It's October and that means playoff baseball is here! There is nothing better than getting together with my friends and teammates to watch the greatest players in the world play the greatest game on planet Earth. The playoffs mean throwing pizzas in the oven, getting up to speed on the latest game day predictions, and then battening down the hatches for 9 innings of Cardinal baseball. Last night the St. Cardinals beat the LA Dodgers 3 to 2 after a home run by Matt Adams off of Clayton Kershaw in the 7th inning. Our apartment went bananas when the Cardinals took the lead! Year in and year out you can find fans of all types cheering their team to victory here at William Woods! As for right now, it's time for playoff baseball. I wish it was always October. We are Cardinal Nation!
Hey, friends! We're down to the very last day of classes before finals. Looking back, I'm curious where all my time has gone! It's been a great first semester for my junior year, and I'm so excited for what's coming next. With all the visiting students, it's been difficult to sit down and share with you all on my blog. I am so happy to show students the place I love most, so cramming all the activities of the last few weeks into one post isn't bad at all.
Last month in my sorority, we had our philanthropy week. Philanthropy weeks consist of activities and competitions to raise money and awareness about our cause. In Chi Omega's case, we support the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and we call our week, "Wish Week!" It was so much fun! We started the week on November 11th, at 11:11. What better time for a week about wishes? The surrounding sororities and fraternities came to our events to celebrate Make-A-Wish, and when you get the Greek community together it is always a good time. The participants played in a dodgeball tournament, hung up banners for Chi Omega and Make-A-Wish, and sang songs to us about our house and our cause. We even had a day for penny wars where pennies are worth positive points, and silver coins and bills are worth negative points. It's a game of strategy for the competiting houses, but the friendly competition helped us raise over $1,000!
The whole week, we were inspired by a wonderful little guy named Sam, or as we all know him, Superman Sam! Sam is 5 years old and is currently battling a rare cancer. He was recently given the opportunity to have his wish granted, and we were so inspired by his story! We couldn't wait to meet him and thankfully, we got the opportunity at our last event, the Wish Walk! The Wish Walk is a 5K that we host here in Fulton. After hearing about Superman Sam and about our cause, the community and campus stepped up to participate. It was awesome to see everyone in their Wish Walk shirts smiling and having fun in support of Sam! At the close of the week, we raised a total of $5,000 for Make-A-Wish! It felt so great to know that we could benefit a child just like Superman Sam!
After a great Wish Week, we got closer to Thanksgiving break. It's always nice to go home to your family and visit friends! I really enjoyed all the family time and especially the food (Hey mom, if you're reading this -- you're the bomb!). I always miss WWU when I am home, so thankfully I had basketball practice on Friday night and was able to come back to campus with my teammates!
Now, we are up to the last week of class. Again, where has my time gone?? It has been such a fast, thrilling, sometimes crazy but completely wonderful fall here at the Woods. If you haven't had the opportunity to join us this semester, I hope to see you soon! With Christmas break approaching, this will be my last post until next semester! Happy Holidays and safe travels to all of you! To my William Woods family, I'll miss you dearly until we return. Good luck on finals to students of any age, and thanks again for reading!
For more info about the Chi Omega chapter at William Woods University, visit https://www.facebook.com/#!/ChiOmegaWWU and like our page!
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I can't believe it is already October! Time flies when you get involved!
Today, I'd like to share some insight on my most recent involvement on campus through the Student Alumni Council, or SAC. I've been in SAC since I was a sophomore and it's been a blast! Throughout the year, we host educational and entertaining events for the students to build unity and university spirit. We also collaborate with alumni to help current students transitioning after college. SAC hosts a variety of events from Senior Week: a week of events dedicated to help students who are graduating, to Courtwarming: a week that resembles Homecoming but is at a basketball game instead! Not only do students enjoy coming to our events, we really enjoy putting them on!
Most recently, the junior class has been organizing our second annual Woods Factor! It is a talent show open to any students with any talents with 1st-4th place payouts. In this year's show we only had 4 acts, but the attendance was around 250! Dulaney Auditorium was packed and students were filing into the seats to see the show.
The first act was junior Cassandra O'Connell singing "I Dreamed a Dream," from Les Miserables. She sang a beautiful saprano version, and the crowd errupted with applause after she finished.
The second act was returnig Woods Factor winner, senior Georgia Hellum-Willits, better known as Georgia Ruth. Georgia sang her original song, "Up in Flames," while playing her guitar. She has such a unique sound, and I still get chills thinking about it!
The third act was a dancing duo by two of my best friends at WWU, senior Amy Gibson and sophomore Kaylee Ferrier. They performed a hip-hop number to "Love On Top," by Beyonce. It is one thing to watch your friends dance around in your residence hall and be goofy, but it's another to watch them on stage. When they performed, I was so proud of them!
The final act was senior Darus Brondel, who sang a song by the Backstreet Boys titled, "I Want It That Way." When the song started to play, the audience went crazy! It's always fun to hear a throwback jam! While he was singign, I looked around the auditorium and all the students were clapping and singing along.
The winner of the Woods Factor is chosen by those in attnedence. After the final performance, the students in the audience texted in their votes. In first place was Georgia Ruth for the second year in a row! She was followed by Darus, then Amy and Kaylee, and then Cassandra. Everyone who participated won giftcards.
Thinking back on the talent show, I'm so overwhelmed with pride for my classmates. Although we come from different backgrounds, we have different reasons for being here, and we all have different plans for the future, we come together at times like this and have such a blast (I have the biggest smile while I sit here and write this!). It was great to see the support that the audience had for all the contestants and I am really happy that I was a part of it.
Whatever you do and wherever you are in your life, I encourage you to get involved. There isn't much that compares to being part of something bigger than yourself! If you are considering William Woods University, and you want to see what our university has to offer, a link to Student Organizations is at the bottom of this post.
Who knows, you might just find the perfect place for yourself at the Woods! I know I did!
Student Organizations page: http://williamwoods.edu/student_life/student_organizations.asp