alpha kappa omicron

Please don’t pass judgement on something you don’t understand.

I just read an article about a sorority recruitment video that “is worse for women than Donald Trump”–I read the entire article and watched the video, expecting some horrendous taboo recruitment video. I didn’t get what I expected. It was a complete run of the mill plain Jane recruitment video. The article states"It’s all so racially and aesthetically homogeneous and forced, so hyper-feminine, so reductive and objectifying, so Stepford Wives: College Edition. It’s all so … unempowering,”. When in reality it shows a group of girls goofing around, having fun and bonding with each other to form a sisterhood. Sisterhood is ultimately the reason a girl joins a sorority in the first place, so showcasing that is an extremely important part of the recruitment process. Speaking from experience, the making these types of videos is sometimes choreographed and sometimes someone just pulls out a camera and starts filming friends joking around, sitting and talking. 

Do the girls all have on nice outfits, their hair done and makeup on? Yes! Of course! Why would somebody post a video of their sorority looking like crap? That’s not going to attract PNMs. In many sororities, including my own, sisters pride themselves on appreciating beauty, both of themselves and their surroundings. This isn’t in vain or for shallow reasons, but simply because when we look our best, we feel our best. We are confident and ready to conquer anything. When we wear our letters or represent our houses, we are encouraged to spend a little extra time grooming in the morning to look put together. Similarly when I went on field trips in high school, we were instructed to wear nicer clothes and be nicely groomed because we were representing our school. There’s nothing wrong with taking pride in yourself. 

Thirdly, the author tells us that the video is lacking : any mention of core ideals or service and philanthropy efforts”. Recruitment videos are meant to be supplemental. They are shown to PNMs DURING the recruitment process. These PNMs are also talking to the sisters about their values and philanthropies. In fact, when I went through recruitment, the video was shown during our philanthropy round. We met with the girl who was recruiting us, talked about the philanthropy that house was involved in, watched the video, and did a small craft for the philanthropy (i.e. making sugar free iced tea lemonade for the JDRF walk when the philanthropy is Diabetes Research and Education). We don’t see it in the 5 minute video, but we talk about the values of the houses for 4 days, each time we visit. 

The author concludes saying “It’s the kind of thing I never want my young daughters to see or emulate.” That’s very sad, I want my daughter to emulate sorority women. Women who share a bond that lasts a lifetime. Women who seek wisdom, who aspire to keep their bodies and minds healthy, speak kindly with those who they meet and cherish the friendships they make along the way. I want her to be a woman who looks for ways to contribute to her community and show respect for herself, her home, and her beliefs. I want my daughter to be honest, kind and sincere. I want her to have high ambitions and find a way to reach them. That is the kind of woman I want to be, I want to raise and that is the kind of woman that is in a sorority. 


RANT OVER. Please, just do research and find the appropriate information on a subject before you pass judgment. Not everything about a system can be shown in a 5 minute video that’s meant to be an advertisement. 

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A very special RIP for the greek community at Georgia Southern University. Yesterday they lost three NPC sorority members (along with two more nursing students) in a terrible car crash outside of Savannah. Our hearts go out to the sisters, family and friends of the five girls who were lost. Prayers and sympathy for everyone who knew them. 

♥ RIP • Emily Clark • ΑΔΠ

♥ RIP • Morgan Bass • ΑΟΠ

♥ RIP ~ Abbie Deloach • KΔ

and 

♥ RIP ~ Catherine (McKay) Pittman • AΔX 

 “And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief.” ~ William Cullen Bryant

Paddles are a tradition in sororities. While many sororities have tried to stay away from paddles due to their historical uses, I believe that paddles are an essential part of Greek life. Whether you’re in PanHellenic, IFC, for MGC paddles are common place. I have complied a list of my five favorite paddles that I have come across on Pinterest.

1. Alpha Sigma Tau Anchor Paddle

2. Kappa Alpha Theta Tangled Paddle

3. Lilly Pulitzer Paddle

4. Gamma Phi Beta Floral Paddle

5. Gamma Phi Beta Quote Paddle

Bonus: Kappa Alpha Theta UP Paddle (this is my personal paddle that I gave to my big. Not on the top five, but I wanted to share it on my blog)

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sorority sugar IN LOVE

Totally cute & custom ~ choose your ink color, college, city, state and 2 of the following: Bid Day, Initiation Date, Chapter, Big Name, Little Name, or any other detail you would like on your pillow. What a fabulous graduation keepsake gift, big/little sugar, or new member giftie!! xoxo

SORORITEE ❤

🎉 Building the ultimate bid day goodie bag! 🎉

Q: I was wondering what would be some good items to put in a bid day goodie bag? 

A: First select a super cute tote bag  and then select your favorite treats to go inside. How many gifts you give depends on your budget. Ordering in bulk helps bring down the price per item. Everything you select should be customized with your sorority name, greek letters, symbols, or mascot for extra flair. Your new members will be thrilled to get their very first sorority swag from their new chapter!

🎁   Top 50 Sorority Bid Day Goodie Bag Gift Ideas! 🎁 

  • Tumbler
  • Mug
  • Water Bottle
  • Koozie
  • Plush Toy 
  • Headband 
  • Sunglasses
  • Notebook
  • Note Pad/Note Cards
  • Sticky Notes/Tabs 
  • Key Fob
  • Luggage Tag
  • Laptop/Car Decal 
  • Stickers
  • Magnets
  • Picture Frame 
  • Candy 
  • Landyard 
  • Sunglass Strap
  • Makeup Bag
  • Pens & Pencils
  • Pillowcase
  • Button 
  • Pocket Mirror
  • Casual Bracelet 
  • Bumper Sticker
  • License Plate Frame
  • Coin Purse
  • Nail Files
  • Nail Polish/Nail Wraps 
  • Metallic Tattoos 
  • Mini Clipboard 
  • Hair Ties 
  • Socks 
  • Flip Flops
  • Dry Erase Board 
  • Cookies
  • Small ID Holder
  • Decorative Wood Block
  • Bottle of Bubbles
  • Colorful Straws 
  • Plastic Mason Jar
  • Charm
  • Hanging Decor 
  • Art Print
  • Lip Balm
  • Stemmed Cup
  • Dog Tag
  • Weekly/Monthly Calendar
  • Coasters

Also fun for your new members to wear on bid day ~ tank top/tee shirt, cap and fanny pack!

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The sisterhood has grown so much since I crossed in Fall 2009. The sisters who guided me through my process are now alumni. They have passed down the traditions and taught us everything they know. Now it’s our turn. Having these new faces in the sorority just keeps me motivated. Alpha Kappa Omicron may be small compared to others, but our love and passion for this organization is greater than any number.