This has been a wonderful week here at The Woods that started off with a giant snow fall! It was such a pretty sight out the window to see the white blankets all around. We did not get a snow day, but after classes were over we managed to carve out some time to take cute pictures in the snow. I cannot even explain how much fun a ton of fluffy snow is when you are with your friends.
Not only did we get to enjoy the snowfall, but this week just so happened to be Courtwarming and Lyrefest! I am on Student Alumni Council (SAC) and the junior class gets to put on Courtwarming. We picked a Hunger Games theme and planned many events and spirit days. We also have king and queen candidates and there is voting in Tucker Dining Hall all week. I am in charge of the pep rally that is Friday and I could not be more excited. Check out fellow blogger Dakota Smith's blog for more information, we are on SAC together.
Lyrefest is the philanthropy week for my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. Other fraternities and sororities help us raise awareness for domestic violence and sexual assault. We also use this week to raise money for the Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence organization that is right here in Fulton. The events we have had so far are a volleyball tournament and serenades. When I was touring WWU, my guide mentioned serenades and I was very confused by this. Serenades are songs that are rewritten to have words or phrases that are specific to the sorority or fraternity chapter that is having their philanthropy week. So basically we had other fraternity and sorority chapters come over to our hall and sing songs about us to us in our basement, doesn't that sound awesome?
I have been creating so many memories this week and I really do not want it to end.
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).
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!
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!
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!