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10Nov/142

Barn Dance

This past weekend was very eventful! On Friday, we had and equestrian admissions weekend. This was a very fun event and I met lots of prospective students that I really felt a connection with. Though I am not an equestrian myself, we were able to bond over many things from activities in common to sass. (Annie and Courtney, I hope you know that you were the sassiest).

Also on Friday, I was in the talent show. I did a rap by Eminem dressed as an M&M with the sorority sister Melissa by my side to sing the chorus. I promised pictures, but I didn't end up getting any good ones of my costume. I do have a video of the rap, if anyone is ever on campus and is curious what I sound like when I rap.

On Saturday I went home to take pictures for the church directory with my family and celebrate my dad's birthday. (He turns 50 on Nov. 13!) I am from Centralia, Mo. so it was about a 45 minute drive there and back. After my family stuffed me full of food, I came back to campus for my sorority's Barn Dance.

The Barn Dance was filled with line dances, plaid and fun with my sorority sisters and friends. This is the second dance of the semester that my sorority has held. I also plan to attend Phi Gamma Delta's semi-formal this December.

 

Brandy, me and Alyssa at Alpha Chi Omega barn dance.

Brandy, me and Alyssa at Alpha Chi Omega barn dance.

Jaryd, me and Joey dressed for Barn Dance. Jaryd and Joey are members of the fraternity Phi Gamma Delta.

Jaryd, me and Joey dressed for Barn Dance. Jaryd and Joey are members of the fraternity Phi Gamma Delta.

26Sep/144

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

 

Happy Friday! It’s been a busy week here at the Woods. One of my favorite things this week happened to be put on by members of my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega.

Sugar cookies on table.

This is my sorority sister, Sadie Herrick, handing out cookies outside of Tucker Dining Hall.

Sugar cookies with purple ribbon icing.

Sugar cookies with the purple ribbon.

 

My sorority’s philanthropy is domestic violence awareness, and we work very closely to the local Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) shelter here in Fulton.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The intent of this awareness month was to connect battered women's advocates across the nation and to end violence against women and their children.

To start raising awareness early, a few women in my sorority baked cookies and handed them out at a table right out front of Tucker Dining Hall.

Not only is this a great cause, but I also was able to help work my designing skills and create a handout to also go on the table. I am not much of a baker, so being able to help in any other way that I can is very important to me.

 

Purple Ribbon Run flyer.

This is the flyer for the upcoming 5k.

With this week coming to an end, I am already creating a plan for next week. Another way that I am going to help out is with the CARDV shelter’s 5k. I am not the best runner in the world, considering how clumsy I can be, so I plan to walk it or volunteer to help out wherever is needed.

I feel lucky that the students at William Woods have many opportunities to help out with causes bigger than ourselves.

28Feb/142

LyreFest!

This week we celebrated one of my favorite events of the year... LYREFEST! :) 1896726_2067168081197_1298181792_n

 

Perhaps a little backstory would be helpful. Every sorority and fraternity on campus has an organization (or "philanthropy") that they support, and each sorority and fraternity gets one week out of the school year dedicated to raising money and awareness for their cause. This week was Lyrefest, the philanthropy week for Alpha Chi Omega!! We held several fun events this week to rally support for our organization, CARDV (Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence).

Me and several other girls from AXO ready to cheer on the Capture the Flag contestants!

Me and several other girls from AXO ready to cheer on the Capture the Flag contestants!

 

 

 

Tuesday night the other sororities and fraternities at WWU and Westminster College played Capture The Flag in the gym! First the girls competed, and then the guys. I have to say, some of the fraternity guys got a little intense at times! My sisters and I had a blast cheering on all the players. One of WWU's very own fraternities, Phi Gamma Delta (affectionately known as "Fiji") came home with first place for the guys, and WWU's Chi Omega chapter won first for the girls!

Fiji holding their flag in victory!

Fiji holding their flag in victory!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After serenades, the AXO seniors gathered for a group picture with our current sweetheart, Mason Kraemer from Pi Kappa Alpha!

After serenades, the AXO seniors gathered for a group picture with our current sweetheart, Mason Kraemer from Pi Kappa Alpha!

 

 

Wednesday night was my favorite event: serenades! For this event, each participating sorority and fraternity picked a couple well-known songs and changed some of the lyrics to make them specifically about Alpha Chi Omega and/or the fight against domestic violence. Every year, they ways to work the seniors' names into the songs, which is always fun! After attending serenades for four years, it was pretty crazy to finally get to sit in the front row and hear people throw my name out! We basically got to sit in our basement and be serenaded for several hours... It was a great time! Fiji won first again for the guys, and this time Alpha Phi took home first for the girls!

 

 

Several girls from our chapter, along with Keegan and Chasah (the two not dressed in black), this year's Lyre Lord and Lyre Lady!

Several girls from our chapter, along with Keegan and Chasah (the two not dressed in black), this year's Lyre Lord and Lyre Lady!

Thursday we held the final event: Lyre Lord and Lyre Lady. Each sorority and fraternity picks one or two people to represent them in this event, which is kind of similar to a pageant. The contestants answer questions about domestic violence statistics and show off one of their unique talents. Sometimes people sing, juggle, dance, recite poetry... The talents people possess are practically endless! This year, Chasah from Delta Gamma was crowned Lyre Lady for interpreting a song into American Sign Language as it played over the loudspeakers. Keegan from Kappa Alpha at Westminster was crowned Lyre Lord for his robotic dance moves.

 

 

 

Everyone at Alpha Chi counts down to this week for a really long time, and it always goes by way too quickly! While ours only comes once a year, there are enough sororities and fraternities at WWU and Westminster that we usually don't have to wait very long for the next group's philanthropy week to come around, and then we get to return the favor by participating in all of their events! Philanthropy weeks are a wonderful way to get out of your comfort zone and try new things while hanging out with a bunch of wonderful people. They are definitely going to be one of the things I miss the most about my experience here at WWU!