opportunity to help other people through community service. Instead of volunteering simply because it is required, think of the impact your help has on a lot of people. Taking a different perspective can help both your motivation to volunteer and also help you understand the difference you are making in your community. Also, something often overlooked is the fact that on a resume, volunteer hours and community service can put you above every other applicant. If an employer is making a decision on several employees, ultimately the fact that you went the extra mile to help your community could land you a job. There is much more to volunteering than doing it simply because it is required. In the same respect, philanthropy is extremely important and has a significant impact on the community and organization—it makes a difference! Putting on a philanthropy event shouldn’t be viewed as something to be done merely because your chapter always does it, but again because it allows you to benefit other people. Philanthropy is just one example that sets Greek students apart, and that reason alone should be enough to put as much effort as possible toward making your philanthropy successful. But, beyond just raising money for a foundation, there are a lot of other personal benefits to be gained from participating in your chapter’s philanthropy. Being part of a

committee, marketing the event and raising money for charity are all applicable skills that are used in the business world every day. If you play a role in your philanthropy and it is successful, this looks great on a resume, as well as for your chapter. Again, putting things into a new perspective can really shed some light onto things you may not have thought about before! Making a difference in the community is vital both to your chapter and to becoming a well-rounded person. I urge all chapters to have their freshmen get involved and to take things such as philanthropy and volunteering seriously and with a positive perspective. The reason people look up to Greeks is because we are successful and we do whatever necessary to ensure that. We are leaders, and we are proud to be. But, setting a good example and portraying the quality of leadership is not easy and requires hard work.

Getting involved, and doing so with a good attitude, is essential to continuing our legacy as leaders and will help ensure that we pave the way for future Greeks to continue that trend as well. Get involved, have fun with it, take it seriously and make a difference!


debate & discuss

FEELING SANDY ON THE WEST COAST A tragedy on American soil of the same order of magnitude as the recent Superstorm Sandy hasn’t been seen since 2005, when Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. Despite our vast technological advances as a species, we are still vulnerable to crippling acts of nature at any time, as Sandy has so forcefully reminded us. Hurricane season is the only time when we Seattleites are allowed to boast about our weather patterns, emanating the assurance that the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains keeps us protected from major storms. But even here in our isolated corner of the nation, we will still feel the impact of Sandy. This makes it worth taking steps to try and understand what it will mean for all of us. The unfortunate timing of the storm, a week before the presidential election, meant that news coverage quickly turned from storm coverage to coverage of Sandy’s impact on the election. This was understandable at the time, but left a gap in the informational efficiency of our national media, failing to fully educate Americans on what has happened to the East Coast. To try and understand the impact of Superstorm Sandy, I thought it would be helpful to become generally knowledgeable about big storms and how they are depicted. Honestly, it was about as helpful as the people who work behind counters at gas stations (not helpful at all), but I tried my hardest to sift through all the clutter and find some real information. Hurricanes are categorized via the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, which ranges from tropical depression at the mild end, to level five hurricane on the strongest. This scale is the most popular way to describe and rank big storms, which is unfortunate because it fits perfectly in the category of “ranking methods that became dated when computers revamped statistical analysis but are still somehow used." A list that also includes box office revenue, high school GPAs and the electoral college.

Saffir-Simpson categorizes hurricanes solely on their wind speeds; this is problematic because hurricanes that wreak havoc don’t do so because of their wind speeds, that’s more of a tornado thing. Most tornadoes would be categorized as level five hurricanes by Saffir-Simpson. With hurricanes, the damages incurred tend to be more tied to the waves as tall as fraternities that slam coastlines and the massive scale of the storms.

person job loss in, the greatest since the Great Depression. If you multiply this by the 2008 median household income, about $55,380 as reported by the Census Bureau, we saw more than $450 billion in lost income. This is more than triple the estimated losses of Sandy, but has devastated the economy for the last four years.

Sandy’s maximum diameter was more than a thousand miles and affected 23 states, which is a little less than half of the country. Due to relatively mild wind speeds (by hurricane standards; I have no intention of trying to downplay 100 mph), Sandy spent most of its time over land categorized as a level one hurricane, which would put it, as well as Katrina and Irene, on the milder side of these storms.

While the economic struggles have been felt relatively evenly across the nation, Sandy was focused on the northeast. The recession also led to a $700 billion economic recovery plan (arguably the biggest in the history of our county). According to the New York Times, the federal government has about $12 billion set aside for disaster relief, which will help with immediate needs in New York and New Jersey. But

Seeing these rankings, I decided to throw out this whole system under the impression that in order to get an accurate depiction of a big storm like this, the only option was to actually research and learn. This could be part of the reason why media coverage transitioned so quickly to be about the storm and the election, because “researching and learning” tends not to be a target demographic of the national media. If it was, prime time television would not be filled with so many shows like The X-Factor. The fact of the matter is, under unanimous agreement from almost every news source and prominent scientist, Sandy was a massive event and the effects will be felt for a long while. You could even make the argument that the impact of Sandy on America will be larger than that of the presidential election. You would lose that argument, but the fact that the opportunity is there says something on its own. According to CNN, 8 million Americans were left without power, at least 106 dead in the U.S. and $30-50 billion in economic damages. To put that into perspective, the recession of 2008 led to an 8.4 million-

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money does not come out of nowhere, so this deficiency in funds is going to have to be made up from somewhere to get the economy of our biggest city back on track. This is one of the ways in which Sandy could seriously indirectly affect us. With massive looming issues like the fiscal cliff awaiting the new 113th Congress, Sandy will not only be economically relevant, but could also change the direction of our country. Here’s to hoping it’s for the better. Karma-wise, I’d say Sandy owes us one.

fashion trends

ALIVE AND WELL SKATES INTO CAPITOL HILL Located just slightly east of downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill has historically been the site of Seattle’s most unique facets. The area is most widely known for its well-established gay community, vibrant night life and breathtaking scenery and architecture.

However, Capitol Hill has more recently become a central fixture in Seattle’s fashion industry as shops have continuously sprung up along business-heavy streets. Pike Street (which flows seamlessly into East Pike Street), has developed into a hub for small clothing boutiques that offer merchandise seldom found in department stores. One of these stores in particular, Alive and Well, has allowed Capitol Hill to continue developing its progressive image with a style and swagger to match. Alive and Well may be relatively new to the Capitol Hill community, opening its doors for business on Feb. 1, but since then it has comfortably situated itself as a business against which others are measured. Owned by Marcus Lalario, Dan Eyler, Steve Gonzales, George Otto and Zack Prucha, Alive and Well emerged from a collective desire to build a business representative of Seattle and the Northwest, to provide highly sought-after clothing brands for customers and to start a clothing brand of their own. Both Otto and Gonzales had previous experience working for Goods, a clothing boutique which closed its doors in February of 2012, and thus were well-equipped to begin a venture of their own. Following the business model of popular brands like Supreme and Diamond Supply Co., which began as small clothing retailers while promoting their own products, Alive and Well aims to cultivate its own line of apparel while providing exclusive lines to Seattle residents. Exclusive brands include Huf, Black Scale, Actual Pain, Fitted Hawaii and Hall of Fame. Alive and Well chooses to retail anywhere between six and eight brands at one time. “Selective outreach is key," said Otto. "We don’t want to spread ourselves too thin because then it is no longer an exclusive store.” Looking toward the future, Otto says that there is a clear path that their store is following. First and foremost, the focus will always be on developing the Alive and Well clothing brand. Although the store has an excellent partnership with the aforementioned brands, the ultimate goal is to own a store that sells primarily Alive and Well products with a limited run of other goods. But what sets Alive and Well apart from other Seattle boutiques? Unlike most clothing stores in Seattle, Alive



Nolan is a junior studying political science. You may contact him at and Well is primarily a skate shop. Rather than simply selling clothing, the Alive and Well team offers an in-depth knowledge of not only their brands, but how those brands fit within the larger culture of skate fashion and skate performance. This mentality translates perfectly into Alive and Well’s management and promotion of its store-sponsored skate team. Featured at local events and competitions, the Alive and Well skate team is the perfect outlet for the store to not only advertise its product, but analyze its merchandise in terms of how it contributes to the development of the industry and performance of skateboarding. In addition to sponsoring its own team, Alive and Well has worked toward establishing a tradition of holding in-store events that feature famous musicians, skateboarders and collaborations with other brands. In its short nine months of operation, Alive and Well has already hosted meet-and-greets with rising rap artists Dom Kennedy, Casey Veggies, Geo from Blue Scholars and Nacho Picasso, among many others. More recently, Alive and Well has adopted a once-a-month event with Supra Footwear, which will feature a similarly styled meet-and-greet with skateboard greats Terry Kennedy and Chad Muska. Each of these events continue to develop and expand, including collaborations with other local businesses and clubs to provide an enjoyable experience for customers that will increase the visibility of

Alive and Well in the Capitol Hill community and greater Seattle area. You can find Alive and Well on Aliveandwellsea, Twitter @aliveandwellsea, Instagram @aliveandwellsea and online at www.aliveandwellsea. com.


sports talk

7 REASONS NOT TO COUNT OUT HUSKY BASKETBALL With the eighth and 25th picks in the 2012 NBA Draft, hope of any serious championship aspirations for Lorenzo Romar’s squad seemingly evaporated. The explosively athletic wing, Terrence Ross, and the enigmatic point guard with a Sistine Chapel-sized ceiling, Tony Wroten, each went in the first round of the NBA draft last June. Their respective decisions to forego the rest of their college careers along with an underwhelming incoming freshmen class has left Husky basketball with its biggest lack of talent in nearly a decade. The departure of Ross and Wroten is not only statistically devastating as the team will look to replicate the nearly 33 points, 11 rebounds and five assists per game the two combined for last season, but leaves the team without the two players who defined the identity of the scoring attack for the Pac-12 regular season champions. Proportionately, the dynamic duo combined to take 43 percent of the team’s shots, scored 43 percent of the team’s points, assisted another 38 percent of the total assists and rebounded 29 percent of the team’s boards. But hope remains, Husky fans. And here are seven reasons why:

1) Statistics are replaced, not players -

If the 20122013 team wants to score at the 75.2 ppg pace that placed them at 34th in the nation last season, they need not look to two individuals to replace the numbers of Ross and Wroten. Similar to how the Oakland A’s looked to replace the production of Johnny Damon and Jason Giambi after the 2001 MLB season as detailed in Michael Lewis’ book Moneyball, the aggregate of the duo’s production is the target to be replaced, not the exact talent. And while there is no talent quite like Ross and Wroten on the 2012-13 squad, there are several players waiting in the wings to take on a higher load of shots.

2) Addition by Subtraction -

The 2011-2012 Huskies were as infinitely frustrating to watch at times as often as they were brilliant. The team looked to Ross and Wroten to make a play on offense instead of using the talent of the two to create open looks for the capable players around them. And while I pointed out the high percentages of offense supplied by the duo last season, their highest contribution was to the team’s turnovers, at 44 percent of the team’s total. Wroten attributed to 28 percent of the turnovers alone, in addition to shooting 58 percent at the free throw line while taking 33 percent of the team’s overall free throws. His frequency of empty production may be enough to supplant the loss of scoring Wroten provided last season.

3) Scott Suggs is Back! - The loss of Scott Suggs prior

to last season put a damper on the team’s ability to stretch the floor and exploit the drive-and-kick situations that the ability of Wroten would inevitably supply. In 20102011, Suggs averaged 1.4 made three-pointers per game at a sweltering 45 percent clip. That kind of production, along with one of the best shooters in the conference, CJ Wilcox (2.28 3PM a game), will create lineups that


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space the floor and allow for UW's big young men and penetrating guards to clean up in the lane.

shot that might parallel Charles Barkley’s golf swing, and a very small set of post moves. But no one is asking Aziz to score in double figures, as his most effective set of skills is his measurables. Seven feet tall, 260 pounds and a five-minute mile time equal a problem for any offense to have to consider as they attack the Huskies in the paint. If he rebounds and blocks shots at an increased level and converts the easy baskets he will see, N’Diaye could find himself on an NBA roster next season and help the Dawgs immensely against teams like UCLA, Arizona and Colorado with elite scorers down low.

7) The Career Arcs of Quincy Pondexter and 4) CJ Wilcox - The aforementioned Wilcox is poised to Abdul Gaddy - A five-star prospect who didn’t even sniff be the new go-to guy on offense. This player in a Romar offense has typically been in the mold of a driving guard who can knock down an open shot (see Roy, Brandon or Pondexter, Quincy or Thomas, Isaiah), but Wilcox looks to lead the Dawgs in scoring as a truly elite shooter. Jeff Goodman of recently rated Wilcox as the nation’s 11th-ranked shooter, good enough for tops in the Pac-12. Wilcox is no doubt at his best shooting from the perimeter and has shown an increased ability to handle the ball and drive to the basket throughout his career at UW. If this niche skill is realized, it could lead to a lot of extra points as Wilcox has averaged 83 percent from the free throw line in his two years as a Husky. He also is probably the team’s best athlete and will be a factor in producing turnovers this season.

5) The New High Post Offense -

Lorenzo Romar and the UW coaching staff have implemented a new offensive philosophy. For the past nine years, the team has primarily run what is known as a motion offense, where there weren’t as much set plays as set rules for motion within each player’s position on the court. As Romar stated in an interview last August with Seattle Times writer Percy Allen, "I don't think we have as many guys as we've had in the past that could just put it on the floor and make plays." This is certainly the case as this edition of UW men’s basketball has much more of a set of role players than dynamic individual talents like they have had in the past. The new offense will be characterized by the point guard primarily handling the ball and the player in the high post reading the defense and making plays, ideally to get open shots for capable shooters like Suggs and Wilcox. The new offense promises to bring a little more structure to an attack that looked to stall if Ross and Wroten weren’t hitting shots last season.

6) Aziz N’Diaye’s Learning Curve -

Aziz N’Diaye is physically the most gifted center in the Pac-12. No other team has a 7-foot, 260-pound big man with as much experience in conference play as N’Diaye does. He has gone from the enormous yet clumsy player he came in as to the enormous, still clumsy, potentially dominant player he is now. Every game for N’Diaye has seemed like a well-attended practice—he is literally learning as he plays. He is still limited on offense, with a jump

his potential until deep in his junior season as a Husky before becoming an All-Conference player carrying a team to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament—such is the abbreviated story of Quincy Pondexter at Washington, and, to a degree, all but one of the chapters of the Abdul Gaddy saga at Washington. Gaddy came in to the program a baby-faced freshman in 2009 as the No. 2-rated point guard in the nation behind only current Washington Wizard John Wall. Gaddy’s stint at UW has been solid, but he has not been anywhere near the conversation as the program-changing talent that he was billed to be. Gaddy has shown flashes of near-brilliance. Before getting hurt as a sophomore, he averaged 40 percent from the three, he showed he could be the top of the arc scorer to compliment Isaiah Thomas at the point. Taking on more of the true point guard role last season, he averaged 5.2 assists a game, including 7.67 in his final six games. Mirror that with the play of Quincy Pondexter at the end of his junior season. Pondexter averaged 12 points per game that season. He absolutely took over in his two NCAA tournament games where he averaged 21.5 points and nine rebounds per game, showing everyone the type of player they should expect heading into his senior season. The situations surrounding the two players are different, sure. Pondexter was much more of a true scorer than Gaddy will ever be, but the elevation of play at the end of the season from each inspires the idea that Gaddy, now the unquestioned leader of a team for the first time in his career, can perform at an All-Conference level. Gaddy’s potential to realize the hype he came into the program with comes as the last bullet point for good reason as it serves as the key for any serious aspirations that UW has this season. His production has to be high in order for the Dawgs to get contributions from the array of new faces UW will be relying on this season. These seven reasons provide enough to go out to Alaska Airlines Arena this season and enjoy the always fun-towatch Lorenzo Romar-coached basketball team. The Dawgs are picked to finish fifth in the conference, and most pundits have them missing the NCAA tournament for the second season in a row. This season figures to be Romar’s most challenging in terms of talent, but the potential is there to overcome the obstacles UW faces.

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15 REASONS TO BE THANKFUL FOR YOUR SISTERS With Thanksgiving break coming up next week, many of us are packing up and going home to spend the holidays with family or friends. In the spirit of the holiday, here are some of the infinite reasons to give thanks for your sisters:

1. Open closet policy. Enough said. If you’re like me, you open your closet every day and see nothing appealing. Fortunately, your roommates have lots of cute clothes, and after a quick text to make sure it’s okay, you dig in. Voilá, instant new wardrobe. 2. They get you Gatorade and food when you’re sick. Once word gets out that you’re in bed sick, your phone is blowing up with texts asking if you need anything from the Ave. What color Gatorade? What kind of chicken soup? The next best thing to your own mother taking care of you.

3. You always have someone to walk to class with. There will never be a dull

moment walking to class. Just before leaving the house, you ask, “Is anyone going to Kane?” It doesn’t actually matter because everyone will walk with you anyway, and it’s truly the saddest moment when you have to part ways between Savery and Kane.

4. No one cares when you sing along with the radio in the shower. 100.7 The Wolf will always be on when I’m showering, and if I'm not singing, guaranteed someone else is. No judgment.

5. They are always ready when you forget a scantron for your midterm. This has only happened to me once, but it’s a sickening feeling. Do you have time to run to Suzzallo Café before class? Sure, if you want to chance it. Luckily your sister has an extra, and an extra No. 2 pencil.

6. They always have your back when it comes to guys. When things don’t always

turn out how you thought, your sisters are always there to support you. They bring you tissue, listen to you vent and act as

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7. If you’re not from Seattle, they offer to bring you home on the weekend. Since I’m not from around here, I feel so fortunate that my local sisters are constantly offering to take me home for a home-cooked meal and free laundry. Sometimes all you need is a little quiet time, and if you can’t have that at your own house because you live too far away, your sisters are understanding and hospitable.

8. Missing a meal? Your sisters make the best late plates. Not me, specifically,

because I never know what to put on salads, how much dressing, croutons or not… But if you’re stuck in class, at work or in a meeting, all you have to do is text a sister and, next thing you know, there is a late plate waiting in the fridge for you—and it’s always good.

9. You have something in common with each of them, whether you know it or not. One of the greatest things about being a member of a sorority is the variety of people you meet and get to know. There are countless women with whom you would never have been able to connect without the sorority experience, and meeting people different from yourself is invaluable. And conversely, you have a commonality with each of your sisters, even if you don’t know it yet!

10. You’ll never miss an issue of Cosmo, the Nordstrom catalog or Victoria's Secret coupons. The mailroom is never without

the latest magazine or catalog. Once your sisters are done reading and perusing, there’s no doubt they’ll let you do the same.

11. Your boyfriend is basically their boyfriend. I love that my chapter has been so receptive to my boyfriend. When


they’re in the same classes, they study together, and when he comes over, they say hi and he’s excited to see them, too. In fact, all of the boyfriends are really the house’s boyfriends.

to stay in, your sisters will share some popcorn, cuddle on your bed and catch up on Gossip Girl.

you’re riding solo, chances are you have a sister who will be more than willing to set you up with her boyfriend’s friend, a friend in a fraternity or even a friend not in a fraternity. You will never be dateless, unless you want to be, so don’t forget to thank the sisters that help you find a date who could potentially become a friend.

can lend a ride and pick you up, even if it’s just from a bus stop, and they accept Starbucks as payment.

14. Your sisters pick you up after a late shift so you don’t have to walk or take the 12. And if you don’t have a boyfriend, bus. No one wants to walk up the viaduct they are always willing to set you up. If from U Vill at 11 p.m. Thankfully, a sister

13. There is always someone to go out with or stay in with, whatever mood

you’re in. Let’s be honest, you’re not always in the mood to go out. But if you are, at least one of your sisters wants to, too. You can get ready together and plan out the night. And if you do want

15. They will be your sisters forever, no matter what. No matter what happens,

your sisters will always care about you and will always be there for you. Not everyone can say that they have friends who have sworn to be loyal. When you’re having a bad day, let your sisters support you and make you feel better. Let them help you grow and become a better person, and help them do the same!


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COS-FAUX-POLITAN: THE GUY AND GIRL CYCLE So here’s the scenario: You meet a cute guy and you seem to be hitting it off, he even asks for your Delta Gamma number. You eagerly await his first text, and Sarah is a sophomore studying finally, a few days later, communications and journalism. You he sends you message. may contact her at You respond and then wait... And wait... And wait some more for his response. As you get to talking more often, you realize that you spend more time anxiously hoping he will text you back than actually talking to him.


We begin to develop “Cos-faux-politan” syndrome, or overanalyzing every last detail. Is he ignoring you? Why’d he send a winky emoji? Does that mean he likes you? Did you say something wrong? The status says "read," maybe he’s busy? But what’s he doing? Whether a guy is intentionally playing games with you or you are just being a girl and reading between the lines, he’s confusing you and you become more and more intrigued and attached. In some cases, texting sprees quickly fizzle out and you’re left to deeply read into why this has occurred. In other cases, getting to know someone through texting leads you to hang out at parties and eventually hook up. And in some situations, true relationships can blossom. Ultimately, this is where “the cycle” begins: Girl falls for guy, the relationship or hookups are fun, guy breaks girl’s heart in some manner, girl is a mess, guy texts girl, girl is sucked back in and falls for guy again. We’ve all been in this situation or experienced being the go-to shoulder to cry on for weeks. But why do the girls keep going back? Magazines like Cosmopolitan and Glamour tell us the signs to pick up on a guy’s every signal, how to read body language and how to act in order to snag a prince charming. We have this fantasy that we’re out of high school, and our future husband could potentially be three doors down or sitting next to us in class. But let’s be real here, we are still in our early 20s, and the majority of college boys are not ready for the type of relationships girls are making wedding boards for on Pinterest. So when you do find someone on a similar page as you, you get your hopes up that he wants more than just a hookup and quickly fall for him. And then when he breaks your heart, it hurts. So if it’s clear that we will continually get our hopes up and eventually get hurt, then why do we still go back to them? Of course you’re vulnerable at the time, but if it didn’t work the first time, that should be a clear sign that it probably won’t work again. The more times you get hurt, you begin to question if you’re not good enough or what’s wrong with you. The truth of the matter is that boys and girls are simply on different pages at this point in life, and you have to accept that sometimes a relationship just isn’t meant to be. It is easier said than done to be strong. Most of the time, what you’re holding on to isn’t actually there anymore. You keep vicariously living through the good memories you had, but that shouldn’t be enough to let you forget about the times he hurt you in some manner. You have to picture yourself from someone else’s perspective. If one of your sorority sisters were having this dilemma, it would be easy to tell her this guy isn’t worth her time and she deserves so much better. It is the same for you in your situation, whether you believe it or not. If someone really wants to be a part of your life, they’ll clearly make that known, and it will not be by sending you an emoji every now and again. From that very first exchange of text messages, you have the option of breaking the Cosmo way of handling the situation. Treat them like you would any other person you text. Instead of always texting him first and incessantly, keep your cool and try and remain a bit of a mystery. This will spark his curiosity toward you so he can actually wonder what you’re doing and want to know rather than you spewing paragraphs of your daily agendas at him.

In general, try and watch the lengths of your texts. After texting anyone for a short time, you can see how their style is; the length, consistency, etc. You should try and match it and forget all the outrageous texting rules like how long you should wait before replying depending on how long he took. Regardless of which party is playing games, or if both people are straightforward from the get go, college relationships are just difficult. Especially within the Greek system, which makes school feel much smaller. You just have to remember that even though we are young adults, we are still young. There is a whole new dating scene outside of college, and the world is a big place. My mom was an Alpha Delta Pi at UW during her college career, and she experienced the same dating scene as we do now. She said it was tough at the time and can sympathize when I’m upset about a boy. She always consoles me and reminds me that once I'm graduated or in grad school, college drama seems as insignificant as high school drama does now. My mom didn’t marry my dad until she was 27, which may seem like awhile, but she is still happily married today, and I think that is more important. Just remember that even though breakups and being led on are extremely hurtful and hard to move past, you can’t start the next chapter in your life if you’re still re-reading the last one.

laugh out loud

SO, WHAT CLASSES ARE YOU TAKING? “What’s your major? Do you like your sorority? How was rush?" I usually ask these questions—and in the order they are listed, too. Does it make me relatively sad and uninteresting? Maybe. But it certainly doesn’t make me one-of-a-kind.

I know they are cliché, but that is only because they have been asked so many times, kind of like asking the red dressed, blonde lady at the bar if you can buy her a drink. What was once a great set of questions a very long time ago has turned into a social epidemic. A sickness spread by boredom, lack of confidence and mostly freshmen. To better understand the context of these questions


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and their place in our social life, I will run you through a hypothetical situation. It is an average Thursday, all your studying is done, and you are excited to get the night started. Jump in the shower, have a few drinks and put your party pants on. We are making stories for the grandchildren, boys. Now you find yourself in the basement toying with the blissful thought of having no clue where the night will take you, when you notice a beautiful girl standing in a circle with a few friends. She is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before: skirt, blouse, wedges and a stylish wrist fob painted purple and gold. She is perfect. So what happens many times in these initial interactions? “Hey! Where are you from? What classes are you taking?” If it was painful reading those words, then you can take comfort in knowing that it was equally, if not more painful, writing them. Here is the problem—and it’s not necessarily that you’re boring—the questions you are about to ask first surfaced


circa 1920, and that is dullness by association. Instead of pursuing a witty remark, you have defaulted to some comforting conversation starters. The kind you ask on a blind date that you don’t want to be on. Is this to say that everyone has been guilty of headlining with these? No, but it is important that we are conscientious of our clichés (that is why I make an attempt to keep my "YOLOs" down to less than 15 a day). Look, this isn’t every guy, it may not even be the majority of guys, but at one point or another most of us have carried out conversations in this fashion. I am calling for a new way of thinking, an order so original and beautiful that we won’t need to ask these things for at least four minutes into the conversation. Starting today, we are going to fill our basements with shrouds of interesting, original and probably uncomfortable conversations ultimately ending the social parasite that is the aforementioned generic questions. I hope that in the near future, we won’t be subject to the sheepish nature of such questions and instead move forward to asking much more interesting ones like, “What is your minor?”


laugh out loud

@RobinMcCauley: A woman started choking in the line at Starbucks- it was so scary but thankfully someone opened another register.

@RowdyGentleman: A Rowdy Gentleman will occasionally pick up a hitchhiker, only because he needs a designated driver.

@HilariousTed: I’m surprised Cinderella didn’t become a psycho killer because I’ve seen some women go crazy when they’ve lost a shoe.

@EmilyTumen: Friendship: driving your friend one class to the other in order to avoid ruining a spray tan from the rain #priorities

@CollegeTownLife: Hey girls doing the whole fake mustache thing...stop. #CTL

@JennyJohnsonHi5: I wish someone would tell Brad Pitt he’s not an architect or a furniture designer. It’s getting embarrassing.

@emtahlier: My fake ID’s hometown is being featured on Hurricane Sandy updates. Stay safe, fake family and friends (also real people). @CharleyGarber: You bring nothing to the table. The sorting hat would probably put you in Hufflepuff. @alexfas26: The most non-Greek part of any cell phone would be the kickstand on the Samsung galaxy @trevso_electric: **FOUR MORE YEARS** until Kendall Jenner can drink

@BenSR1: “How much does Puerto Rico cost”, “Where is Puerto Rico”, “Is Tagg even a legit name”, “PBJ recipe”--Romney’s recent Google searches

@SethMacFarlane: People who say you’re “Crushing it” - what you’re also crushing is my will to live.

@rudolphseger: Don’t understand why America can’t get behind the extremely solid idea of having a siesta every day

@DamienFahey: If you piss me off in the grocery store I will get in front of you in the checkout line and pay for a single tomato with a personal check.

@JamesFunk317: If I ever meet Skip Bayless I’m going to ask to get my picture taken with him... then I’m going to punch him in his face.

@juliussharpe: Most of Mitt Romney’s foreign policy knowledge comes from the summer after college when he -briefcased through Europe.

@MensHumor: Every Thursday night I go out, forgetting about last Friday morning.

@ConanOBrien: I saw the time travel movie Looper. I saw it twice, the day it came out and when they rereleased it in 2044.


December 22 - January 19 You are a 7 this week. Football is winding up and tailgates will be no more. Travel or attend the last game of the year, you will meet someone new.


January 20 - February 18 You are an 8 this week! You are on fire! Ahead in your classes and still going out every night, this weekend will be one for the record books.


February 19 - March 20 You are a 4 this week. Feel sluggish and lazy you have fallen behind. Now you will be staying in this week to catch up on assignments that you have procrastinated on.


March 21 - April 19 You are a 6 this week. You are finally seeing the light after the past few busy weeks. Take advantage of this and try something new, like joining a new campus organization.





April 20 - May 20 You are a 3 this week. You are dragging in a rut, be sure to be optimistic and conquer each day. The higher the goals you set for yourself, the more you will accomplish this week. May 21 - June 20 You are a 5 this week. Just seem like you are always getting by, but doing nothing spectacular. Take on something new and different for everyone to know your name.


June 21 - July 22 You are a 4 this week. Sure, there have been misfortunes this week as always, but you can’t let that stop you. Keep your eye above the forrst so you aren’t stuck wading through the trees.


July 23 - August 22 You are a 6 this week. You have put in the work and now time for the reward. Whether it is the extra time in that class, the dozen of resumes, or a new beau, your efforts are sure to pay off this week.

August 23 - September 22 You are a 5 this week. Even though you aren’t feeling the best, you are working like a 10! You know that the harder you work and the sacrifices you make now will come back ten fold in the near future. September 23 - October 22 You are a 7 this week. It seems you put in minimal effort unlike your counterparts, but still reaping the reward! Take pride, but don’t assume this will always be this easy, it’s preparing you for a larger task.


October 23 - November 21 You are a 7 this week. Finally relationship issues are settled out this week be it romantic or just friends. Be sure to not burn any bridges though, they have a way of stirring up trouble at the least opportune moment.


November 22 - December 21 You are a 6 this week. Seems you didn’t take my advice last week in getting to know the new crush. Respect and honest is key in building any new relationship, be sure to give them another chance.

The Washington Odyssey 11.15.12  
The Washington Odyssey 11.15.12  

The November 15th issue of The Odyssey Newspaper at Washington