Valuable Advice from a TSM writer

Recruitment is stressful, and a little bit of advice goes a long way.

1. Just because your mom/best friend/sister/favorite teacher was in a certain sorority (either at that school or at a different school) and had an amazing time, it doesn’t mean you will automatically have an awesome time there, too.
Sororities change reputations, attitudes, and personalities all the time as they cycle in and out new pledge classes. Twenty years ago, that sorority may have been perfect for your mom. Four years ago, it may have been perfect for your sister. But this year, recruitment is about YOU. Forget what everyone else says. Go to the parties, meet the girls, and decide at the end of each day which girls you genuinely clicked with, were impressed by, and actually would want to hang out with every day.

2. There is no such thing as “tiers” or “popular” in college.
You graduated high school, so leave the high school drama and shit behind you. You are coming into this huge new place, full of people you don’t know. You’re probably a little scared and desperate to make the “right” choice, but at a school with 50,000–or even just 5,000–people, there is no possible way for any sorority to be full of solely “popular” girls who everyone likes. It is actually impossible for anyone to have hundreds of legitimate friends. That being said, join the sorority you actually like with the girls you actually like. Whichever group you join, if you decide based on the people rather than reputation or rumors, you will make a ton of new friends who you actually get along with. If you join a “top” house just because you’re scared to be in a “bottom” house, you will end up regretting it when you feel like an outsider–you’ll end up finding most of your friends in other houses anyway. Save yourself the confusion and choose the group you click with the first time.

3. DON’T spend the rest of this summer trying to starve yourself, work out a ton, tan as much as you can, or change yourself in any way.
A lot of people will tell you that you need to be yourself, but your best self. I call bullshit on those old, uppity grannies. If you value looking exactly perfect like a tan, blonde Barbie, you would already look like that. However, if you don’t look like that, it’s probably because it’s not your biggest priority and you shouldn’t be striving to fit into a house that values different things than you do. Whichever house you fit in with the best, those girls will love you just the way you are now. DO look put together during recruitment–don’t be a slob just because you’re being naturally you. You have to put in at least a little effort.

4. Pack snacks and water with you.
It’s hot as hell and you’re going to sweat. If you don’t rehydrate and refuel, you WILL pass out–more than 20 girls passed out last year at my school during recruitment. Don’t let that be you!

5. The girls inside are more nervous than you are.
This isn’t a myth. They really are. Most of the girls who will talk to you inside the house will be sophomores with no experience in trying to convince people their house is the greatest. Also, their recruitment chair is more than likely putting a lot of pressure on them to convince you to join, so their nerves are pretty high. That said, go in smiling, kind, and calm. Take a deep breath before you walk into the house to help you take it all in without getting overwhelmed. It’s scary at first, but if you just act like yourself and be super open and kind, you won’t be nervous after the first house.

6. If you meet the recruitment chair or president, that means the chapter REALLY likes you and wants you.
The top dogs make a point to meet each of their top picks during recruitment.

7. Have a good profile picture since like, yesterday.
The girls have already started creeping on you, and at least one of them has seen your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, even if you think they don’t know who you are. They do. Also, it’s better to have everything private than public, even if it’s totally clean. A little mystery is good for us creepers. It’s alluring. Use it to your advantage.

8. DON’T practice what you’re going to say during parties.
Don’t try to strategize or anything. The sorority girls already know your résumé and if you parrot it to them, they will think you’re an awkward weirdo and they might even cut you that day. Be humble, tell them about the cool trip you took this summer, talk about that movie you both just saw last week, whatever. Just don’t try to convince them you’re the shit or they will–I repeat, WILL–think you are a weirdo and cut you. Just let the conversation flow naturally. It’s their job to drive the conversation, not yours. Don’t feel pressured to come up with things to say.

9. If you want to join XYZ house, tell them you want to be there.
If you’re a legacy for TriGamma but you want to be an Alpha Beta Xi, tell Alpha Beta Xi that you cut TriGamma and you absolutely want to be at Alpha Beta Xi on Bid Day and that you love hanging out with them so much. But then actually cut TriGamma. Don’t be that girl who leads on every house and ends up joining her legacy house anyway. That girl sucks.

10. Don’t ask boys which house you should join or which one is the best.
They will tell you either the slutty ones or the ones that drink a lot. I don’t know how much I can emphasize this, but go to the parties. Have normal conversations. Be your actual self. Join the house where you will be the most comfortable!

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What’s in My Tote!

University of Texas Open House has concluded!  Good job ladies!!  You’ve all probably realized the tips and tricks that keep you looking fabulous as you trek through the heat and the humidity to visit each house, but maybe you’ll find one here you hadn’t thought of yourself!

  1. Deodorant — really any kind will do, but it’s necessary.  This week is all about personal presence and showing off the best you you can be!  (That means you’ve got to smell good, too)
  2. Compact Mirror — you’ll be reapplying lip gloss and combing your hair before parties.  
  3. Maybelline Concealer stick — great for those annoying blemishes and dark circles!  
  4. Revlon ColorStay Pressed Powder — use to minimize shine (because you will be sweating)
  5. Sugar Rose Lip Treatment with SPF — use under your lip gloss to keep your lips healthy and protected!
  6. Covergirl Outlast All-Day Lip ColorStep 1: Apply an even layer of the All-Day Colorcoat, then wait until it dries completely (about a minute or so). Step 2:  Apply the moisturizing top coat for added moisture and shine. Reapply the top coat whenever you like to keep lips soft and moist.
  7. A comb or hair brush.  Why? This one really doesn’t need too much explaining.
  8. Nail Clippers — just in case!  Better to be overprepared, right?

Welcome additions that we didn’t take pictures of (oops!)

  • Blotting Papers  A generic drugstore brand will work just as well as any fancy scented ones.
  • As the days go on, you my want to consider packing a pair flip flops to slip on before sprinting to your next party
  • A Map of Guide (probably provided by your recruitment counselors)

UT Panhellenic Sorority Spotlight: Kappa Delta

To view the Texas Kappa Delta Promotion video, click here!

The recently renovated KD house is one of the best located near the UT Campus — right across from late-night food and a Starbucks and a two-minute walk from campus.  As a chapter Kappa Delta ranked with the highest GPA of all fourteen sororities at the University of Texas for Fall 2013, as ranked by Panhellenic.  The Sigma Epsilon chapter raised $45,000 for the Austin Center for Child Protection & Prevent Child Abuse America this year through their philanthropy activities like the Shamrock Golf Tournament and KD Quesadillas during Roundup Weekend.

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Fast facts:

  Founded in 1897 in Farmville, VA

  Symbols: nautilus shell, dagger, teddy bear, katydid

  Colors: olive green & pearl white

  Philanthropies: Girls Scouts of the USA, Prevent Child Abuse America, Children’s Hospital of Richmond, Orthopaedic Research Awards

  Notable KDs: Leigh Ann Tuohy (The Blind Side), Georgia O’Keeffe, Ali Landry (Miss USA 1996), Bonnie Jeane Dunbar (former astronaut), Patricia Polito Miller (co-founder of Vera Bradley designs), Sarah Belle (youtube blogger), Mallorie Mach (winner of the 2014 Hyperion Award

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Looking for more information or some of these inspiring ladies’ stories?  Check out these links!

http://utexas.kappadelta.org/

http://www.texaspanhellenic.com/

http://www.leighannetuohy.com/

http://sarahbelle93.tumblr.com/

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UT Panhellenic Sorority Spotlight: Chi Omega

Visit the Texas Chi Omega’s website here:  http://www.texaschiomega.com/

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Fast facts:

  Founded in Fayetteville, AR at the University of Arkansas on April 5, 1895.  UT Iota Chapter founded in 1904

  Symbols: Skull and Crossbones

  Mascot: Owl

  Colors: Cardinal and Straw

  Flower: White Carnation

  Philanthropy: Make a Wish Foundation.  In addition to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Chi Omegas at The University of Texas participate in other University events such as Dance Marathon, Phi Psi Field Day, Cowboy’s Spring BBQ benefiting ARC and Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s Cooking for Kids. Locally, Texas Chi Omegas support Tie Dye For Tomorrow, Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure, Highland Park Elementary HOOT and Sorority Girl For A Day through Hill Country Middle School.

  Motto: Hellenic Culture and Christian Ideals

  Notable ChiOs: Lucy Liu, Beth Moore, Heather Locklear, Harper Lee, Susan Helms

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Here’s some fun facts about the Texas Chi Omegas!!

• Last semester, the Chi O chapter ranked 4th out of the 14 sororities for their GPA here on the UT campus — congrats to them!

• Their beautiful house is right on the corner of Rio Grande and 28th, so be prepared for a loooong walk, especially if you’re making the rush all the way from Pi Phi (but we suggest catching the shuttle from Kappa and APhi)

• Melissa’s Custom Gifts Board Member Cristin Doyle is an MIS and Corporate Finance major in the McCombs School of Businesses with a minor in Spanish.  She’s also the Head New Member Educator for Chi Omega, sits on the BBA Women’s Council, and participates in Young Life.  

Visit these links to learn more, view pictures, or contact the Texas Chi Omegas:

https://twitter.com/txchiomega

http://www.texaschiomega.com/

UT Panhellenic Sorority Spotlight: Alpha Phi

Check out the Texas Alpha Phi website: http://www.texasalphaphi.com/

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Fast facts:

  Founded 

  • Alpha Phi is the fourth oldest national women’s sorority.
  • Three of the founders were listed in Who’s Who of America: Clara Bradley Burdette, Martha Foote Crow, and Rena Michaels Atchison.

  Symbols: ivy leaf

  Colors: Silver and Bordeaux

  Flower: lily of the valley & the forget-me-not

  Philanthropy: The Alpha Phi Foundation, Heart to Heart Cardiac Care, American Heart Association

  Motto: Union hand in hand.

  Notable APhis: Georgia Neese Gray (First woman treasurer of the United States), Alice Waters (award-winning chef), Andrea Wong (former Chief Executive Officer and President of Lifetime Networks), Stacia Hookom (first female named to the U.S. National Snowboarding Team), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (best known for her role in the Father of the Bride movies)

Connect with the Alpha Phis and hear more about these wonderful women!

Facebook

Texas Alpha Phi Blog

Twitter

UT Panhellenic Sorority Spotlight: Alpha Epsilon Phi

 Check out the Texas AEPhis: http://www.aephitexas.com/

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Fast facts:

  Founded on October 24, 1909 at Barnard College in Harlem, New York City by seven Jewish women; Helen Phillips Lipman, Ida Beck Carlin, Rose Gerstein Smolin, Augustina “Tina” Hess Solomon, Lee Reiss Liebert, Rose Salmowitz Marvin, and Stella Strauss Sinsheimer

  Symbols: columns

  Mascot: Giraffe: It’s got the biggest heart, and its head is above the rest.

  Colors: Green & White

  Flower: Lily of the Valley

  Philanthropy: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation &
Sharsheret

  Motto: Many Hearts, One Purpose

  Notable AEPhis: Lauren Weisberger (author of The Devil Wears Prada), Erica Hill (CNN anchor), Nancy Goodman Brinker (Founder of the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research; appointed in 2001 as Ambassador to Hungary), Lillian Copeland (Olymbpic Gold & Silver medalist)

Looking for more information or some of these inspiring ladies’ stories?  Check out these links!

https://www.aephi.org/

http://www.laurenweisberger.com/

http://www.nancygbrinker.com/

http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/copeland-lillian

Hyperion Award 2014

Congratulations to the 2014 Hyperion Award Winners — recognizing significant contributions to Greek life from Texas Sorority and Fraternity Life!  These awards honor sorority and fraternity members who work diligently to improve the community and for their unselfish contributions to their chapters and councils.

Brooke Dorris — Texas Alpha Xi Delta

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Javier Abrego — Texas Delta Alpha Omega

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Inmer Cardona — Texas Sigma Lambda Beta

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Katie Saxman (soon to be Cramer!) — Texas Alpha Delta Pi & Phi Delta Theta Sweetheart

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Mallorie Mach — Texas Kappa Delta & UPC

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Peggie Wann — Texas Alpha Kappa Delta Phi

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Veronica Rivera — Texas Sigma Lambda Gamma

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Congratulations, ladies and gentlemen!