My sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, held a "Big/Little" reveal last night. A "Little" is a new member of the chapter and a "Big" is an upperclassman who is often their mentor, guide or even best friend. Bigs and Littles are picked through a mutual selection process. After the Big finds out which new member is her Little, she keeps it a secret. The Big then leaves the Little gifts throughout the week of reveal with hints to who she is.
When the reveal is and how we reveal is also a secret. Last night, we told the new members we had something at the chapter house. When they arrived, there were shirts and socks left in their mailboxes to put on.
Our bid day theme was Wizard of Oz, and we tried to keep that theme with Big/Little Reveal. That's where the socks came into play. (When the house falls on the witch and all that is showing is her feet)
The Bigs all had shirts and socks that matched their Little. Between the living room and multipurpose room, we had a big blanket up. The Bigs were on one side, and the Littles and chapter member sat on the other. One by one, the Bigs stood behind the blanket, with their socks showing. The new member with the matching socks would then come to the other side of the blanket. The blanket was then dropped to reveal the Big/Little pair.
Following Big/Little, we always go to Denny's after all the excitement, almost 50 Alpha Chi's filled up the dining area!
My newest Little is Lauren Kasun, she is from Cedarburg, Wisconsin and is an Equestrian major. I am so happy to add her to my Greek family. Also in my Greek family is my first Little, Diana Lee. She has a Little, Katie Turner. Katie also received a new member as Little last night.
It was my last Big/Little, for it is my senior year, and I must say it was one for the books.
Allow me to begin this blog post by letting you know the life has been excellent as of late! Great things are happening all around me. The Owls Baseball Team is performing well on a consistent basis, sporting a record of 28 wins and 9 losses. We have two weekends left in the regular season and then we head off to compete in the conference tournament to play for a conference title and a trip the national tournament.
Also, the founding of a new fraternity, Sigma Tau Gamma, at William Woods has been progressing swimmingly. We've been able to assemble a great group of guys with the qualities of leadership, ambition, optimism, and individuality. By embracing one another, we have been able to broaden our own horizons and develop a culture of open-mindedness. I am proud that I took the first step, with many of my brothers, to do something new. To challenge ourselves. To be the best men we can possibly be at all times.
William Woods Greek Life offers a one of a kind opportunity to those who join. Not only does going Greek offer a sense of involvement in the community, it also sets you up to make new, lifelong friends. I am fortunate to be a part of the family that is Greek Life at WWU!
This week is a very special week here at the Woods, it is Greek Week! This is a week where all of the sorority and fraternity chapters on campus can unite together and raise money and awareness for a cause, while also celebrating accomplishments. The cause for the last few years has been the Buddy Pack program.
The Buddy Pack program was created because for many students on free and reduced priced school meals are their only area of reliable nutrition. This puts them at risk for hunger over the weekend. The Food Bank provides Buddy Packs to children in elementary schools, 28 of the 32 counties.
Buddy Packs are backpacks filled with kid-friendly, nutritious food that students take home over the weekend or holiday periods to supplement their meals when there is not enough for them to eat at home. After the weekend, volunteers at the schools then refill their packs.
I had my first experience with the Buddy Pack program when I was in high school. I was a member of National Honor Society and we would stuff Buddy Packs for children at our school for part of our service work. It means a lot to me that I am still able to contribute.
The main part of the week is raising funds and awareness, but I am also excited for the awards ceremony. I was on the panel that did the interviews for the awards and I am really excited to see the faces of the winners. They truly deserve it.
This is the schedule for the week:
Monday, April 6–
- Start fundraising for the Buddy Pack program.
- Banners Up!
- Have banners up! These banners should say Greek Week as well as have something on it about the Buddy Pack program
Wednesday, April 8 –
6 p.m.– Gym
- Fun games and activities in the gym. We will be combining the chapters and contestants will be picked at random to play multiple games and activities.
Thursday April 9–
6 p.m. – Dulany Auditorium
- Greek Awards and Service Award Winner
- This WILL be a formal event. Please come dressed in pin clothes. (Pin clothes are dress clothes that you wear with your sorority/fraternity pin or badge.)
- All Buddy Pack fundraising money will be due by noon at CSI.
Friday April 10 –
Woods 101 Event, Aldridge
- Buddy Backpack stuffing, if you are a student coming to 101 please join us
This is going to be a busy but amazing week. On top of this schedule, we have Sigma Alpha Epsilon's philanthropy week. This is a fraternity over at Westminster. They have events throughout the week to raise money for their philanthropy, Lafayette County Cancer Coalition. They are raising awareness for Bile Duct cancer. I am so proud to be making such a difference in one week, this is the stuff that I live for!
I can't wait to see you all at Woods 101. Please comment below if you are planning on attending, I would love to meet you!
When I was applying for college, I never even considered Greek Life. I didn't see myself as your typical "sorority girl", the ones who show up in television shows and movies. Then I went to Freshman Advantage and I met many mentors who participated in Greek Life here at The Woods, and my opinion about Greek Life changed a little bit. Upon moving in, I still didn't expect to join a house, but at the end of recruitment I had fallen in love with Greek Life and Alpha Phi.
Greek Life on campus is a great way to get involved! As a Sophomore, I am an officer in my house and I've made great friends. We have a lot of fun events across the Greek Community and in Alpha Phi.
Every year we have a Father's Weekend in the fall where we invite our dads to come visit. We just had ours two weeks ago, and my dad came and we had a great time!
The highlights of the weekend were a skeet/trap shooting trip, and a BBQ at our sorority house! The first time my dad and I shot skeet was last year during Father's Weekend. We both hit 3 targets out of about 35. This year neither of us hit a single target (we like to blame it on the rain, though that probably had nothing to do with it), but we had a blast anyway! Some of the other dads had lots of shooting experience, and they tried to help us but we didn't get all that far. I'll be able to give my dad a hard time about his aim for a very long time!
When I first decided to join a house, my parents did not really understand what it meant. They, like me, only knew the stereotypes portrayed by the media. After coming to Father's Weekend two years in a row, my dad understands exactly why I went Greek. I have made so many great relationships, memories, and I have learned leadership skills and made connections that will help me later in life.
This coming weekend is Fall Family Weekend for William Woods. My mom is coming to visit and I am so excited to see her! It is nice that my parents can come to Fulton to spend time with me during the school year. They like to "adopt" other girls in my sorority who live too far away for their parents to come. We all go shopping in Columbia, out to dinner, or even just hang out and watch movies. It's really fun! Having so many sorority sisters has given me a home here at William Woods and my "family" has gotten so much bigger!
I hope you are enjoying fall! Remember to spend some time with your family 🙂